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John W. Fisk
July 23, 1955 – April 9, 2023
It is with immense sorrow that we announce the passing of our friend, partner, and leader, John W. Fisk. John was the consummate professional, was known for his generosity but also wit and wisdom. John is survived by his loving wife and his children, Kirsten Fisk, Christian (Zaira) Fisk, Skyler Fisk, Peyton (Caleb) Fisk, and Eliza Fisk; grandchildren: Aviana, Alba, Lila, Thea, and Holden; Siena and Elijah Fisk; Aurora Fisk; Christian John Fisk; his mother, Elizabeth (Richard) Ross; siblings, Joe Fisk, Andrea Johnson, Kimberly Fisk, and Dawn (Stephanie) Fisk; his mother-in-law, Rita Streight; his brothers-in-law, Mark (Joanne) Streight, James (Kim) Streight and Jonas Streight; as well as beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
For over thirty years, John vigorously protected the rights of the wrongfully injured and was highly regarded in the legal community. John had a myriad of achievements including recognition by the legal profession’s most prestigious peer-review rating organization for his outstanding legal ability and ethical standards. In testament to John’s legal ability, in a case known as Studt v. Sherman Health Systems, he championed a novel basis for patients to be compensated for injuries caused by a hospital’s neglect. The Illinois Supreme Court adopted John’s arguments, thereby causing a significant shift in Illinois’ tort system in favor of the injured patient. John also enjoyed lecturing on medico-legal matters to various academic institutions and professional organizations. He was recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers Association, and he received the Top 10 Attorney Award by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. The Knights of Columbus gave John its Shining Armor Award.
Although John leaves us an extraordinary legacy, our sense of loss is great.