Donald Ivansek has almost three decades of success in researching and drafting civil appellate briefs, complex motions, and responses. He has presented winning arguments before trial and reviewing courts throughout Illinois, and in over eleven states as pro hac vice counsel. He was a member of trial teams and has been coordinating counsel on numerous large and complicated cases, including mass tort litigation throughout the country. Mr. Ivansek is a member of the American Bar Association, and the Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois. Prior to joining Dolan Law as of Counsel, he was the Chairperson of the Appellate Practice Group of a prominent litigation firm in Chicago of over 100 lawyers for many years. He is listed in Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent-Peer Review Rated.
Mr. Ivansek has been active in several local charities and volunteer organizations including the Michael Begg Foundation of Chicago, a local group dedicated to providing educational funds for economically disadvantaged children.
Mr. Ivansek received a B.A. from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 1983, where he was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity and recently served on the National Alumni Board of Directors. He received a J.D., cum laude, from The John Marshall Law School in 1990.
A representative sampling of reported decisions from appellate cases handled by Mr. Ivansek include: Geraghty v. Continental Western Life Ins,. Co 281 Ill. App. 3d 669, 667 N.E. 2nd 510 (1st Dist. 1996); Cammon v. West Suburban Hospital Medical Center , 301 Ill. App. 3d 939, 704 N.E. 2d 731 (1st Dist. 1998); Castro v. Brown’s™ Chicken and Pasta, Inc., 314 Ill. App. 3d 542, 732 N.E. 2d 37 (1st Dist. 2000 ); McCorry v. Gooneratne , 332 Ill. App. 3d 935,775N.E. 2d 591 ( 1st Dist. 2002); Shaughnessy v. Skender Construction Co., 342 Ill. App. 3d 730, 794 N. E. 2d 937 ( 1st Dist. 2003 ); Monroe v. Trinity Hospital Advocate, 345 Ill. App. 3d 896, 803 N.E. 2d 1002 (1st Dist. 2003); Agnew v. Shaw , 355 Ill. App. 3d 981, 823 N.E. 2d 1046 (1st Dist. 2005)