Judge Oran F. Whiting is devoted to ensuring justice and safeguarding equality for ALL citizens of Cook County. He brings high qualifications, impartiality, experience, common sense, and compassion to the bench.
The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Judge Whiting to the Cook County Circuit Court in July, 2017. The Cook County Democratic Party fully endorses Judge Whiting and has slated him on the party’s countywide judicial ticket.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Whiting successfully practiced law for 30 years, representing a diverse group of clients in commercial litigation, insurance defense, and regulatory matters. He became a partner at the nation’s largest law firms, and also worked as a sole practitioner. His legal acumen has been recognized by Leading Lawyers Magazine, Illinois Super Lawyer, and Crain’s Chicago Business.
Judge Whiting has significant judicial and government experience as a former Illinois Court of Claims Commissioner (trial judge), Secretary of State Jesse White Hearing Officer, and Springfield, Illinois legislative counsel. As a current member of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois’ Oversight Committee, Judge Whiting is responsible for ensuring a high ethical standard for Illinois’ attorneys.
A leader in charitable and professional service, Judge Whiting served on the Board of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law; the AIDS Foundation of Chicago; and the Board of Trustees of the Francis W. Parker School. He has held several leadership positions in the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, and currently is executive editor of the Section’s Litigation News Magazine.
Judge Whiting has been unanimously positively evaluated by all bar rating organizations. His high qualifications have been recognized by his peers, and four bar rating organizations have given him their highest rating.
Judge Whiting is a Chicagoan with a strong educational background. He lived on Chicago’s West Side until the age of nine, when he moved to the South Side. He attended Francis W. Parker School, and received his undergraduate education from the University of Pennsylvania (where he earned a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in international relations while lettering in a varsity sport). He received his legal education at the Georgetown University Law Center before returning home to Chicago to begin his legal career.