Louis F. Pignatelli

Rock Falls, Illinois
815-626-0526 f


Louis F. Pignatelli currently practices law in several areas, focusing primarily on trial practice in cases concerning serious personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and neglect, and wrongful death.

Soon after being sworn-in, Attorney Pignatelli began to practice with his father, then Mayor Louis J. Pignatelli. He maintained the family practice while simultaneously serving as the youngest State’s Attorney in the history of Whiteside County. He rededicated exclusively to private practice in the late-1970s.

Over the years, his practice has focused on obtaining compensation for injured people and their families. He has selected a handful of cases to follow this biography for your consideration.

In addition to obtaining justice for injured people, Attorney Pignatelli has extensive experience in finance and financial litigation in competitive market sectors.

Pignatelli secured the financing for his first residential development project with the title to his late-model Datsun. To date, he continues development of residential properties — both single-family and multi-unit — as well as commercial and industrial real estate in northwestern Illinois.

Pignatelli worked with the Chicago-based Gamel Broadcasting Group. Over time he acquired a minority stake and later purchased a controlling interest in the group’s five-tower, 1,000-watt Fox Valley-area station under the call letters WFXW,  serving news, talk and nightly music to Geneva, St. Charles and Batavia.

Pignatelli served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Skolniks, a publicly-traded company on the NASDAQ. Then a director, Pignatelli stepped-up to captain the corporation — which produced the baked goods including the Olive Garden’s beloved breadsticks, as well as bagels and other bakery products — following the ousting of several members of management who were found to be complicit in corporate scandal. Under Pignatelli’s leadership, the national brand, franchise and wholesale divisions navigated toward an outcome in the best interests of its shareholders.

Pignatelli serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Community State Bank of Illinois.



Birth Injury

Obtained multi-million dollar verdict on behalf of the family of a child who suffered profound brain injuries birth injury caused by negligent obstetrical and neonatal care.

Criminal Defense

Acquittal in triple-murder case ultimately on appeal before the Supreme Court with United States Attorney General, Ramsey Clark.

Railroad Injury

Negotiated seven-figure settlement in case involving negligent operation of railroad traffic signal system and warning device that caused catastrophic injury.

Defective Product

Successful litigation leading settlement against General Motors in crush motor vehicle case causing catastrophic injury.

Truck Accident

Secured seven-figure settlement for family of deceased motorist against negligent truck driver.

Radio Broadcast Network Transaction

Facilitated regional broadcast group’s windup and sale of media assets including licensing, intellectual property, equipment, real estate and other tangible and intangible assets following transfer of ownership interests.


Juris Doctor (J.D.)
University of Illinois College of Law

Attorney Pignatelli studied law at the University of Illinois College of Law at Champaign-Urbana.

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Program
Northwestern University

Attorney Pignatelli studied finance and economics at Northwestern University.

Artium Baccalaureus (A.B.)
The University of Notre Dame

Attorney Pignatelli studied theory and philosophy within the discourse of political science at the University of Notre Dame. During these years, he also served as student body President.

Media Appearances and Publications

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Volunteer and Charitable Work

  • Precinct Reporter, Primary and General Elections
  • Board Member, Gianna’s House Pregnancy Resource Center

Professional Associations and Distinctions

  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, American Association of Justice

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102 E Rock Falls Road

Rock Falls, Illinois 61071

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