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Peter Palivos

International Leader, Philanthropist, and Investor

Peter Palivos is a national and international leader helping to improve Greek-American relationships. In this role, he was instrumental in getting the US Congress to approve greater military assistance for Greece. In the early 1990’s, he worked closely to block the recognition of Macedonia in the US Congress. For these efforts, he received an award from the former Greek Foreign Minister Pangalos and Greek Prime Minister Mitsiotakis. In 2015, when Germany was pressuring Greece to exit the European Union, Peter worked closely alongside former US Secretary Hillary Clinton to avert the crisis between Germany and Greece. These efforts succeeded and Greece remains an important member of the European Union.

Throughout his career and personal life, Peter Palivos has been involved with philanthropic and professional organizations such as the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Chicago Council, the United Hellenic American Congress, the Hellenic Professional Society of Illinois, and the Pan Arcadian Federation of America. In 1989, he received the National Award of Merit from the Pan Arcadian Federation. The following year, he established the Pedia Scholastic Scholarships program, which has awarded college scholarships to 25 young men and women who excelled in academics and community service.

Raised in Uptown Chicago by his Greek immigrant parents, Peter began working in his father’s shoe repair store at age seven. It was here that Peter observed and quickly realized the importance of his father’s strong work ethic. Applying these values to his own life, Palivos excelled in all he did. Graduating from high school, Peter quickly enrolled in college where he received his Bachelor’s in History. Peter continued his education in law school, graduating from the Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1983. While at the university, Peter was awarded the school’s Bar & Gavel Award for his school spirit and assistance to his fellow students.

Two years after graduating, Palivos became the youngest associate in Rittenberg, Krichiver, and Buffen, Ltd.’s firm’s history to be offered full partnership. That same year, he formed the law firm of Peter A. Palivos & Associates, later known as the Northwest Suburban Law Offices. He has served on several business boards, including the board of directors of the Broadway Bank of Chicago and the Peoples’ Bank of Arlington Heights, Illinois.

In 2000, Peter Palivos was presented with the Gortynian Society Distinguished Award of Excellence.

In 2003, Peter Palivos received an award from Pope John Paul and Father Clemens for his contributions to Catholic Charities.

In 2016, Peter Palivos was honored with an invited to dinner by U.S. civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis.

In 2017, Peter Palivos was invited to an Athen’s meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Peter Palivos with Former President Barack Obama

Peter Palivos with Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Peter Palivos with United States Senator Chuck Schumer

Peter Palivos with Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece

Peter Palivos with United States Senator Bernie Sanders

Peter Palivos with his wife and Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada

Peter Palivos with his wife and Former United States Senator Harry Reid

Peter Palivos with Representative John Lewis

Peter Palivos with United States Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Peter Palivos with United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Peter Palivos with Former United States Senator Carol Moseley Braun

Peter Palivos with his wife, Former United States Senator Ted Kennedy, and his wife Victoria Kennedy

Peter Palivos with Former Greek Prime Minister Karamanlis and Former Deputy Prime Minister Kanellopoulos

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Organizations Supported By Peter Palivos

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a national organization of local chapters which provide after-school programs for young people.

Catholic Charities is a network of charities with headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The organization serves millions of people a year, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer.