In the state of Illinois, as in all states, there is what is known as the wrongful death act. What this law means is that after someone has died as a result of another’s act, a personal representative of the deceased can seek to recover financial compensation for the benefit of the surviving family. At the law firm of Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC, we have been representing families in these types of lawsuits for the past 30 years and have recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients.

Why to choose our wrongful death lawyers?
  • Legal team with 50+ years’ combined experience
  • $100+ million recovered in financial damages for clients
  • Included in Illinois Super Lawyers® and Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • A founding partner top-rated for ethics and legal skill (AV® rating)

We are completely dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured clients and their families, and when it comes to a wrongful death action, we are passionate about recovering the maximum amount that the law will allow to compensate the survivors for their loss.


Many people shy away from talk of lawsuits when their loved one has passed, but as time goes on, the loss of that person’s society, income, and guidance is felt more and more. The reason we urge you to talk to a wrongful death attorney in the Chicagoland area is that there are time limits in which you can legally bring an action for wrongful death.

In the state of Illinois, this legal right extends to:

  • The surviving spouse
  • Next of kin, both lineal and collateral
  • The parents of a deceased minor child
  • Adult children of the deceased

The law attempts to put a dollar value on the grief, sorrow, and mental suffering of the survivors. Unfortunately, financial compensation is the only measure of compensation that the law can provide. It is a small consolation when losing a loved one, but it is all our system can provide. If you wait and forego the opportunity to be compensated for your loss or your children’s’ loss, you may regret your decision someday.


Please contact our firm as soon as possible, so that we can fully advise you as to your rights and options in your time of sorrow. We understand the emotional nature of losing someone close to you and want to help take the burden of legal issues off of your already weary mind. Contact us at your earliest convenience.


Meet Our Team

Alan Boudreu

Founding Partner

John Nisivaco

Founding Partner

Jessica Ardon


Emily Noonan

Legal assistant

Eric Bandke


Membership & Awards


I came to John Nisivaco after being in a hit and run accident as a pedestrian. It was a very tough time for me and my family. When we contacted John we felt much more at ease. The whole experience was alleviated by John and the firm. He was upfront with us and told us all of our options and possible outcomes. With the case, we were always informed about its progress in a timely manner. I’m glad we came to John because he made our experience with my injury much easier and it was settled very quickly. He also looked ahead and made sure that I would be able to handle my settlement responsibly. I would recommend John Nisivaco to anyone who is thinking about hiring a personal injury attorney.

DaanishPersonal Injury Client

I just want to thank you so much for helping me get through a difficult time. I trusted you completely and you didn’t let me down. You were very professional and caring. My sister is going through a similar situation with her daughter and this incident happened over 3 years ago and she has gotten nowhere. I would highly recommend Boudreau & Nisivaco. You are the best!

Donna L.

Thank you so much for all of your help regarding my settlement! I am extremely grateful for all of your hard work and professionalism. You always took the time to answer my questions, and we knew there were many (sorry about that)! Again, a zillion Thank You's!


A few years ago, I used the law firm of Boudreau & Nisivaco for a work related injury and I was very impressed with their services. I received status updates in the mail and phone calls on my case as it progressed. Even after the settlement, my lawyer continued to call me to ask how I was doing. I would definitely recommend the Boudreau & Nisivaco law firm.


We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for representing us in our workers’ compensation claim in the most professional, knowledgeable and compassionate manner possible. You were there through the tears, the pain, and the heartache, and for that we will be forever grateful. You will always be very special to us.