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RESUME

Proven experience, integrity and fairness

JUDICIAL AND LEGAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE

 30 years of legal experience: 25 as a trial attorney in civil & criminal matters; 5+ years as an Associate Judge.

 

Earned Highly Recommended, Recommended or Qualified Bar Ratings from the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Alliance of Bar Associations members as an Associate Judge.

 

ASSOCIATE JUDGE, CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY  |  2018-Present 

  • Trial court judge in the Second Municipal District Skokie Courthouse handling civil cases in the Law and Municipal Divisions, Criminal cases in misdemeanor courtrooms including domestic violence and traffic matters. Review search warrants for approval presented by policing agencies investigating criminal activity. Conduct emergency mental health hearings from November 2021-Present.

  • Presided over a civil jury trial courtroom hearing personal injury, property damage, eviction cases in the First Municipal Division in the Daley Center from December 2019 to October 2021.

  • Assigned to civil trial courtroom in the Daley Center hearing contract disputes, personal injury, property damage cases, collection cases from September 2018 to November 2019.

  • Assigned to First Municipal Traffic Division in Daley Center as all new judges are assigned.

JOHNSON & BELL, LTD., Chicago, IL  |  2003-2018

  • Trial attorney representing various national and international corporations, such as Volkswagen, Audi and Pace Suburban Bus, Pump & Valve Manufacturers in defense of civil lawsuits.

  • Tried numerous high exposure Jury cases to verdict.

  • Practice areas include the defense of designers, manufacturers and sellers in product liability claims, asbestos litigation, wrongful death claims, catastrophic injury claims, general negligence and premises liability, employment law, commercial litigation, and criminal defense both state and federal.

  • Served as National Coordinating Counsel in nationwide toxic tort litigation.

  • Equity Shareholder, Director and Executive Board Member of Firm Management Committee

  • Co-Chaired firm Diversity Committee

 

COOK COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, Chicago, IL  |  1995–2003

Prosecuted felony matters involving violent crime and narcotics, including murder and sex offense cases. Tried numerous juries to verdict. Served in various units such as Felony Review, Domestic Violence, Homicide Sex Unit, Preliminary Hearings, Grand Jury Unit, Community Prosecutions, Misdemeanor, Traffic and Criminal Appeals.

 

OFFICE OF THE ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL, Chicago, IL  |  1993 - 1995

Trial attorney assigned to the General Law Bureau to investigate, develop and litigate civil cases in both State and Federal Courts. Litigated matters as a defense and plaintiff’s counsel for the State of Illinois, its officers, agencies and employees. 

ASSOCIATIONS and AFFILIATIONS

  • Order of Themis Hellenic Judges Association, Board Secretary and founding member

  • Hellenic Bar Association, Director and Judge’s Night Chairman, 2011-Present  

  • Diversity Scholarship Foundation Unity Award Gala, Committee Member, 2014-2018

  • Illinois Judges Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association member

  • Parish Council Member, St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, Chicago, IL, 1995-Present

  • Interim Parish Council Member Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Schiller Pk, IL 2019-Present

  • Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Protecting the Future of Faith

  • Coached Glenview Junior Titans Football

ADMITTANCE

Illinois State Bar

United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois

United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois

United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana

EDUCATION

J.D., Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan

B.A., Criminal Justice, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

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