Judicial Candidate

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.

Bar Reviews

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

Community Involvement

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 Liabilitychapter, 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.