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Hon. Lorna E. Propes

Circuit Court of Cook County
Circuit Court Judge
Chicago, IL, USA


Judge Lorna Propes has served on the circuit court of Cook County, Illinois, since 2010, and presently sits in the court’s Law Division.  Judge Propes is a graduate of Indiana University and Loyola University School of Law.  In her career as a lawyer, she served as a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office for five years, where she became one of the first women in Illinois history to handle major felony cases.  She entered private practice in 1980, specializing in the representation of persons injured by the negligence of others.  Uniquely, Ms. Propes also represented major corporations in high stakes mass tort and class action product liability cases.   Over her three decades in both public service and private practice, Propes  participated in nearly100 jury trials, earned Chicago Magazine’s acclaim as one of Chicago’s “30 Toughest Lawyers,” and has been named one of Chicago’s preeminent trial lawyers by numerous publications.

Judge Propes has served for 35 years as a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and has earned the organization’s Faculty Award for outstanding service.  She is a published expert and lecturer on trial advocacy and the use of technology in the courtroom, and was featured in Your Witness, Lessons on Cross-Examination from Great Trial Lawyers published in 2008.  

For 18 years Ms. Propes served as a member of the Illinois Racing Board.  Appointed by four governors, she served as chairman from 2001 through 2005.  She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

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