Hon. Richard D. Russo See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
DuPage County
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.8 - 1 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 3 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)

What others have said about Hon. Richard D. Russo



Comment #: IL1432
I don't think he listened well enough to the facts and became distracted by a piece of information that had nothing to do with the case in front of him. My son was falsely accused of something he didn't do. Had a police officer there that testified that the accusation was false due to video evidence. Heard the accuser lie under oath. And then sympathized with the accuser and reprimanded my son. I was appalled! My son won the case but did not need to be made to look like he did something wrong when false charges were brought against him. He never reprimanded the accuser for filing a false report. What is wrong with this system?


Comment #: IL1302
He issued a plenary order of protection against me because he didn't like my facial expression during the hearing. He said "I know you think this is a big joke to you". I never said anything to that effect nor did i behave in anything but a professional demeanor. He basically issued the plenary order because my parents were crying and I didn't show any remorse or emotion. I didn't know you know you could win a case by crying. This isn't kindergarten or daycare sir. This a court of law and deciding it based on whether or not you like my face or based on the petitioners crying is not proper conduct of a presiding judge. I had revealed numerous inconsistencies and outright lies by the petitioner during cross-examination and this overweight, barney frank look-alike chose to ignore all if it and issued a full 2-year plenary order against me, forbidding me to return to my legal residence for 2 years. This is huge violation of my rights under Article 1 section 2 of the Illinois state Constitution regarding due process of law, and an abuse of process. He will be held accountable and I will gladly join any class action complaint against this unprofessional judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL1260
basically threw out my order of protection request without explanation or reason. he's arrogant, pro-criminal and quite interested in saving Illinois money and not working for justice. He is a sad excuse for a judge and has shaken my trust and belief in the system. He's a politician with a misguided sense of 'compassion'. if left to renew him on election day I would vote a resounding NO


Comment #: IL1235
Hi: I found him to be the same. We made a motion to reconsider after a very little thought about distribution of assets (against the 50/50 precedent). August 2014. He did nothing to "un-couple" us after the divorce. He gave her ownership in an asset that she had nothing to do with before the judgement.

We had a scheduled date to hear the motion in Nov. 2014. 2 days before, said' No my ruling stands" . He never heard our motion. In private chamber, he told someone "I don't have time for this and I don't really care"

As of January 1, he was removed from the divorce bench. He was not trained, very unprofessional and not worry to be called a judge.

I am thinking that if we find enough people that he screwed, we can get a class action law suit and have his rulings tossed out.

Please contact me if you desire.


Comment #: IL1154
Rating:Not Rated
A motion was brought against me for child support, medical bills, and a request for lawyer fees. I went to court representing myself (due to my first lawyer taking $40,000 with poor results and very little work. I net less than $30,000). The motion was unfounded as I had the documents in hand to prove it, however, Judge Russo did not want to hear anything I had to say about the motion. I find this Judge very disrespectful as I have done my best as a father, emotionally and financially towards our daughter. My case continues to simply bleed the financial resources from our daughter because my x-wife will not stop bringing me to court and mediation. She is simply wasting my daughter's child support on court fees, and Judge Russo doesn't want to hear what I have to say. Shame on him as he does not deserve to be a judge if he is not willing to take facts into account. On several occasions he has ignored what I have to say.