John O’Meara currently serves as an Administrative law Judge for the Department of Labor adjudicating labor disputes.
Mr. O’Meara received his Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1988. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1995 from John Marshall Law School. He started his legal career while in law school working as a prosecutor for the City of Chicago. Thereafter, Mr. O’Meara went into private practice concentrating in civil litigation. While practicing, Mr. O’Meara successfully tried over 75 jury trials to verdict.
In 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously appointed John O’Meara as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge to fill the seat vacated by Judge James Riley. While on the bench, Mr. O’Meara managed a jury/non-jury civil court room overseeing a docket of 5,200 cases.
Mr. O’Meara is active in our community serving as a volunteer for the Chicago Legal Volunteer Society and several mock trial programs. He has also served as Guardian Ad Litem for disabled adults and has been a frequent lecturer on trial evidence.
Mr. O’Meara enjoys reading, fishing and watching his children’s athletic events. Mr. O’Meara is married and has four children.