Hon. Brigid Mary McGrath See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   7.7 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. Brigid Mary McGrath



Comment #: IL2731
This judge does not seem to understand the concept of economic distress/coercion and fraud. She lets banks get away with murder, while ruling against the non-banker. If you are pursuing a case against a bank, get another judge. She will side with the bank regardless of their flimsy evidence. Poor application of the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL621
Rating:Not Rated
Extraordinarily slow--mentally and otherwise. 3-4 months to get a hearing on a fully briefed motion.....tentative and unsure of herself...clearly over her head.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL448
Very, very nice lady. She is both diligent and thorough. However, Judge McGrath lacks the analytical skills required to handle legally complex matters.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL221
Rating:Not Rated
Indecisive and likes to "split the baby" and doesn't move things along. But, probably in top half of judges in Circuit Court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL177
Excellent demeanor. Very pleasant personality. Thinks carefully before ruling and generally appears to have carefully read the material. Doesn't prejudge anything. Takes her position and responsibility very seriously.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL115
Did a good job trying case between very contentious litigants and attorneys. Seemed very fair and willing to bar evidence that could come in as too prejudicial. Can be pretty gutsy in taking the right issues away from a jury.