Cecilia Anne Horan
Judge Cecilia A. Horan was appointed as a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, on January 19, 2017, by the Illinois Supreme Court. She is presently assigned to the First Municipal Division where she hears cases involving contract disputes, the rights of landlords and tenants, debtors and creditors, and traffic matters. She has been found “Qualified” or “Recommended” to serve as a judge by all twelve reviewing bar organizations.She has received the endorsement of the Cook County Democratic Party, the Chicago Federation of Labor, and numerous elected officials and community leaders.
Prior to her judicial service, Judge Horan was a litigation partner at the 500-attorneylaw firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, where she practiced for 20 years. Her law practice involved the defense of individuals and businesses in high-exposure and complex personal injury lawsuits. She has handled cases in courthouses throughout Illinois and in various other states, however, her main practice was in the Circuit Court of Cook County, where she tried several cases to verdict.
Judge Horan is the president of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC), a bar organization for LGBTQ lawyers, law students and legal professionals that provides its members with social and networking opportunities, mentoring programs for law students and young lawyers, public interest law scholarships and internship opportunities with organizations such as the Cook County States Attorney’s office, Equality Illinois and Lambda Legal, continuing legal education programs, and more. She has been a member of the LAGBAC board of directors since 2010 and on the executive board since 2013.
Judge Horan is a life-long Chicago resident and lives in the Andersonville neighborhood where she is on the board of directors of her neighborhood organization, West Edgewater Area Residents (WEAR). WEAR addresses neighborhood issues such as housing density, green space, parking restrictions, new development within the WEAR boundaries, and maintains the beautiful and award-winning WEAR garden.
Judge Horan is a graduate of Taft High School, Columbia College Chicago and The John Marshall Law School.