Judge Clare Joyce Quish – Home 2018-03-12T10:12:59+00:00



Judge Clare Joyce Quish was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as a Circuit Judge to the Circuit Court of Cook County on June 28, 2016. She is currently assigned to the First Municipal District, hearing small claims cases involving breach of contract, collections, and attorney fee petitions. She also conducts bench trials, settlement conferences and substantive motion hearings. Judge Quish was previously assigned to traffic court in the Richard J. Daley Center, hearing misdemeanors, including driving under the influence and driving on revoked/suspended licenses, and minor traffic tickets. Judge Quish has conducted and presided over bench and jury trials on misdemeanors and petty offenses and hearings on motions to quash arrest and suppress statements, motions for discovery sanctions and petitions to rescind statutory summary suspensions.


Prior to becoming a judge, Clare was a partner at  the law firm of Schuyler, Roche & Crisham.  As an attorney, Clare was an integral part of the firm’s commercial and litigation practice.  Clare served as lead counsel in numerous appellate cases in the Illinois Appellate Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on a wide range of civil litigation issues on behalf of businesses, professionals and insurers.    She represented clients in discrimination lawsuits in the Illinois Human Rights Commission, Cook County Commission of Human Rights, Illinois Appellate Court and Northern District of Illinois.

Judge Quish also served as a judicial law clark to Justice Mary Jane Theis on the Illinois Appellate Court.  Clare was an Adjunct Professor of Appellate Advocacy at  Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She was named an Illinois Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers in Appellate Practice for 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.  Clare was also recognized as an Emerging Lawyer by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in 2015 and 2016.

Judge Clare J. Quish earned her law degree at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, cum laude, in 2000 and has been a licensed attorney for nearly 17 years.  She was also the Executive Publications Editor of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in 1997.  Clare majored in Political Science.


Judge Quish volunteers at Juvenile Expungement Seminars and speaks to grade school children about President Abraham Lincoln and the law. She is an officer of the Appellate Lawyers Association. She co-authors the Civil Section of Cases Pending, which summarizes all civil cases pending in and recently decided by the Illinois Supreme Court, published by the Appellate Lawyers Association.  She was a member of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness for the First Judicial District.  Judge Quish also prepared and delivered speeches at Schuyler, Roche & Crisham’s annual risk management seminar to architects and engineers from 2011-2016. Judge Clare J. Quish is a resident of the 43rd Ward in the City of Chicago.



  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers
  • Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois
  • Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois
  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
  • Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago
  • Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago
  • Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago
  • Decalogue Society of Lawyers
  • Advocates Society

The Chicago Council of Lawyers found that Judge Quish “is considered to have very good legal ability,” noted that she was “praised for her temperament and for being hard-working” and that she has “substantial litigation-related experience.”

Endorsed by

  • Fraternal Order of Police 
  • Indo-American Democratic Organization (IADO)
  • Secretary of State Jesse White
  • Cook County Democratic Party
  • Chicago Federation of Labor
  • Chicago Journeymen Plumbers and Technical Engineers, Local 130
  • Polish American Police Association
  • Honorable John Arena, 45th Ward
  • Honorable Anthony Beale, 9th Ward
  • Honorable Edward M. Burke, 14th Ward
  • Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton
  • Honorable Michelle A. Harris, 8th Ward
  • Honorable Tim Heneghan, 41st Ward
  • Honorable Eamon Kelly, Evanston Township
  • Honorable Dean Maragos, New Trier Township
  • Senator Iris Martinez
  • Honorable Lucy Moog, 43rd Ward
  • Honorable Robert Murphy, 39th Ward
  • Honorable Pat O’Connor, 40th Ward
  • Honorable Matthew O’Shea, 19th Ward
  • Honorable John O’Sullivan, Worth Township
  • Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul
  • Representative Al Riley
  • Cook County Commissioner Larry Rogers, Jr
  • Honorable Paul Rosenfeld, 47th Ward
  • Honorable Roderick Sawyer, 6th Ward
  • Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, 9th Congressional District
  • James “Skinny” Sheahan
  • Michael Sheahan
  • Honorable Michele Smith, 43rd Ward
  • Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Cook County Board of Commissioners
  • Honorable Frank Zuccarelli, Thornton Township
  • International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Local 73
  • Chicago Fire Fighters Union, Local No. 2



Kevin Forde
Jack McCarthy


Jonathan B. Amarilio
Stacy Bardo
Catherine Basque Weiler
Ellie Carey
Christopher J. Carlos
James Chandler
Charles H. Cole
Kevin Conway
Robert J. Cooney, Jr.
Thomas M. Crisham
James P. Daley
Benjamin DeBerry
Karen DeGrand
Thomas Draths
Joanne Driscoll
Colin Dunn
Larry Eppley
John M. Fitzgerald
Margaret Fitzsimmons
Jack George
Michael J. Hayes
Corrine Heggie
Natalie Howse
Christopher T. Hurley
Jack Jiganti
Manoj Khandekar
Matthew R. Kipp
James B. Koch
Daniel Monico
Thomas S. Moore
Gordon Nash
Sandra Newman
Honorable Sheila M. O’Brien (Retired)
John P. O’Malley
Peggy Joyce Osterman
Andre Pabarue
Steven F. Pflaum
Richard J. Prendergast, Jr.
Romeo Quinto
Molly Quish
Tom M. Quish
Trisha M. Rich
Peter G. Rush
Ajah Shah
Gretchen Harris Sperry
Joseph Stevens
John Storino
David J. Sullivan
Honorable James E. Sullivan (retired)
Martin Syvertsen
Adam Vaught
Tom Villanova
Joseph F. Vitu, Jr.
Matthew Walsh


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