Judge James T. Derico, Jr. is on the March 17, 2020 ballot for the Circuit Court of Cook County. In December 2018, Justice Mary Jane Theis and the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Judge Derico as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge. Judge Derico was appointed to fill the vacancy of the Hon. Matthew Coghlan who was not retained as a result of the 2018 general election. Judge Derico is currently running to maintain that seat.
Judge Derico has over 34 years of legal experience handling a wide variety of civil litigation matters and corporate transactions. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Derico was the owner and founding partner of Derico & Associates, P.C. for over 25 years. Prior to starting Derico & Associates, P.C., Judge Derico was an Associate Attorney at Gardner, Carton & Douglas (n/k/a Drinker, Biddle), in-house Corporate Attorney for Borg-Warner Corporation and an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago.
Judge Derico is a native of Gary, Indiana. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
His professional associations include the Chicago Bar Association, where he was a Chair on the Corporate Practices Group (YLS), and the Cook County Bar Association. He has also served on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee for Civil Jury Instructions.
Judge Derico has been a member of Trinity United Church of Chicago since 1998. He has served on the Project Jeremiah Mentoring Ministry and the Trinity United Church of Christ Legal Clinic. Judge Derico received the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) Distinguished Service Award in 2007, 2009 and 2016 and 2018 for his work providing pro bono legal services through the Trinity Legal Clinic.