Mark W. Rigazio
Mark Rigazio has been a successful trial lawyer for over 40 years. Based in Morris, Illinois, he focuses his practice in the counties of northern Illinois but has had the pleasure of trying serious personal injury cases before judges and juries throughout the entire state. Mark has secured compensation for injured parties in many different types of cases, including negligence, workers compensation, and product liability. Mark has a high winning percentage in representing injury victims and has secured several multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements in favor of his clients, including $3 million and $2.8 million settlements in product liability cases, $2 million and $2.6 million settlements in negligence cases, and $1.5 million and $1.286 million verdicts in personal injury cases, as a sampling. He has a long list of verdicts and settlements between $500,000 and $1 million. He has also argued cases before the Illinois Appellate Court and the Illinois Supreme Court and has served as an Arbitrator in personal injury cases as well.
Mark grew up in the LaSalle/Peru area and attended LaSalle-Peru High School. After graduating from Southern Illinois University, he attended Northern Illinois University College of Law. He worked his way through college and law school as a construction worker and dock worker, providing him with both a strong work ethic and a greater understanding of the working conditions that can lead to injuries. He was a member of the Iron Workers and Teamsters Unions during this time, working midnight shifts and weekends, while simultaneously beginning his family.
After graduating law school, Mark started his legal career as an Assistant State’s Attorney for LaSalle County, working his way from traffic and misdemeanor cases to felony and higher profile cases. He then accepted an invitation to be the First Assistant State’s Attorney of Grundy County in Morris, Illinois, where he prosecuted all types of felony cases with an aggressiveness for justice that resulted in a high conviction rate. Thereafter, Mark transitioned to private practice in Morris, continuing his work in criminal law, but as a defense attorney and building a reputation as an outstanding civil litigation attorney as well.
Mark’s civil litigation successes, particularly in the area of nursing home abuse, led to a newspaper article featuring him as an exceptional plaintiffs’ attorney. The Joliet Herald News stated, “Rigazio is a driving force behind protecting people from nursing home abuse and neglect.” He was also selected to author educational material for distribution to plaintiffs’ attorneys statewide regarding proper preparation and presentation of plaintiffs’ injury cases at trial, particularly the appropriate manner to represent abused and neglected individuals and their families against nursing homes. Mark is resolute in his determination to protect nursing home residents. His efforts have made strides in ensuring that these most vulnerable member of our society, deserving of respect and compassion, obtain the highest quality of care in their waning years. When nursing homes do not provide adequate care, Mark ensures appropriate compensation for residents and their families.
Mark represents his clients with compassion, understanding, and tenacity. Outside of his legal practice, he has engaged in numerous local voluntary endeavors, ranging from youth sports to community activities. He believes that the building of a solid community starts with the principles and foundation of those within the community.
Mark is proud to bring his experience to KGG, LLC and KGG, LLC is happy to bring its team to Mark.
“It is fulfilling to achieve a successful monetary result for my clients and their families. However, the ultimate satisfaction is simply being able to help those who are least able to help themselves, and to expose what I feel is profits over people. The practice of law is neither a job, a business, nor an occupation. It is your calling and duty.” – Mark Rigazio
- Illinois, 1981
- Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
- J.D. – 1981
- Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois
- B.S. – 1978
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Grundy County Bar Association
- Will County Bar Association
- LaSalle County Bar Association
- American Trial Lawyers Association
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
- Italian American Bar Association