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ALUMNI PROFILE Jim Argionis (BA ’92, JD ’95)

Community crusader

As a kid in Chicago, Jim Argionis (BA ’92, JD ’95) grew up volunteering with his family in church activities and local elections. His time at Loyola University Chicago, in both undergrad and law school, reinforced a lifetime of giving back. In 2019, he received the Park Ridge Community Star Award from the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce for his community involvement and time working on various local commissions. His work has included leading the charge on school renovations, city and business development, and a review and update of the Park Ridge Comprehensive Plan, a document that provides a vision for future development in the community.

“It’s always been in my blood to help those around me,” he says. “Whether you start with your family, or you start with your block, or you start with your neighborhood—it goes from there.” 

At School

During undergrad at Loyola, Argionis served as a student representative on the Board of Trustees and was involved in the planning and improving of the Lake Shore campus. That experience—and the Jesuit philosophies instilled in a Loyola education—drew him even more toward volunteerism. “I learned a lot from my participation in the inner workings of the University, especially that a large institution like Loyola can [… advance] its mission while staying true to its core principles,” says Argionis. “The values of service, knowledge, and faith in justice led me through my undergrad years, into law school, and beyond.”

 

“It really goes back to the traditions the Jesuits instilled in us—to be kind to everyone, to serve people.”

At Work 

As a commercial litigator with Cozen O’Connor, Argionis appreciates the firm’s support of pro-bono work. He heads their partnership with the National Immigrant Justice Center, pairing teams of lawyers with asylum seekers. He also volunteers with the Cozen O’Connor Coronavirus task force, using his 25 years of business law expertise to help local businesses navigate pandemic issues like gubernatorial executive orders, CDC recommendations, and government grant and loan programs.

At Home

Argionis; his wife, Gwen; and their three children have lived in Park Ridge, Illinois, for a decade now. He’s served with the Park Ridge Planning and Zoning Commission, the O’Hare Commission, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. He also coaches the mock trial team at Maine South High School.

But one cause is especially close to home—because it began in his own family. After Gwen survived cancer, she founded Sock’N it to Cancer, a grassroots effort that donates socks to local cancer centers to help with the treatment side effect of cold feet. The Park Ridge community banded around the Argionis family cause: As of today, over 2,000 pairs of socks have been delivered. “It really goes back to the traditions the Jesuits instilled in us—to be kind to everyone, to serve people,” says Argionis. 


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