Dave Gervais Appointed McHenry County Circuit Court Judge

Crystal Lake Attorney David Gervais as received an early Christmas present.

He has been appointed a Circuit Court Judge in the 22nd Judicial District.

Here is a press release about his appointment:


(Crystal Lake, IL) — The State of Illinois Supreme Court has announced the appointment of Crystal Lake native, David R. Gervais as the Circuit Judge of the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, at Large.

The appointment is effective February 5, 2018. Gervais will replace the Honorable Michael T. Caldwell, who is retiring from judicial office on December 31, 2017.

Mr. Gervais has practiced law for 36-years in McHenry County, and is active in professional and community service at local, county and state levels.

He has served as a Republican Committeeman in Nunda and Algonquin Townships, with McHenry County Salvation Army Advisory Board, McHenry County Historical Society Board, McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission, Cary Park District as well as Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association and many other local civic organizations in diverse capacities.

“It has been my joy to serve the community with my legal practice and my civil involvement,” says David R. Gervais.

David Gervais

“I am humbled by this appointment, and look forward to utilizing my experience and knowledge to support the fair and equitable administration of justice.”

Since 1991, Gervais has provided legal services through his firm, Law Offices of David R. Gervais from his Veteran Point offices in Crystal Lake. His legal team currently includes Thomas J. Leahy, Kelly E. Vaclavek and Carl E. Metz III.

A graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, Gervais received his B.A. in Philosophy from Bucknell University, and is a graduate of Crystal Lake Central High School.

He has been an active member of the McHenry County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association since 1982.

Married to Susan Gervais, David has three grown children, three grandchildren, three dogs and two cats.

In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, boat-building, sailing, gardening and beekeeping.

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As a very young man, Gervais worked in the office of the Algonquin Township Assessor.

He will be filling out the term of recently-retired Judge Michael Caldwell.


Dave Gervais Appointed McHenry County Circuit Court Judge — 27 Comments

  1. I have known mr Gervais for many years.

    He has consistently demonstrated a commitment to professional ethics and zealous representation of his clients.

    Dave will be an excellent Judge.

  2. I don’t know anything about the guy, but I like the fact that he’s a very experienced lawyer who doesn’t have a bunch of public sector pension credits already built up.

    Unlike some of the other judges who have been appointed, he won’t be able to retire in his mid 50s and draw a huge pension for 30+ years.

  3. Congratulations David: a well deserved and overdue honor for which you should be proud.

  4. LOL, This judge appointment was not posted for the public to weigh in on.

    The good Old Boys Club is Alive and well in McHenry County.

  5. Wow, sure didn’t see this coming….an excellent choice, legal mind and temperment beyond reproach, the public and legal community will be well served.

  6. 3 Dogs & 2 Cats makes him an Expert in conflict resolution

  7. Tiffany Davis was appointed to Weech’s position.

    Was that because she ‘was part of the Good ol
    boys club?’

    Congratulations, David and congratulations McHenry County!

  8. And Yes Tiffany was appointed but now she has to run while Dave sits for 2 years on the bench.

    See how this works yet?

  9. To save tax-payers’ dollars, following our sunshine blog tradition, I suggest consolidating the entire court system. Only one libertarian, corporate friendly, family values, gun clinging judge and courtroom in our state. Our sunshine blogger, of course, comes to mind. Those in favor, say aye. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock…

  10. This appointment was made by state Supreme Court judge Bob Thomas, not the local judges.

    Dave will make a superb judge.

    I can’t think of anyone better.

  11. Sullivan Made his recommendation.

    The supreme court doesn’t know who any McHenry County attorneys are without talking to the chief judge.

    again the goodie boys club is alive and well.

    How do you think Robert Wilbrandt got appointed?

    And many others for that matter.

  12. I remember when I was younger and even more foolish I assumed that to become a judge you had to be smart.

    McHenry County has some excellent judges and its share of idiots.

  13. A stunning choice.

    Deep and broad legal experience, brings no bias, baggage, preconceptions, or prejudices to the bench, gets straight to the point with clearly expressed analysis.


  14. One NOT TO VOTE FOR in the upcoming Judicial Election:


  15. Not to take away from this appointment.

    As it was a good one.

    But it’s time for a new chief judge.

    A fresh perspective on things.

  16. Judge Sullivan could have retired and drawn his 150K+ pension for the past 20 years, instead he chose to stay on the job and work, yet some who don’t even know him choose to criticize….

    makes no sense.

    Thank you Judge Sullivan!

  17. He’s an extremist and was one of Bob Anderson’s and Verr’s fake election judges at the illegal GOP caucuses!

    He’ll make a terrible judge, just like he was that night last year when the GOP was taken over by the far right!

  18. There were no claims that the count that he and McHenry County Board member Jeff Thorsen made was incorrect.

    They had no stake in the process, both being from outside of McHenry Township.

  19. Just because someone lives outside a political unit does not mean they have no interest in influencing it.

    Just ask Vlad Putin.

  20. Swampbuggy Walkup gets a puppet on the McHenry bench.


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