Gary W. Seyring
Gary W. Seyring
John J. Curry Jr.
John J. Curry Jr.

In the days leading up to the March 18 primary election, the Daily Law Bulletin will publish responses to questionnaires sent to candidates in all contested Cook County judicial races. Campaign finance information comes from Illinois State Board of Elections reports.

Name: John J. Curry Jr.

Age: 60

Residence: Barrington

Political party: Republican

Current position: Trial lawyer and partner at Polsinelli P.C. with practice in business and commercial civil litigation.

Past legal experience: Of counsel, Weil and Associates, Northbrook, 1993-1998; of counsel, Morris, Rathnau & De La Rosa, 1990-1993; associate, Katten, Muchin & Zavis, 1986-1990; trial attorney, special litigation section, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 1983-1986; Illinois assistant attorney general, special litigation section, general law division, 1981-1983; associate, Schaffenegger, Watson & Peterson, 1979-1981; associate, Karr, Moran & Felbinger, 1978-1979.

Chicago Bar Association evaluation: Qualified

Illinois State Bar Association evaluation: Qualified

Campaign funds available July 1 to Dec. 31: $43,085.30

Campaign funds spent July 1 to Dec. 31: $19,356.58

Law school: Vanderbilt University Law School, 1978

Campaign website: CurryForJudge.com

Family: Wife, Jamie, is an independent interior designer and a former radio advertising professional.

Hobbies/interests: Travel (domestic and international), history, politics, music, opera (served on auxiliary board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago), motor scooters and motorcycles, kayaking, sailing, swimming, film, theater, alumni activities and support, reading.

Have you ever run for office before? Yes. I ran for state representative unsuccessfully twice (1980 and 1992). I ran for Republican ward committeeman successfully four times.

Why should voters support your candidacy? I am a 35-year civil trial attorney with a peer review rating of AV Preeminent from LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell, and I am a peer-elected member of the Chicago Leading Lawyers Network. Therefore, I have excellent professional achievement and experience to serve as a trial court judge.

I have significant government law experience as a former Illinois assistant attorney general, Illinois special assistant attorney general, litigation counsel for the village of Lisle and trial attorney in the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

My several court admissions (i.e., U.S. Supreme Court), professional affiliations (i.e., American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association) and other litigation related accomplishments are listed on my firm’s website at polsinelli.com/professionals/jcurry and indicate my qualifications to serve as judge.

Why do you want to be a judge? I am running for judge because I have always been personally committed to public service, because my trial law career has prepared me for the position, and because the Cook County Circuit Court needs improvement.

With my long experience as a trial lawyer committed to excellence in practice, I believe that I can help improve our court, and I would be committed to reforms and advances in the court system, such as better public information on court business, better technology for public use, more streamlined procedure and improved selection of associate judges. Today, technological inefficiency and courtroom backlogs concern me, and I will work to achieve reform in these areas.

In campaigning for this office, local citizens have shared with me their concern over protection of individual and civil rights, lawsuit abuse, fair treatment of individuals who appear before the court, domestic violence offenses and judicial adherence to the Constitution and duly enacted legislation, and I intend to pay heed to these concerns, within the bounds of my professional obligations, as a member of the court.

What was the most interesting case you handled as a lawyer?Fidelity Nat’l Title Ins. Co. of New York v. Howard Sav. Bank, 436 F.3d 836 (7th Cir. 2006). I represented one of several Chicago area banks sued for fraudulent transfers as a result of the collapse of InterCounty Title Co., the largest title company defalcation occurrence in the U.S. as of that time.

We defendant banks, which had served as merely depository banks for certain funds, successfully defended the case, which involved extensive document and expert discovery and an important appeal, wherein the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on treatment of certificates of deposits in fraudulent transfer claims in a case of first impression.

What would you consider your greatest career accomplishment? Becoming partner in my current firm, Polsinelli P.C.

What qualities do you plan to bring to the bench? I believe that I could serve with knowledge and skill (based on my strong litigation experience) and integrity, impartiality and empathy. These qualities have led to a number of highly respected individuals and political organizations lending their support to my campaign.

I have the support of six retired Republican judges from the northwest suburbs: Anthony Iosco (to whose seat I am seeking election), Sam Amirante, James Ryan, Arthur Perivolidis, Robert Sklodowski and Jack O’Malley (who also served as Cook County state’s attorney). I have also been endorsed by former Illinois attorneys general Jim Ryan and Tyrone Fahner, former U.S. assistant attorney general Joseph Morris, many other distinguished lawyers, Cook County Republican Party Chairman Aaron Del Mar and the Republican organizations of Barrington and Palatine townships.


Name: Gary W. Seyring

Age: 63

Residence: Schaumburg

Political party: Republican

Current position: Attorney and CPA, Law Offices of Gary W. Seyring in Schaumburg.

Past legal experience: More than 35 years in many areas of civil law.

Chicago Bar Association evaluation: Qualified

Illinois State Bar Association evaluation: Qualified

Campaign funds available July 1 to Dec. 31: $55,137.22

Campaign funds spent July 1 to Dec. 31: $14,410.95

Law school: The John Marshall Law School, 1978

Campaign website: SeyringforJudge.com

Family: Married more than 40 years to Theresa; two sons, Brendan and Bryan

Hobbies/interests: Family activities including hiking out West; visiting Disney World and historical sites, vacationing in Yellowstone and watching the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Fire and White Sox with my family.

Have you ever run for office before? 1978, School Board District 54

Why should voters support your candidacy? Voters should support me primarily because of my 35 years of legal experience coupled with my CPA background and my record of public service.

Both the ISBA and CBA have found me “Qualified” to serve as a judge. Under the subcircuit system, Cook County has been divided into 15 subcircuits so residents from a specific geographical area can elect a judge from their community. I have lived in the 13th Subcircuit for more than 39 years. I raised my family in the 13th Subcircuit; I work in the 13th Subcircuit; and I have contributed to this community for more than 39 years.

Why do you want to be a judge? I have been encouraged by a number of friends, clients and colleagues to run for judge. They believe my 35 years of legal experience coupled with my CPA background and my record of public service qualifies me to be a judge.

What was the most interesting case you handled as a lawyer? A federal breach-of-contract suit in which I represented a short line railroad that had a seven-year lease with the national trade organization for 55 grain cars at the rate of $55,000 per month. Early in the lease, the trade organization defaulted on the lease due to the U.S. grain embargo placed on the Soviet Union.

Or a family fight over control of a closely held company in probate court. This case was interesting not so much for the legal aspects of the case, but because of the high-profile attorneys in the case including brothers of a mayor, a former federal prosecutor, a former chief probate judge and their interaction with the litigation process.

What would you consider your greatest career accomplishment? At a very early age — 10 — I decided to be a lawyer so I could help people. I believe I have accomplished that goal by providing clients from all walks of life — young persons and seniors; individuals, both blue-collar and professional — with affordable legal representation. Further, over my legal career I have volunteered in many civic and local organizations providing many nonprofit groups with free legal services in accomplishing my goal.

What qualities do you plan to bring to the bench? Integrity, temperament and legal expertise. Over my legal career I have represented clients from all walks of life and volunteered in many civic and local organizations. I believe my involvement with these organizations has further increased my sensitivity for diversity.

Many years of working with these communities has heightened my ability to listen to people from different backgrounds. Since I have represented a wide range of parties in my career, I am not hampered by one perspective, which enhances my ability to be fair and impartial to all litigants.