Judge James Patrick McCarthy

James Patrick McCarthy (D) Judge since: 1996 by appointment, after he lost judicial election in 1994.

Judge James Patrick McCarthy had some capable opponents in the primary for the Marilyn Komosa vacancy, but McCarthy, who was appointed in 1996 to finish Komosa’s term*, has the edge because of his experience on the bench and his sensible proposals for improving the jury system.

Elected in 1998


Judge James Patrick McCarthy is a brother to a well-connected lawyer, John T. McCarthy, a corporate partner  from K&L Gates,  who often appears in Law Division of Cook County  Court.  In 2009 K&L Gates merged with clout-heavy Bell Boyd and Lloyd LLP, where  John T. McCarthy  was a Chairman.  Some lawyers from BBL, like  James Daley, a distant cousin to the retired mayor, with lower-margin public clients like the Chicago Transit Authority,  joined Schuyler Roche & Crisham P.C.

Judge James Patrick McCarthy is an uncle to a well-connected Judge Clare J. Quish ,a former Clerk to Justice Theis and partner from Schuyler Roche & Crisham P.C.who gave very substantial amounts of money to Justice Theis for her election to IL Supreme Court. Clare Quish  was assigned to Judicial seat by IL Supreme Court on June 28, 2016; and sworn by Justice Theis as a Judge.


Judge James Patrick McCarthy is c urrently assigned toLaw Division.

Prior to his appointment to the Cook County Circuit Court in 1996, McCarthy was in private practice and served as an assistant corporation counsel.

In 2016  dozens of lawyers practicing in tenants and housing law, criminal defense, civil rights, consumer law and a other areas of public interest law gave recommendation to vote “NO” to Judge James Patrick McCarthy.

Most of their clients are poor, working class and people of color and the recommendations are based on whether they feel their clients can get a fair trial in front of these judges.




*Marilyn Rozmarek Komosa. On the bench for 31 years, Judge Komosa was a past president of the Women’s Bar Association and former director of the National Association of Women Judges. She was the first female president of the Advocates Society of Polish American Attorneys, and from 1985 to 1994 served as chairman of the Law Day Reception for New Citizens sponsored by several bar associations. Judge Komosa graduated cum laude from Loyola University Law School and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University. She was the daughter of Charles Rozmarek, president of the Polish National Alliance for 28 years and of the Polish American Congress for 24 years.