For Cook County Circuit Judge - (Countywide)
- Peter Michael Gonzalez
- Present Duties:
Cook County Judge - Assigned to Municipal 1
- Rated at "Not Qualified" by the
Chicago Council of Lawyers
- Rated at "Recommended" by the
Cook County Bar Association
Response to the Chicago Tribune Questionnaire
- Campaign Committee:
Committee to Elect Peter Michael Gonzalez
- The filing period has ended
and no candidate filed for the party's
nomination for this position.
Cook County Democratic Party -
Peter Michael Gonzalez
Peter Michael Gonzalez sworn in as Circuit Court judge
Chicago Council of Lawyers: "Peter Michael Gonzalez was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1994. Since 2013, he has been a solo practitioner whose main focus is criminal defense, but who also handles matters that include domestic relations, employment, licensing, and immigration. He has also worked as an administrative law judge in the Illinois Department of Employment Security (2003-2013) and as an Assistant Public Defender in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office (1994-2003), where his assignments included Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Abuse and Neglect, Preliminary Hearings, Night Narcotics, and the Felony Trial Division. Since 2012, he has been a Member of
the Lawyer’s Auxiliary Board of the Illinois Judges Foundation. In 2005 and 2007, he was disciplined by his employer, the Illinois Department of Employment Security, for discourtesy during hearings he conducted as an administrative law judge.
In 2013, the Council stated that, “Mr. Gonzalez is reported to have good legal ability and his earlier career involved substantial litigation matters. He was praised for his temperament as defense counsel, and is considered to be a good defense lawyer. The Council, however, is concerned about negative reports concerning his current role as an administrative hearing officer. He is reported to be inappropriately impatient and rude to litigants. He is criticized for the disrespectful manner in which he sometimes treats witnesses. On balance, the Council finds him Not Qualified for the Circuit Court.” Since 2013, Mr. Gonzalez has been a solo practitioner and has received positive marks for his work. But the Council continues to be concerned about Mr. Gonzalez’s temperament."