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   3John P. NicoaraPeoria(309) 674-6085nicoaralaw@mtco.comnicoaralaw@mtco.comLaw Offices of John P. Nicoarawww.nicoara.comwww.nicoara.comnicoarajohnp.jpgPersonal Injury Defense Law: GeneralPersonal Injury Law: GeneralPersonal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & MaritimeADR Law: Personal InjuryTrucking and Automotive NegligenceGeneral Negligence LawLiability Insurance CoverageDramshop LitigationMedical Malpractice
John P. Nicoaranicoaralaw@mtco.com
Law Offices of John P. Nicoarahttp://www.nicoara.com
416 Main St Ste 815
Peoria IL 61602-1115
Ph.(309) 674-6085 Fx.(309) 674-6032
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Personal Injury Defense Law: General    Trucking and Automotive Negligence
Personal Injury Law: General    General Negligence Law
Personal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & Maritime     Liability Insurance Coverage
ADR Law: Personal Injury     Dramshop Litigation
    Medical Malpractice
Advisory Board Member
County:  Peoria
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Nicoara has more than 40 years of experience practicing law in Peoria. The firm serves clients throughout central Illinois, including Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, McLean, Knox, Marshall, Stark, Fulton and LaSalle counties. The firm is engaged primarily in personal injury litigation, but also focuses on federal civil rights and discrimination and other complex litigation matters.


Notable Cases and Results:  
Canopy v. Hentz, 345 Ill.App.3d 797 (3rd District 2004)

R.A.N. Consultants, Inc., vs. Peacock, 201 111.App.3d 67, 559 N.E.2d 283 (3rd Dist. 1990)

Arkansas Best Freight System, Inc., vs. Illinois News Service, Inc., 159 III.App.3d 775, 512 N.E.2d 1063 (3rd Dist. 1987)

Smith v. McNeil Corp., 74 III.App.3d 356, 392 N.E.2d 1376 (3rd Dist. 1979)

Allison v. Davies, 64 III.App.3d 900, 381 N.E.2d 1034 (3rd Dist. 1978)

National Bank of Bloomington vs. Podgogski, 57 III.App.3d 256, 373 N.E.2d 82 (3rd Dist. 1978)


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1975
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1976
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1982
U.S. Supreme Court, 1984


Year of Birth:  1948

Additional languages spoken:  Romanian

Law School:  University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, J.D., 1975

Law School Honors/Involvement:  University of Illinois Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor, 1974-1975

Undergraduate School:  University of Michigan, B.A., 1970

Representative Clients:  
Founders Insurance Company
Illinois Casualty Company


Employment History:  
Baner & Nicoara
  Partner, March 1976 - August 1980
Woodford County
  Assistant state's attorney, 1975-1978
U.S. Army
  Legal clerk, February 1971-September 1973


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee, 2002-2011
  Chairman, 2007-2009
Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program, 1998-2004
  Board member
  Secretary
Supreme Court of Illinois Committee on Judicial Performance Evaluation
Judicial Vacancy Advisory Screening Committee
Federal Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee
Peoria County Bar Association
  President, 1996-1997
  Director, 1982-present
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
  Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, 2004-present
Illinois Trial Lawyer's Association
Illinois Defense Counsel
Defense Research and Trial Lawyers Association
Woodford County Bar Association

Teaching Experience:
"Tort and Civil Procedure Update," Peoria County Bar Association, 1986-2013
Legal Ethics Seminar, Peoria County Bar Association, Oct. 8, 2007

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Martindale-Hubble AV Peer Review Rated, 1982-present
  • Carl H. Rolewick Award, Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program, 2003
  • Named a "Top Lawyer in Illinois" by Chicago Lawyer Magazine
  • Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, 2003-present


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