Punch #72 James Gerard Riley for Supreme Court Judge
Judge James Riley graduated from the John Marshall Law School in 1982, and was licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.
Upon being admitted to the Illinois Bar, Judge Riley began his practice of law with his father and brothers in Hickory Hills, under the firm name of Riley, Riley & Riley. The firm was engaged in the general practice of law where James concentrated in a litigation practice.
In November of 1996, after successfully engaging in the campaign to become a judge, James Riley left the law firm of Riley, Riley & Riley and was sworn in as a Circuit Court Judge for Cook County, Illinois.
As a judge he spent 1 ½ years in the First Municipal District presiding over the high volume criminal and misdemeanor courtrooms throughout the Chicago and Cook County area.
Since May of 1998, Judge Riley has been a member of the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. The Probate Division handles decedent estates, disabled adult estates, minor estates, and actions arising under the Illinois Power of Attorney Act, and the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act.
Judge Riley is currently the Supervising Judge of the Probate Division and is assigned a decedent calendar. He has been retained twice since his election in 1996.