Kevin O'Donnell

Steffen vs. O’Donnell: 2 Very Different Types of Opponents

Ketki Kay Steffan
Ketki Steffan
Kevin O'Donnell Candidate for Judge
Kevin O’Donnell

Steffen is a Former Prosecutor and Sits as a Judge, O’Donnell Has Significant Business Law Experience

Judge Steffen is currently a Cook County Circuit Court Judge pursuant to her Supreme Court appointment on November 12, 2015, and is currently sitting in the 3rd Municipal District, Rolling Meadows. Prior to that, she was an Arbitrator for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission from September 2013 through November 2015. Judge Steffen also previously served as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge where she sat in the Domestic Violence Courtrooms in Chicago and Rolling Meadows from January of 2010 through December of 2012. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Steffen served as an Assistant State’s Attorney at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse for eighteen years. As a prosecutor, she specialized in prosecuting violent crimes and helping keep our

communities safe. She was recognized for her outstanding work in Domestic Violence and is the proud recipient of the ‘Partners in Peace Award’ and the ‘Building Bridges Award’. Judge Steffen was instrumental in the proposal and passage of the ‘Cynthia Bischof GPS Legislation’ that allows judges to place tracking bracelets on repeat offenders. As a prosecutor, Kay Steffen was an authority on International Extraditions and specialized in bringing to justice the most violent offenders who try to escape our justice system and hide in foreign countries after committing their crimes. Her outstanding work in this area has resulted in bringing back to justice several murderers and child molesters who were subsequently prosecuted and sentenced to long terms of imprisonment. Her philosophy as a prosecutor was that no one is above the law and that the safety and security of the community is vital to its well-being.

Kevin O’Donnell is an experienced litigation, business and estate planning attorney with the experience and integrity necessary to serve as a fair and impartial Cook County Judge.

O’Donnell runs a successful and long-established law practice that focuses on estate planning and probate, corporate and transactional, real estate, litigation, and charitable matters. An attorney since 1988, his firm is based 100% on referrals from satisfied clients and attorneys who value Kevin’s tireless determination, creativity, and business judgment.

In his 28 years of practice, Kevin O’Donnell has a great deal of litigation experience of the very sort needed to be a successful Judge. His civil litigation experience is broad, covering work for plaintiffs and defendants in Law, Chancery, Domestic Relations, Municipal, Probate, Mechanic’s Lien, Traffic, Criminal, and Mandatory Arbitration divisions. He has handled OSHA and Department of Labor litigation, hearings, zoning board hearings, real estate and income tax challenges, private arbitrations, and even helped with a workers compensation matter. He has been involved in everything from small claims to multi-party complex litigation with millions of dollars at stake. He has strong appellate experience and has won on appeal for both appellant and appellee. He is a court approved mediator in Cook County after successfully completing the number one program in the nation at the Pepperdine School of Law.

O’Donnell is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He has practiced law in the courts of the Cook, Lake, and DuPage counties and in Federal Court. He has also pursued cases for unpaid business owners in the Federal Bankruptcy courts in Chicago and Rockford. He has been admitted to our local Federal District Court and United States Tax Court. He is a Member of the Northwest Suburban, Chicago, and Illinois State Bar Associations. He worked his way through college, working nights managing a staff at Dominick’s to earn his tuition, and earned his Juris Doctor and Bachelors of Science from DePaul University.

A leader with integrity, O’Donnell prioritizes community service. He is trusted to be Executor and Trustee for numerous estates, and served as Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association Probate Practice Committee, a pre-eminent practice committee for probate practitioners. He organized Chicago’s first Fire Museum which honors first responders, and has been the pro-bono attorney to its 1,000 plus members since inception over 17 years ago. He organized and represents the Chicago Fire Department Charities, and made it possible for city employees to donate through payroll deductions. He serves as a volunteer attorney for Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind in honor of his mother who lost her sight in her later years. He also volunteers for PADS, served as Director and President of the Sherwood Improvement Association, and has been a youth coach for many years in the Arlington Heights Youth Athletic Association.

Kevin O’Donnell comes from a big Irish Catholic family, as one of six children. His father served in Army intelligence and counter-intelligence with top secret clearance, and his mother, the source of much inspiration, went back to school after raising her children to become a CPA and start her own practice at the age of 50. He and his wife, Cindy, celebrated their 25th anniversary last year, and are the proud parents of three daughters. They have raised their daughters to be contributing citizens and high-achievers, and as a result they earned top grades and scores of 35, 36, and 36 on their ACTs which led to all being accepted to the University of Notre Dame. Their rescue dog, Lucky, is a Beagle mix named after the dog in their favorite children’s book. Kevin is a faithful member of St James Catholic Church, and was sought out to serve as Chairman for the Human Resources Committee for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, a neighboring congregation.