Resume

Experienced prosecutor committed to making a difference in the judicial system by implementing a value system of fairness, accountability, respect, integrity, and compassion; Dedicated to restoring faith in justice system by repairing and strengthening the gap between the legal system and local communities; 


Core Qualifications

  • 16+ years INSIDE courtroom experience 
  • almost 20 jury trials to verdict 
  • Thousands of bench trials/motions 
  • Excellent negotiator 
  • Ability to analyze legal issues and apply facts to the law 
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills 
  • Active listener 
  • Social perceptiveness 
  • Issue spotting 
  • Efficient/effective at running a court call/multi-tasking

Experience:

Assistant State’s Attorney (June 2005-Present)

Cook County State’s Attorney (CCSAO)

Criminal

  • Felony Trial Division- Bridgeview (March 2021- present)
  • Felony Trial Division- 26th Street (July 2020-March 2021)
  • Felony Review Unit-Trial Supervisor (Sept 2019- July 2020)
  • Felony Trial Division- 26th Street (2013-Sept 2019)
  • Felony Trial Division- Skokie (Sept 2013-Nov 2013)
  • Felony Bond Court (2012-2013)
  • Branch 66: Homicide & Sex Unit (2012-2013)
  • Grand Jury Unit (2012)
  • Preliminary Hearings Unit (2012)
  • Sex Crimes Unit- Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) (2010-2012)
  • Felony Review Unit- line ASA (2010-2012)
  • Juvenile Justice Bureau: Juvenile Delinquency (2008-2010)

Civil

  • Juvenile Justice Bureau: Child Protection Division (2006-2008)
  • Child Support Enforcement Division (2005-2006)

Highlights:

  • ICAC unit- seeking justice for children victims of online sexual predators
  • Youthful Offender Court Call
  • Sparked a change in Juvenile Law regarding a Judge sentencing Supervision after a finding of guilt (See In re Danielle J., 2013 IL 110810)
  • Wrote/won APPEAL in case Omar Almarez (2016)- 12CR-6867

Law Clerk CCSAO (2004-2005)
Felony Trial Division at Leighton Criminal Court Building (26th/Cal)

McCarthy Duffy Law Firm (2003-2004)
Law Clerk- legal research; write and file motions in court; attend real estate closings; write and file Wills
in Probate Court;

Law Offices of Joseph V. Roddy (2000-2001)
Law Clerk- legal research; filings at various courthouses; manage and organize files; serve subpoenas

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law- Juris Doctor (May 2004)

  • CALI Award-Advanced Trial Advocacy
  • Dean’s List

Education

T.C. Beirne College of Law at University of Queensland, Australia- (Summer 2002)

  • Delegate at the XVIth International Congress on Comparative Law-Brisbane, Australia

University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign- Bachelor of Arts (May 2001)

  • Speech Communication Major
  • Graduated with Distinction
  • Dean’s List (Spring 2001, Fall 2000, Spring 2000, Fall 1999, Spring 1999)

Volunteer

Personal PAC

  • Board Member

Lawyers in the Classroom

  • Meet/teach CPS students lessons involving application of Illinois laws/legal terminology/theories/protecting their civil rights in a fun and interactive way

St. John of the Cross Parish School and Church

  • Assist in the classroom with art, music, physical education, etc. 
  • Member of SJC Parent Association 
  • Co-Chair of Birthday Board Committee 
  • SJC Fun Day Committee 
  • Active Parishioner

Girl Scouts of America 

  • Legal Track- Mock Trial Coach 
  • Troop Volunteer 

Lyons Football Club

  • Cheer Volunteer
  • Concession Stand

Burr Ridge/Willowbrook

  • Assistant Coach – 8U Red Blast

Western springs Little League

  • Assistant Coach – Girls Softball

Lyons Township Little League

  • Teach 4-6 year olds fundamentals and basic skill set to play t-ball
  • Organize line-ups and coach games

Admitted to practice:

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2004)

U.S. Supreme Court (May 2011)