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Meet David

David Bonoma is an experienced attorney who has received numerous professional honors and awards over his distinguished, 30 year legal career. His experience in both civil and criminal law has uniquely prepared him to serve as a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

After starting his career in the private sector, in 1997 David went to work as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County where he served as Chief of Staff to State’s Attorney Dick Devine. In that role, David had a particular focus on juvenile law including overseeing efforts to reform the state’s juvenile justice laws, and assisting in the passage of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 1997. This new law brought the concept of Balanced and Restorative Justice to Illinois’ juvenile court system. This approach focuses not only on holding young people accountable for their offenses, but striving to put them on the right path before they turn to more serious crime. During his time at the State’s Attorneys’ office, David also served on the Attorney General’s Council on Firearms and School Safety and as the Office’s representative on the State’s Attorney’s Juvenile Justice Competency Commission. As a leader in that Office, David gained valuable experience analyzing and balancing the way laws and policies impact all stakeholders in our legal system – victims, the community, law enforcement, defense advocates and the courts.

David also has hands on experience serving in a quasi-judicial capacity as a member of the Cook County Officers of Electoral Board from 1997 through 2001, where he oversaw hundreds of cases relating to ballot access and other election law related issues. In 2010, he was appointed by the Governor to the Illinois Employment Security Board of Review, further expanding his quasi-judicial experience. This real world experience serving in judicial-like roles distinguishes him from typical judicial candidates.

David has excelled at some of Chicago’s top law firms, handling all aspects of complex civil cases before judges in State and Federal court. David’s civil litigation experience spans many years and covers a wide variety of cases including products liability, environmental and personal injury. He is currently a partner at Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP, a national firm with more than 40 offices across that country that focus exclusively on representing cities, counties, states and other governmental entities in all of their revenue recovery and management needs.

In all of these roles, David has earned a reputation for fairness, integrity, hard work and compassion. In 2002, David was recognized as one of the “40 Under 40” by Law Bulletin Publishing Company. He has been recognized in publications as a “Super Lawyer” and one of the “Leading Lawyers” in the State of Illinois. His broad experience in our court system provides him with the knowledge, skills, perspective and understanding that uniquely qualify him to serve as a circuit court judge in Cook County.

David is a long time member of St. Barnabas parish where he and his wife of 31 years, Mary Kay, have raised four wonderful, independent daughters.

David earned his undergraduate degree at Marquette University in 1985 where he graduated with an Honors Certificate Diploma. He received his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1988, receiving the Leadership and Service Award, and the AmJur Award for excellence in Constitutional Law. He is a proud alum of St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.

Found Qualified or Recommended by the Chicago Bar Association, Chicago Council of Lawyers, Cook County Bar Association, Hispanic Lawyers Association and many others:

The Chicago Bar Association

Chicago Council of Lawyers

Cook County Bar Association

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois

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