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 1990s, he worked closely to block the recognition of Macedonia in the US Congress. For these efforts, he received an award from the former Greek Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsiotakis and former Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos. 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 today.
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 Bachelors Degree 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 George Clements 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 Athens meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.