Hon. Karen L. O'Malley See Rating Details
Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Cook County
Cook Judicial Circuit
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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. Karen L. O'Malley



Comment #: IL4078
Karen O'Malley was a HORRIBLE Probate Judge. She cheated and cheated and cheated for the hired Estate Attorney ( David Feldman). It "appeared" as though she was really trying to help this crooked attorney steal our Bequeathed Real Estate in Probate. She Really Was!!!!


Comment #: IL3273
This is the second time my family has had to deal with her as our probate judge. Our case has been settled for 3 months, but she keeps extending court dates for no valid reason. She is arrogant, rude and extremely condescending. This is nothing more than total abuse of power. She needs to be voted out of the circuit court.


Comment #: IL2451
After supplying all the information Judge O'Malley requested she keeps extending the closing date on a probate case,even though the will is very explicit and nobody is contesting it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: IL2362
She looks like an evil tomato in a black robe that only listens when she's yelled at.


Comment #: IL1294
She's intolerant, rude, unprepared. Reads motions in front of litigants making them wait.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: IL974
Aggressively angry and rude. Pompous, presumptuous and wholly pro-state. Horrible demeanor and jumps to conclusions without all the facts. Dangerous combination of insecurity and arrogance. Haven't seen a judge this bad in 15 years. SOJ this judge.