Judge Lorna Propes
Judicial Experience: Judge Lorna Propes was appointed to the Circuit Court of Cook County in 2010 and elected by voters in 2012. She presently sits in the Law Division.
Legal Experience: Judge Propes began her career as a as a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office where she served for five years, and 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 nearly than 100 jury trials.
Accolades: In 2017, Judge Propes received the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Lifetime Achievement Award. As a practicing attorney, Judge Propes was recognized as one of Chicago’s “30 Toughest Lawyers” by Chicago Magazine and named one of Chicago’s pre-eminent trial lawyers by numerous publications.
Education: Loyola University School of Law; Indiana University
Teaching: 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.
Membership: Chicago Bar Association; International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Fellow); former member of the Illinois Racing Board (Chair from 2001-05)