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John E. Mitchell

John was an owner and principal partner of John Mitchell & Associates for many years until he joined James M. Ridge & Associates in 2004.  He established and now manages our Peoria office. John is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1969. He then graduated from The John Marshall Law School in 1974. 

John has extensive experience in workers’ compensation litigation and has handled numerous cases before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, including appeals to the various Circuit Courts and the Workers’ Compensation Division of the Appellate Court. In addition to working as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Workers’ Compensation Division, John has successfully argued a number of cases before the Illinois Supreme Court.

John also lectures to various groups, including local Bar Associations, Unions and continuing legal education groups primarily in central and western Illinois. He is a member of the Peoria County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

John has been married to his wife Ginny for 39 years. Ginny also works out of our Peoria office as an Administrative Assistant.  They have two adult daughters and enjoy spending time with their three granddaughters, Libby aged 7, Nora aged 4, and Sophia who is a year and a half. John is an avid fisherman and loves to spend as much of his free time as he can reeling in the elusive muskie. 

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