Below is the press release from the first candidate to announce for the Appellate Court, Michael Cortina.
He applied for an Associate Judgeship in 2019.
Cortina was the attorney for Algonquin Township Republican Supervisor candidate Randy Funk, when Funk successfully challenged the petition seeking a referendum to consolidate Algonquin Township with McHenry County.
He is running for the Democratic Party’s nomination
Cortina for Justice Campaign Announced
Mike Cortina has announced his candidacy for appellate court judge in Illinois’ 2 nd Appellate District, and the Cortina for Justice Committee has been formed.
Cortina, a Cuban-American and U.S. Veteran, has practiced law in Illinois for 23 years.
“I am running because we need judges who not only balance the demographics of the bench to match that of the community, but also have the experience, knowledge, and history of service that is critical for any jurist.
“Our judicial branch should represent the professional and demographic diversity of our state, and I am excited to apply my skills and experience to serve the community that I love.”
Currently a partner with SmithAmundsen, LLC, and manager of the firm’s Crystal Lake office, he has also served as an arbitrator, mediator, prosecutor, and defense attorney. Cortina and his wife Becky have two adult daughters and have lived in Crystal Lake for over 20 years.
The primary will be held on March 15, 2022.
For more information or to join the campaign, please visit us at www.Cortina4Justice.com, contact us at Contact@Cortina4Justice.com, or follow us on Twitter @Cortina4Justice.
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His firm’s profile follows:
Mike is the attorney to call for banks across the Midwest. He has extensive experience representing banks in various types of litigation, including but not limited to: uniform commercial code, automobile dealership cases, personal guaranties, foreclosures, check alterations, fraud, replevins, collections, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, and priority disputes. He also advises bank clients on operations matters, such as how to respond to a subpoena for a customer’s accounts, a non-wage garnishment of an account, or a federal grand jury subpoena for customer information.
Mike represents creditors in all types of matters pertaining to the United States Bankruptcy Code. In representing the interests of his clients in bankruptcy court, Mike has run the gamut by doing everything from filing a proof of claim to suing and defending in adversary proceedings to seeking revocation of a debtor’s discharge due to fraud. He even represented a creditor in a rare Chapter 9 (municipal) bankruptcy that was filed in Illinois, and successfully obtained dismissal of that case.
A well-rounded banking attorney, Mike drafts, edits and reviews loan documents for all types of matters. Mike drafts complete document packages for multi-million dollar loans, reviews existing documents for legal sufficiency, provides attorney approval for loans, and consults on pending loans. He negotiates and drafts transactional documents for real estate purchases and sales, real estate financing, and easements. He also handles litigation for real estate disputes, including foreclosures, mechanics liens, priority disputes, easements, trespass, zoning disputes, and eminent domain.
Mike is also a private pilot who negotiates and drafts loan documentation for aircraft, including business jets, private jets, turbo props and single-engine planes. He is well versed in Part 91, Part 135, and the other Federal Aviation Regulations.
As co-chair of the firm’s financial services group, Mike oversees a team providing financial institutions with advice and representation on transactional and litigation matters throughout each of the firm’s seven offices.
A strong community is built on the notion that the members of that community invest and give back to one another. To that end, Mike is an active member of the Lions Club, a global leader in community and humanitarian services.