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Website: Brendan O'Brien for Judge
Family: Wife Jessica, daughters: Samantha (16), Judy (10), Vanessa (7)
Education: J.D., John Marshall Law School 1996
Top 30% of Class
Sangamon State University 1991 -- 1992
Course work in Masters Program, Public Administration
B.S., Illinois State University 1991
History Major and member of the Golden Key National Honor Society
Graduate of Lyons Township High School 1987
Civic involvement: Illinois State Bar Association member
Chicago Bar Association member
Women's Bar Association member
Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois member
Galileo Local School Council CPS 2008 -- 2009
Unity Bar Association Dinner Vice Chairman 2010
Diversity attorney presentation at Jones College Prep and
Julian High Schools -- CPS 2011 -- 2012
Asian American Bar Association Award for Commitment to
Diversity in the Legal Community 2009
Judge at John Marshall Trial program 2012
Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2008 & 2009
Co-Chair of CBA Civil Practice Committee 2012 -- 2013
Illinois State Bar Association Assembly Member 2012 - 2013
Instructor at Hinshaw U Legal education program
Unity Bar Association Planning Committee 2013
CBA Moot Court Judge 2013
Coach girls youth softball, basketball and soccer teams 2004 -- present
Member of the Cook County Committee on Mandatory Arbitration
In Commercial Law Division cases 2013
Attorney Speaker at Chicago Air Force Academy High School 2013
Elected offices held: Elected to Galileo Local School Council
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.
Why are you running for this office? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is that?
I am running to be a judge because I believe that the quality of judges and a qualified judiciary is important. As a judge, I will be impartial and rule on the evidence and the law. I believe strongly in the rule of law and that everyone is equal under the law. I also know that I am extremely fair and impartial and have a history of hard work.
I have been an attorney since 1996 with a focus on trial work and defense litigation. I have extensive jury trials to verdict, as well as Appellate and binding Arbitration work. I have been found Well Qualified by the Chicago Council of Lawyers, and found Qualified by the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Hellenic Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association, Puerto Rican Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association and Asian American Bar Association.
I have a reputation for hard work and honesty. I have been active in the legal community, my church and as girls youth basketball, soccer and softball coach for my three daughters sports teams. I am also part of a very diverse family, my wife is Asian, my three daughters are bi-racial and my sister-in-law is African American. All of this has provided me with a unique and broad perspective that I will bring to the bench. My integrity will never be compromised as noted by the independent Chicago Council of Lawyers.
What differentiates you most from your opponents in the race?
I have been found well qualified by the independent Chicago Council of Lawyers. I also come from a diverse family as noted above that gives me a unique perspective to bring to the bench.
Finally, is there anything we haven't asked about that you feel we should know?
If I am lucky enough to be elected Judge, I promise to be hard working, independent and fair. Everyone before me will have a fair and considered ruling.