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Tailor, Sanjay T.

  • Title: Appellate Court Justice
  • District: 1

The Illinois Supreme Court assigned Sanjay Tailor to the appellate court in 2022, after he served as a trial judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County for two decades. As an associate judge in the trial court, he heard cases in the Municipal, Domestic Relations, Law, and Chancery Divisions. In January 2021, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him to at-large Circuit Judge, and he was named Presiding Judge of the County Division. The following year the voters elected him to circuit judge from the 9th Judicial Subcircuit of Cook County. He is a cum laude graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has taught a course in civil procedure there since 2004. He practiced law as an associate at Chapman and Cutler, as in-house counsel at the First National Bank of Chicago, and as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney. He is a member of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Access to Justice and Committee on Judicial Education, and previously served on the Supreme Court’s Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee. He is a past president of the Lawyers Club of Chicago and a member of numerous bar associations, as well as the Illinois Judges Association and Asian American Judges Association of Illinois.