Justin Hansen Appointed to Replace Circuit Court Judge Michael Sullivan

A press release from the McHenry County Circuit Court:

Justin M. Hansen Appointed Circuit Judge by the Illinois Supreme Court

(Woodstock, IL) On November 12, 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court issued order M.R. 001403, appointing Justin M. Hansen to Circuit Judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit, Third Subcircuit.

Judicial Subcircuit 3 may see a Republican Primary Election for Circuit Court Judge in 2020. There could, of course, be a Democrat running for the office as well.

The appointment is effective February 4, 2019 and terminates on December 7, 2020, pending the results of the general election in 2020.

Mr. Hansen’s appointment fills the vacancy due to the retirement of Circuit Judge Michael J. Sullivan.

Immediately preceding to his appointment Mr. Hansen was an attorney in the Libertyville office of Swanson, Martin & Bell.

He successfully represented individual, corporate and municipal clients in a wide variety of matters including medical malpractice, breach of contract, land use and zoning, and landlord/tenant issues.

Prior to joining Swanson, Martin & Bell, Mr. Hansen practiced at Cowlin, Naughton, Curran & Coppedge in Crystal Lake, and representing clients in criminal and juvenile matters, real estate transactions, and business disputes.

He also prosecuted DUI and traffic citations for various local municipalities.

Mr. Hansen also served the 22nd Judicial Circuit of McHenry County as a Special Public Defender, representing indigent clients on misdemeanor and felony matters.

Mr. Hansen attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois earning his Bachelor of Arts and received his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law.

Before attending law school, Justin worked for a non-profit in Milwaukee providing advocacy for children affected by domestic violence.

Mr. Hansen presently lives in unincorporated McHenry County, in Nunda Township with his wife and children.


Justin Hansen Appointed to Replace Circuit Court Judge Michael Sullivan — 5 Comments

  1. Expect Joe G to now be appointed to fill the Board vacancy in District 3.

  2. I guess Mary M will have to cancel her order at Robes ‘R’ Us.

  3. She, among others, are applying for an Associate Judge slot.

  4. It was apparently decided to make this a subcircuit seat so those applicants who didn’t live within that subcircuit became ineligible (ie. Joe G).

    Cowlin is now the Chief Judge and someone was picked who was with his former law firm who lives in the 3rd subcircuit!


    Expect Joe to take up the vacant Board seat and ponder his next move (States Attorney, another judicial opening, ???).

  5. Hello Honorable Hansen,

    I writing this because I want to complain about Judge Joel Berg.

    He yelled at my lawyer, Mr. Wilderbrant; and he played favorite with the defendant, Cassie Galanopoulos.

    Can you listen to the tape or read the transcript.

    I want to have a reconsideration because Cassy lied on the stand and Judge Berg acted like a brat.

    19sc542 is the case number.
    Connie Galanopoulos

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