Cecilia Horan

Circuit Court of Cook County, At-Large

Cecilia will be a critical LGBTQ voice on the Cook County bench


Cecilia Horan was appointed as a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, in 2017, by the Illinois Supreme Court. She is presently assigned to the First Municipal Division where she hears cases involving contract disputes, the rights of landlords and tenants, debtors and creditors, and traffic matters. She has been found “qualified” or “recommended” to serve as a judge by all twelve reviewing bar organizations. On August 11, 2017, she received the coveted endorsement of the Cook County Democratic Party.

Prior to her judicial service, Judge Horan was a litigation partner at the 500-attorney law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, where she practiced for 20 years. Her law practice involved the defense of individuals and businesses in high-exposure and complex personal injury lawsuits. She has handled cases in courthouses throughout Illinois and in various other states, however, her main practice was in the Circuit Court of Cook County, where she tried several cases to verdict.

She was actively involved in firm culture: she was a co-chair of her firm’s mentoring committee in the Chicago office, a co-founder of her firm’s LGBT affinity group, and she assisted her firm in achieving a 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index from 2010 through 2017. She has organized and presented numerous continuing legal education programs on topics ranging from litigation strategy to the state of the law affecting women and minorities.

Judge Horan is the president of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC), a bar organization for LGBT lawyers, law students and legal professionals that provides its members with social and networking opportunities, mentoring programs for law students and young lawyers, public interest law scholarships and internship opportunities with organizations such as the Cook County States Attorney’s office, Equality Illinois and Lambda Legal, continuing legal education programs, and more. She has been a member of the LAGBAC board of directors since 2010 and on the executive board since 2013.

Judge Horan is a life-long Chicago resident and lives in the Andersonville neighborhood where she is on the board of directors of her neighborhood organization, West Edgewater Area Residents (WEAR). WEAR addresses neighborhood issues such as housing density, green space, parking restrictions, new development within the WEAR boundaries, and maintains the beautiful and award-winning WEAR garden.

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