I have been on the Bench since 1985, and in those 27 years I have garnered wide ranging experiences in civil practice and litigation. I believe I have developed and maintained a fair and open judicial demeanor and have the desire and ability to apply these attributes to the decision-making process.
I have presided over both jury and bench trials, and have found that it is most important that a judge be clear in the orders issued, there be no appearance of impropriety or conflict of interest, and that all litigants and attorneys be treated with the utmost respect.
I am a lifelong resident of the Chicago area and have been a lawyer since 1965. Chicago is home to me and it always will be.
Prior to becoming a judge I was screened for Associate Judge. After my appointment as an Associate Judge I was screened for retention.
In 1994 I was screened by the various bar associations for Circuit Judge, and was again screened for retention in 2000, 2006, and now 2012. On each occasion when I was screened I received “Recommended” or “Qualified”.
I have also continued my education. Each year I attend various seminars which help me develop an even better understanding of the complex cases I handle.
Each year I also preside over Moot Court/Trial Practice programs for the Chicago Public Schools, John Marshall Law School, and DePaul University Mock Trials.
I also belong to St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Parish on the northwest side and am a member of the Parish Advisory Financial Committee and Parish Festival Committee.