Judge John A. O’Meara was appointed to be a judge by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2016. Prior to his appointment, Judge O’Meara practiced law in Illinois for over two decades.

After prosecuting cases for the Corporation Counsel’s Office, Judge O’Meara went into private practice as litigator. Initially Judge O’Meara represented insurance companies before dedicating himself to the representation of families and victims of wrongful death, product liability and other torts.

 A graduate of the John Marshall Law School and 2017 inductee into the prestigious JMLS Hall of Distinction, Judge O’Meara currently presides at the Daley Center hearing jury and non-jury civil cases and post judgment proceedings.

In addition to his regular duties, Judge O’Meara volunteers for the early hour pro se/small claims court hearings conducted at 8:00 am.

Judge O’Meara also has been chosen to sit on the Presiding Judges Committee to develop, implement and train arbitrators for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitrator System.

As a sitting judge, Judge O’Meara treats everyone who enters his courtroom fairly and with respect.

 

Education

Judge O’Meara actually began his legal career while in law school. Under authority granted by Supreme Court Rule 711, in his last year at The John Marshall Law School, he prosecuted traffic and business offenses for the Corporation Counsels Office for the City of Chicago, conducting hundreds of bench trials.

 

Professional History

After graduating from law school, Judge O’Meara went into private practice in civil litigation defense successfully defending individuals, companies, municipalities, and Fortune 500 corporations in complex tort litigation.

In 2001, Judge O’Meara decided to represent individuals and families who had been victims of injury or wrongful death due to medical malpractice, product liability or other torts. Soon after joining the Curcio Law Offices, he was elevated to partner. While there, he and his partner Joseph Curcio tirelessly advocated for their clients.

Throughout his legal career as a lawyer, Judge O’Meara successfully tried over 75 jury trials. In fact, the Chicago Bar Association rated Judge O’Meara as “Highly Qualified” due in part to his “… extensive trial experience…” and noted that Judge O’Meara “… is well respected for his knowledge of the law, legal ability, integrity, calm demeanor and excellent temperament.”

As a sitting judge, Judge O’Meara treats everyone who enters his courtroom fairly and with respect.

 

Family and Community

Judge O’Meara is married to his wife Barbara. They have four amazing children, who they have raised, and continue to raise, within the 4th subcircuit. Judge O’Meara is an active member in his local Church. He and his wife donate to multiple charities.

Judge O’Meara enjoys attending his children’s athletic activities, reading and fishing.