Joseph Casciato

Of Counsel

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The Honorable Joseph Casciato presided in the prestigious Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County for the past fourteen years. His assignment to the trial and motion sections afforded him the opportunity and challenge to adjudicate or settle some of the most noteworthy and far reaching civil lawsuits in the areas of negligence, constitution, medical malpractice, products, commercial and coverage disputes.

Long active in numerous bar association activities, he served as an Assemblyman for the Illinois State Bar Association, and lectured and authored for Chicago Bar Association, and for the Supreme Court’s continuing education for Illinois judges. As past chairman of Illinois Supreme Court Discovery Committee, he was involved in the review and creation of Supreme Court rules in Civil Litigation.

Joe was an adjunct professor at his Alma Mater, DePaul University Law School for 12 years, writing and teaching a substantive course entitled “Illinois Civil Litigation.”

He is a member of Illinois Racing Board.

As trial and Appellate Counsel, Joe tried numerous cases to verdict and litigated cases in the Illinois Appellate Court, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and prepared briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court. As mediator, he has successfully mediated thousands of cases, including hundreds of catastrophic injuries and medical malpractice cases. He is listed as a Super Lawyer in litigation.

Further, he is a commercial mediator and arbitrator.

Joe has long been involved with the National Hockey League Players Association as a consultant and adviser on contractual matters and player arbitrations.


B.A., Loyola University, 1971
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1974


  • Adjunct Professor, DePaul University College of Law


  • Illinois, 1974
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981

Judicial Service

  • Appointed to Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, 1982
  • Assigned to the 1st and 4th Municipal Districts
  • Served in Law Jury 2 years
  • Presided over Motion Call D of the Law Division


  • Appreciation Award, Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
  • Man of the Year Award – Fraternal Order of Police


  • Illinois Racing Board
  • Justinian Law Society
  • Illinois Judges Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Supreme Court Discovery Committee Chairman
  • Cabrini Green Legal Clinic Contributor

Speaking Engagements

  • Chicago Bar Association, Motion Practice Seminars, Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Supreme Court Judicial Conference, Summary Judgments
  • Series of Lectures on Complex Litigation and Civil Procedure


  • National Hockey League Players Association, consultant and adviser on contractual matters and player arbitration