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.
ENGAGED WITH THE COMMUNITY
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.
JUDGE QUISH WAS FOUND QUALIFIED OR RECOMMENDED BY THE FOLLOWING BAR ASSOCIATIONS:
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
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.”
Jonathan B. Amarilio
Catherine Basque Weiler
Christopher J. Carlos
Charles H. Cole
Robert J. Cooney, Jr.
Thomas M. Crisham
James P. Daley
John M. Fitzgerald
Michael J. Hayes
Christopher T. Hurley
Matthew R. Kipp
James B. Koch
Thomas S. Moore
Honorable Sheila M. O’Brien (Retired)
John P. O’Malley
Peggy Joyce Osterman
Steven F. Pflaum
Richard J. Prendergast, Jr.
Tom M. Quish
Trisha M. Rich
Peter G. Rush
Gretchen Harris Sperry
David J. Sullivan
Honorable James E. Sullivan (retired)
Joseph F. Vitu, Jr.