John Ehrlich

Illinois Appellate Court

John will be the first out LGBTQ justice ever elected to a court of appeals in the state of Illinois!


Judge John H. Ehrlich is a 1980 graduate of Northwestern University. He moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for four years where he drafted a major floor amendment to the first Superfund Reauthorization Act. In 1987, Judge Ehrlich graduated from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he was an editor-in-chief and national moot court champion. 

From 1987 to 1994, Judge Ehrlich worked in private practice specializing in antitrust and appellate litigation. In 1994, Judge Ehrlich joined the Office of Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, where he worked in the appeals and torts divisions. He eventually headed the torts division and handled the City’s mass-casualty tort cases. While at the City, Judge Ehrlich drafted and circulated a petition for domestic partner benefits that he presented to the Mayor’s Office. Within six months, the City Council had approved domestic partner benefits for all City employees.

By the end of Judge Ehrlich’s career as an attorney, he had tried 25 cases to jury verdicts and written and/or argued 22 appeals in state and federal courts. 
In 2012, voters elected Judge Ehrlich to the Circuit Court of Cook County, defeating six other candidates. 

Judge Ehrlich and his partner/husband of more than 30 years live in Chicago. 

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