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Cook County Circuit CourtCandidate for Judge, Subcircuit 13Fecarotta, Jr. vacancy

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Kevin Michael O'Donnell

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Pursue the truth tirelessly and be a thoughtful, fair and impartial Judge.
  • Keep Politics Out of the Courtroom.
  • Serve as a Knowledgeable Leader with Integrity.



Owner, The Law Offices of Kevin M. O'Donnell, Ltd. (1992–current)


DePaul University Juris Doctor (1988)
DePaul University Bachelors of Science, Accounting (1985)

Community Activities

Organizer & Pro Bono Attorney, Fire Museum of Greater Chicago (1997–current)
Organizer and Pro Bono Attorney, Chicago Fire Department Charities (2003–current)
Volunteer Attorney, Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind (2009–current)
Volunteer, PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) (1992–current)
Chairman and Officer of the Probate Practice Committee, Chicago Bar Association (1993–1999)


Kevin O’Donnell is an experienced litigation, business and estate planning attorney with the experience and integrity necessary to serve as a fair and impartial Cook County Judge.

O’Donnell runs a successful and long-established law practice that focuses on estate planning and probate, corporate and transactional, real estate, litigation, and charitable matters. An attorney since 1988, his firm is based 100% on referrals from satisfied clients and attorneys who value Kevin’s tireless determination, creativity, and business judgment.

In his 27 years of practice, Kevin O’Donnell has a great deal of litigation experience of the very sort needed to be a successful Judge. His civil litigation experience is broad, covering work for plaintiffs and defendants in Law, Chancery, Domestic Relations, Municipal, Probate, Mechanic’s Lien, Traffic, Criminal, and Mandatory Arbitration divisions. He has handled OSHA and Department of Labor litigation, hearings, zoning board hearings, real estate and income tax challenges, private arbitrations, and even helped with a workers compensation matter. He has been involved in everything from small claims to multi-party complex litigation with millions of dollars at stake. He has strong appellate experience and has won on appeal for both appellant and appellee. He is a court approved mediator in Cook County after successfully completing the number one program in the nation at the Pepperdine School of Law.


O’Donnell is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He has practiced law in the courts of the Cook, Lake, and DuPage counties and in Federal Court. He has also pursued cases for unpaid business owners in the Federal Bankruptcy courts in Chicago and Rockford. He has been admitted to our local Federal District Court and United States Tax Court. He is a Member of the Northwest Suburban, Chicago, and Illinois State Bar Associations. He worked his way through college, working nights managing a staff at Dominick’s to earn his tuition, and earned his Juris Doctor and Bachelors of Science from DePaul University.

A leader with integrity, O’Donnell prioritizes community service. He is trusted to be Executor and Trustee for numerous estates, and served as Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association Probate Practice Committee, a pre-eminent practice committee for probate practitioners. He organized Chicago’s first Fire Museum which honors first responders, and has been the pro-bono attorney to its 1,000 plus members since inception over 17 years ago. He organized and represents the Chicago Fire Department Charities, and made it possible for city employees to donate through payroll deductions. He serves as a volunteer attorney for Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind in honor of his mother who lost her sight in her later years. He also volunteers for PADS, served as Director and President of the Sherwood Improvement Association, and has been a youth coach for many years in the Arlington Heights Youth Athletic Association.

Kevin O’Donnell comes from a big Irish Catholic family, as one of six children. His father served in Army intelligence and counter-intelligence with top secret clearance, and his mother, the source of much inspiration, went back to school after raising her children to become a CPA and start her own practice at the age of 50. He and his wife, Cindy, celebrated their 25th anniversary last year, and are the proud parents of three daughters. They have raised their daughters to be contributing citizens and high-achievers, and as a result they earned top grades and scores of 35, 36, and 36 on their ACTs which led to all being accepted to the University of Notre Dame. Their rescue dog, Lucky, is a Beagle mix named after the dog in their favorite children’s book. Kevin is a faithful member of St James Catholic Church, and was sought out to serve as Chairman for the Human Resources Committee for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, a neighboring congregation.

Judicial Ratings

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater ChicagoNot Recommended
Chicago Council of LawyersQualified
Cook County Bar AssociationNot Recommended
Decalogue Society of LawyersNot Recommended
Hellenic Bar AssociationNot Recommended
Illinois State Bar AssociationNot Qualified
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of ChicagoNot Recommended
Puerto Rican Bar Association of IllinoisRecommended
Women’s Bar Association of IllinoisNot Recommended
Hispanic Lawyers Association of IllinoisNot Qualified

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My broad range of life and legal experiences has prepared me well to serve as Judge. After over 27 years of being entrusted by over a thousand clients, I have the experience necessary to serve as a knowledgeable and well-prepared Judge. I am not part of the political establishment, so I can be counted on to pursue the truth tirelessly and be a thoughtful, fair and impartial Judge. I care deeply about the dignity and respect of everyone and will bring that same caring to the bench and all who appear before me. Please trust in me as so many others have, and vote to elect me Cook County Circuit Court Judge in the 13th Subcircuit.

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