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Christopher J. Stuart is a Chicagoland native with over 30 years’ experience practicing law, making him the most experienced attorney in this race. He currently focuses his practice on complex litigation with an emphasis in civil rights, financial fraud, antitrust, and government whistleblower actions. During his career, he has had experience in nearly every area of law and has dedicated himself to recovering losses sustained by individuals like you and me. That career has sharpened his fairness and objectivity, the very qualities a judge should embody. He wants to make his experience work for the residents of the Cook County.
Chris has worked with the most prestigious complex litigation firms in the country. Most recently, while at Korein Tillery LLC – a law firm recently included in The National Law Journal’s list of America’s Elite Trial Lawyers – Chris worked on behalf of a federal agency to pursue claims against many of the country’s largest banks for acts committed by them that contributed to the 2008 mortgage and financial crisis. That work led to the recovery of billions of dollars on behalf of the American taxpayer. Before that, his work in both trial and appeals courts has resulted in precedent-setting ruling in antitrust, insurance, financial fraud, and environmental law.
Chris graduated the University of Illinois, College of Law where he was the selected to join the University of Illinois Law Review. He was also editor for the National Moot Court Board, where he mentored law students on the intricacies of arguing before appeals courts, including effective writing and oral argument skills. Throughout law school, Chris worked as a university teaching assistant and as a resident adviser in the university resident halls. This work allowed Chris to pay his own way through law school and, at the same time, gain valuable experience dealing with individuals and the particular challenges that face them, and offer guidance and solutions. During college, Chris worked in the distribution warehouses for Chicago’s own Jewel Food Stores, where he was a proud member of Teamsters Local 710.
Chris also offers a lengthy record of community involvement. He is an active volunteer for Housing Forward, formerly West Suburban PADS, a social service organization that provides temporary housing and transitioning assistance to homeless individuals and families. He has provided pro bono legal services to the Salsation Theatre Company, NFP – a theatre company that has reached out to the Chicagoland Latino community with both performance and educational programs. He is a past board member of the Windy City String Ensemble, a youth orchestra that provided valuable musical training and performance opportunities to Cook County’s aspiring young musicians. One of his proudest moments, however, was his pro bono work to prevent a mortgage company from foreclosing on a single mother and her three sons after the company tried to foreclose on them owing to the irresponsible actions of an absent ex-husband and father.
Uniquely Qualified to Serve as Judge
The totality of these experiences make Chris uniquely qualified to be a judge. His life experiences have taught him to be a patient, impartial, and an excellent listener. Ever since college, where he helped both student and university residents navigate the difficulties of life on their own, Chris established a proven record of reaching consensus on issues. He is effective at helping others resolve their differences. Above all, Chris has great respect for the rule of law, a deep sense of what is just, and a commitment to serve this community.
Chris will work from a straightforward judicial philosophy: A judge exists to provide every person that appears in court a full and impartial hearing. And while a judge cannot promise a particular outcome of a case, he promises that in his courtroom everyone will be equal before the law, and every person will receive a fair hearing. Every person will be treated with respect, fairness and civility. His goal on the bench will always be to make the right ruling, not the ruling presumed by establishment powers or special interests.
Chris is married and lives with his wife – a native of Chicago’s La Villita neighborhood, two rescue dogs and a parakeet in Cook County’s near west suburbs. Their favorite pastime is hosting an annual Thanksgiving Day meal where there are often more than twenty guests. Their goal is to have at least one new guest at that celebration each year. In twenty years, they have never failed in that goal.