Meet John

On December 16, 2019, I declared my candidacy for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County to continue a tradition of service exemplified by my family. I was brought up in a family that served in the United States military (Coast Guard, Army, Navy and Marine Corps) and as members of the Chicago Police and Fire Departments, as well as skilled union members working as electricians, machinists and teamsters.

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I am confident that my 30 years of professional work experience in complex commercial matters and as a counselor and advisor to hundreds of clients have prepared me to fairly apply the laws of our Great State and Nation to resolve important disputes in peoples’ lives. My temperament and passion compel me to be a part of a legal system that both encourages and facilitates equal access and due process for litigants, non-litigants, and those requiring results from our legal system.

Before practicing law or beginning my professional non-law career, I was engaged in a variety of manual and hard physical labor jobs – as a gas station attendant, construction laborer and helper, doorman, and office clerk. In these positions, I learned the value of reliability, hard work, and fairness to workers: workers who are too often powerless to effect change in their circumstances without strong legal and social institutions to which they feel they have access.

In my nearly eight years as a financial manager, I saw firsthand the effects of business decisions on the lives and livelihoods of thousands of blue-collar employees and the importance of integrity, and the impact shortsighted decisions based on a person’s financial self-interest can have on those employees.

Lastly, in more than 20 years practicing law with many experienced and talented attorneys and mentors, before a wide variety of judicial styles and temperaments, I have developed a strong will to want to improve litigants’ access to fair, efficient, and reliable courts – courts that do not place speed or expediency before due process and fairness.

I believe it is my steady temperament, commitment to fairness and truth, and wide range of experience that make me the best candidate for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, 10th Subcircuit. I hope to earn your vote in 2020.

Recommended or Qualified by the following:

  • THE CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION

  • ASIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
  • BLACK WOMEN LAWYER’S ASSOCIATION OF GREATER CHICAGO
  • COOK COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
  • CHICAGO COUNCIL OF LAWYERS
  • THE DECALOGUE SOCIETY OF LAWYERS
  • HELLENIC BAR ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS
  • HISPANIC LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS
  • ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
  • LESBIAN AND GAY BAR ASSOCIATION OF CHICAGO
  • PUERTO RICAN BAR ASSOCATION OF ILLINOIS
  • WOMEN’S BAR ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS