Justice Jesse Reyes – Experience to Lead

Justice Jesse Reyes – Experience to Lead

Jesse G. Reyes

Appellate JusticeIllinois Appellate Court • First District, Fourth Division

Jesse G. Reyes is currently a Justice on the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, serving as a member of the court’s Executive Committee.  

Justice Reyes previously served as the Presiding Justice of the Fifth Division and as the former chair of the First District’s Settlement Conference Committee. He has been a member of the judiciary since December 1997, having previously served as both an associate judge and elected judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. His previous judicial assignments have included the Chancery Division’s Mortgage Foreclosure/Mechanics Lien Section, Domestic Violence Court and the Sixth Municipal District. He also served on a number of Circuit Court committees during his tenure on the trial court.

Before his election to the bench, Justice Reyes was employed with the Law Department of the Chicago Board of Education and represented the Board in litigation matters, and was responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures pertaining to school reform. Prior to joining the Board of Education, he was a Senior Supervising Attorney with the Corporation Counsel’s Office representing the City of Chicago in complex civil litigation matters in state and federal court.

Justice Reyes has served the judicial

community in the following capacity:

Diversity Scholarship Foundation

Founding Member and Current President

Illinois Judges Association

Former President

Illinois Judges Foundation

Founding Member and Former President

John Marshall Law School Alumni Association

Former President

Latin American Bar Association

Former President

Hispanic National Bar Association

Former Regional President

Hispanic National Bar Association Convention

Former Judicial Chair

Chicago Bar Association

Former Secretary

Assembly of the Illinois State Bar Association

Former Member

DuPage County Bar Association

Honorary Board Member

Asian American Bar Association

Honorary Board Member

Filipino American Bar Association

Honorary Board Member

Justice Reyes is the recipient of several awards for his distinguished service to the bench and bar, with special recognition for his efforts in promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Justice Reyes received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his J.D. from John Marshall Law School.