Judge Janet Adams Brosnahan
Judge Janet Adams Brosnahan was elected to the bench in 2002. In her present assignment, Judge Brosnahan presides over the most complex, high-stakes civil cases filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County. This includes, for example, multi-million dollar lawsuits arising out of alleged medical negligence, products liability, sexual abuse, defamation, etc.
In the past 18 years, her duties have encompassed a wide range of matters, including criminal and civil trials, parentage cases, orders of protection, housing disputes and injunction hearings. In total, Judge Brosnahan has presided over more than 150 jury trials, and hundreds of bench trials. She has authored innumerable opinions on a wide range of contested issues. She also regularly conducts settlement conferences.
As a practicing lawyer in private civil litigation practice from 1990-2002, Janet Adams Brosnahan practiced in both state and federal court, as well as before several administrative agencies. She represented individuals, businesses, labor unions and trust funds. She argued before the Illinois Appellate Court, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Every Bar Association evaluation issued has been favorable, finding Judge Brosnahan qualified to continue serving as a Circuit Court Judge.
The only Bar Association to provide a written rationale stated:
Judge Brosnahan is described as having excellent legal knowledge and praised for being fair and extremely hardworking. She is reported to have a good temperament and is praised for the management of her courtroom. She is reported to be adept at handling complex trials with patience and competence.
-Chicago Council of Lawyers
Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project
(Providing service, assistance and education to women and children in need)
President, Board of Directors
Member, Board of Directors
Member, Planning Committee
Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth, Volunteer Tutor for a student from the Englewood community
Lawyers Assistance Program, Trained Volunteer
Misericordia Home, Volunteer
Greater Chicago Food Depository, Volunteer
WINGS (Women’s shelter), Volunteer
Old St. Patrick’s Church, Volunteer
Illinois Judges Association Foundation (Philanthropic arm of the IJA; a 501(c)(3) organization)
Member, Board of Directors
Chairperson, Harold Sullivan Scholarship Committee
Illinois Judges Association Member and In-schools Education Programs Volunteer
Women’s Bar Association Member
American Bar Association Member and Member of Section on Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice
Alliance of Illinois Judges Member
Catholic Lawyers Guild Member
Lawyers Club of Chicago Member
Other Legal Activities
Frequent guest lecturer/presenter at various legal symposia, seminars, law school classes.
Author of the following published articles:
“Recovering Medical Expenses from a Child’s Lawsuit” Illinois Bar Journal
“The Proper Use and Application of the Sole Proximate Cause Defense” CBA Record
“Premises Liability” chapter, Cook County Law Division’s Judicial Benchbook.
DePaul University College of Law, Juris Doctor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Arts
Married for 28 years to husband, James. Together, they have raised four children, and look forward to welcoming their first grandchild this year.