Judge Patrick Coughlin was elected to the bench in 2014 from the 15th Judicial Subcircuit of Cook County. He was initially assigned to the First Municipal District presiding over traffic-related misdemeanor and petty offenses. Judge Coughlin was then briefly assigned to hear felony preliminary hearings before moving to a misdemeanor courtroom at the Markham Courthouse in June of 2016. Judge Coughlin is currently assigned to a felony courtroom in the Markham Courthouse.
As a judicial candidate in 2014, Judge Coughlin was found qualified or recommended by every member of the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening, highly qualified by the Chicago Bar Association, and received the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune.
Prior to becoming a judge, Patrick Coughlin was an Assistant State’s Attorney at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for 18 years where he held supervisory positions within the Narcotics Bureau as Supervisor of the Complex Narcotics Unit and as Deputy Bureau Chief of the Narcotics Division. As Deputy Bureau Chief, he supervised 46 attorneys within the Complex Narcotics Unit, Narcotic Felony Trial Unit, Preliminary Hearing/Special Grand Jury Unit, and the Asset Forfeiture Unit. This assignment also entailed representing the State’s Attorney’s Office at legislative committee meetings, reviewing legislation, presenting continuing legal education trainings, and coordinating joint federal and state long-term investigations.
Judge Coughlin is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago (‘91) and received his Juris Doctorate from DePaul College of Law (’96).