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Chicago Attorney John Nisivaco Elected Secretary of Illinois State Bar Association

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Chris Ruys
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For Immediate Release: 
August 13, 2012

John L. Nisivaco, a partner in the Chicago personal injury firm of Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC, has been elected secretary of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).

Nisivaco was appointed in November 2010 to fill a vacancy on the 25-member Board of Governors when Justice Mary Jane Theis resigned following her appointment to the Illinois Supreme Court, and was elected to a three-year term in 2011. Previously, Nisivaco served three terms on the ISBA’s policy-making Assembly. He is a past chair of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations and the Tort Law Section Council, and is a board member of the Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the ISBA.  He has been the editor of Tort Trends, the tort law publication for the ISBA, for the past 12 years.

Among his other professional and community activities, he is active in the American Association for Justice, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Lyons Township Mental Health Commission and teaches litigation strategy at the DePaul College of Law.

A resident of LaGrange, Nisivaco received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1993 and his bachelor’s degree in political science from Northern Illinois University in 1990.  He is married to Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald, an attending physician at Loyola University Medical Center.

The 33,000-member ISBA (, with offices in Springfield and Chicago, provides professional services to Illinois lawyers, and education and services to the public through a website (, a cable television program (“Illinois Law”), consumer brochures, and distribution of legal, informational news to daily and weekly newspapers.

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