Tuesday, December 18, 2018

James T. Derico, Jr. appointed to Coghlan vacancy

The Illinois Supreme Court today appointed James T. Derico, Jr. to the countywide vacancy created by the retention defeat of Judge Matthew E. Coghlan.

The Supreme Court also issued a press release with today's order, confirming that this appointment was made on the recommendation of Justice Mary Jane Theis.

Justice Theis did not announce any appointment process for this vacancy; however, the Court's press release indicates that Derico's credentials were reviewed by Justice Theis's screening committee. The implication is that Derico was a finalist for one of the two countywide appointments announced yesterday.

Licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1985, Derico began his career as an associate with Gardner, Carton & Douglas (now Drinker, Biddle & Reath). He subsequently worked in-house for Borg-Warner Corporation and an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago specializing in contracts and commercial law. Derico founded his present firm, Derico & Associates, P.C., in 1992. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Derico did his undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame.

According to the Supreme Court's press release, Derico has served on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee for Civil Jury Instructions. He was the recipient of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and 2014. Derico is a member of the Chicago Bar Association (serving as Chair of the YLS Corporate Practices Group) and the Cook County Bar Association.

Derico's appointment is effective January 18, 2019; it will terminate on December 7, 2020.

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