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 Our Attorneys


Jay S. Judge, the senior partner of Judge, James, Hoban & Judge LLC, is a trial, appellate and insurance coverage attorney. He has had more than 85 jury trials and 200 appeals on liability and coverage issues. He is a former claims supervisor who currently represents self insured governmental entities, insurance companies and self insured risk pools. He graduated cum laude from John Marshall Law School where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

Jay has a Martindale-Hubbell rating of “AV Preeminent for 30 Years.” He has written two legal columns for over 30 years: “Federal Courts” in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin; and “Ready for the Defense” in Township Perspective magazine.

Jay is a frequent speaker on the Illinois Tort Immunity Act (“30 Common Law and Tort Immunity Act Defense Rules Available to Defendants in Illinois” – 99 pages), including lectures for the Illinois State Bar Association (“Jury Selection for the Defense”), the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s “Annual Symposium with the Judges,” and Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) (“Jury Selection: The Whole 9 Yards” and “Evidentiary Issues With Expert Witnesses”).

Notable Cases and Results:

Representative Trial Results:

Estate of Lundstrom v. DeJesus & Schaumburg Auto Sales (Cook County) (May 5 to May 23, 2000) Passenger in Dealer Auto driven by Dealer Salesman, DeJesus, on his own time, died when car rolled over on a curve after a night of drinking where driver was intoxicated and found guilty of reckless driving and Estate sued driver and Dealer.
Plaintiff asked for $6.5 million.
Verdict against DeJesus (driver) for $261,361

Hails v. Jefferson County (Jefferson County) (November 2 to November 12, 1999)
Plaintiff driver lost control on County road freshly oiled in morning before accident, left road, rolled over and was rendered a paraplegic. County defended, claiming speed too fast, not gravel road caused accident.
Plaintiff asked for $4.1 million.
Verdict for County: Not Guilty
Trial Lawyer: Jay Judge

Snyder v. Curran Township (Sangamon County) (November 17 to November 25, 1997) Plaintiff driver lost control on a one-lane Township gravel road on an “S” curve, rolled over and was blinded and paralyzed on one side and sued Township, claiming “S” curve warning sign on left-hand side of road and Uniform Manual required it on right side (which was a deep ditch where it would have been too low to see).
Plaintiff asked for $2.3 million.
Verdict for Township: Not Guilty
Trial Lawyer: Jay Judge

Clausen v. Glenview Park District (Cook County) (January 16, 1996 to February 16, 1996)
Plaintiff, painting contractor, painting work fell 30 feet from a scaffold in the ice skating rink sued the Park District claiming the scaffold he fell from was borrowed by the painting contractor from the Park District and had no guardrail. Plaintiff suffered brain damage, resulting in his status as a brain-damaged quadriplegic. Contractor paid its $2 million policy and Park District offered $100,000.
Plaintiff asked for $20 million.
Verdict: Hung jury. Park District settled before second trial for $200,000.
Trial Lawyers: Jay Judge & Ed Dutton

Representative Appeal Results:

Park v. Metra, 2011 IL App (1st) 101283, 960 N.E.2d 764 (1st Dist. 2011) (Moving train on railroad tracks is an “open and obvious danger” of which Metra had no duty to warn).

Konstant Products, Inc. v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co., 401 Ill.App.3d 83, 929 N.E.2d 1200 (1st Dist. 2010) (Verified Complaint pleading driver drove truck without permission was a judicial admission so driver was not a “permitted user” of truck so Liberty Mutual owed no coverage to driver).
Appellate Lawyer: Jay Judge

McElroy v. Forest Preserve District of Lake County, 384 Ill.App.3d 662, 894 N.E.2d 170 (2nd Dist. 2008) (Forest Preserve protected by § 3-107(b), hiking and riding trail immunity of Tort Immunity Act, where bicyclist rode off drop-off between bridge and trail caused by flooding and under repair).
Appellate Lawyers: Jay Judge and Edward Dutton of Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA)

McElmeel v. Village of Hoffman Estates, 359 Ill.App.3d 824, 835 N.E.2d 183 (1st Dist. 2005) (Village not liable for wrongful death and brain damage accident where police officer halted traffic to allow tow truck to pull car out of snow bank and drunk driver rear-ended last car in line as Village had absolute immunity under § 4-102, failure to provide adequate police services, of the Tort Immunity Act).

Bar Admissions:
Illinois, 1970
Indiana, 1987

Law School: John Marshall Law School, J.D.

Law School Honors/Involvement: Cum laude, Editor-in-Chief, John Marshall Law Review

Undergraduate School: Marquette University, B.S., business administration, 1963

Employment History:
Judge, James, Hoban & Judge, LLC, 1971-present

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Appellate Lawyers Association
DuPage County Bar Association
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Lawyers

Legal Lectures:
“Annual Symposium with the Judges,” speaker, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

“Evidentiary Issues with Expert Witnesses, Daubert and Frye,” IICLE

“Jury Selection: Voir Dire for the Defense,” IICLE

“Jury Selection: The Whole Nine Yards,” IICLE



Kathy has worked with Jay Judge for over 30 years. She aggressively defends her clients in all phases of litigation with dispositive motions, thorough depositions and trial preparation, if necessary. She has worked on many successful appeals affirming the granting of motions and favorable trial results.


J.D., John Marshall Law School, Top 20% of Class
B.A., Political Science, Western Illinois University,  with High Honors


Illinois State Court
Supreme Court of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals – Seventh Circuit
Federal Trial Bar
U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court – Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court – Northern District of Indiana


Trial and Appellate Lawyer – Defense of Governmental Entities, Insureds and Self-Insureds in wrongful death, catastrophic injury and other personal injury litigation.
Judge, James & Dutton, Ltd. – Partner
Judge & James, Ltd. – Partner
Judge & Knight, Ltd. – Associate
Modesto, Reynolds & McDermott – Associate, Captive Counsel for CIGNA
Judge, Kurnik & Knight, Ltd. – Associate
Judge, Drew, Cipolla & Kurnik, Ltd. – Law Clerk


Stephen JudgeSTEVE  JUDGE

Steve represents a variety of self-insured governmental entities, insurance companies and self-insured risk pools. He defends clients in all phases of litigation with dispositive motions, thorough depositions and trial. Steve has had successful trial results in both State and Federal court.

Steve also represents clients in a diverse and dynamic blend of real estate transactions. Client engagements include the representation of buyers and sellers  in residential and commercial real estate transactions. In addition, Steve has experience in acquisitions and dispositions of office buildings, industrial properties, undeveloped land and condominiums.

Steve’s experience in residential and commercial real estate law enables him to provide his clients with creative, expedited service and results-oriented legal representation in all phases of real estate.

Steve was recently selected to the 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Being named to the Rising Stars list is a prestigious distinction that only 2.5% of attorneys receive.


J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 2013
B.A., Political Science, Northeastern Illinois University, 2009
Student Government Association Senator
Ad Hoc Constitution Committee


Illinois State Court
Supreme Court of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois


Judge, James, Hoban & Judge, LLC. – Attorney
Judge, James & Kujawa, LLC – Paralegal
Judge, James & Kujawa, LLC – Law Clerk