William Yu Appointed to Serve as Associate Judge of Cook County Circuit Court

County’s Elected Judges Choose Ulmer Litigator to Fill Courtroom Vacancy 

William (Bill) Yu, Counsel to Ulmer & Berne LLP (Ulmer), has been appointed as an Associate Judge in Cook County, Illinois, the second largest court system in the U.S. Bill, along with 11 other attorneys and five current Associate Judges, was selected through balloting of sitting, elected judges from more than 270 candidates and 34 finalists for appointment to the bench. He and 16 others that won the election will be sworn in on June 30, 2018. Bill will become the first Korean-American judge at the county or state level in Illinois.

For nearly twenty years Bill has focused his practice on complex business litigation for corporate clients in the greater Chicago area. As an experienced trial lawyer, he has represented professionals, corporations, and municipalities before a variety of regulatory agencies and has defended numerous consumer class actions, including high-exposure product liability cases, in multiple jurisdictions.

“Bill is a well-respected litigator in Chicago, and though we regret that he is leaving Ulmer’s award-winning litigation team, we are thrilled that the Cook County Circuit Court is gaining a new judge with vast experience, tremendous integrity, and fierce intelligence,” said Alan M. Wolper, Partner-in-Charge of Ulmer’s Chicago office.

A past president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicagoland Area, Bill serves on the board of advisors of the Korean American Bar Association and as Central Regional Governor for the International Association of Korean Lawyers. He earned his B.A. from Oberlin College in Ohio and J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

“Ulmer congratulates Bill on this incredible honor, and we wish him well as he brings his unmatched professionalism, diligence, and commitment to justice to his new role on the bench,” said Scott P. Kadish, Ulmer’s Managing Partner. “His expertise in helping clients successfully navigate complex disputes will ensure he thrives in this new role.”