|Judge Paul P. Biebel, Jr.
Court: Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division, Circuit Court of Cook County
Non-legal Experience: Assistant Dean of Men, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois from 1967 to
Legal Experience: Assistant State’s Attorney, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office from 1969 to
1981: Criminal Appeals Division from 1969 to 1970; Civil Division from 1970 to 1974; Criminal
Misdemeanor and Felony Trial Division from 1974 to 1975; Chief of the Civil Division from 1975
to 1981. First Assistant Attorney General, Illinois Attorney General’s Office from 1981 to 1985. Public Defender of
Cook County from 1986 to 1988. In private practice as a partner at Winston & Strawn in Chicago, Illinois from 1985 to
1986 and from 1988 to 1994. In private practice at ALtheimer & Gray in Chicago, Illinois from 1994 to 1996.
Judicial Experience: In 1996, Judge Biebel was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as a judge of the Circuit Court
of Cook County. He was elected to that position in 1998. Judge Biebel served in the traffic, misdemeanor, preliminary
hearing and domestic violence courts between October of 1996 and April of 1997.
In April of 1997, he was assigned to the Juvenile Court, Child Protection Division, where he served until January of
2000. In January of 2000, Judge Biebel was assigned as a Chancellor in the Chancery Division. In January of 2001,
Judge Bibel left his position as Chancellor when he was appointed by then-Chief Judge Donald P. O’Connell to be
Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division where he presently continues to serve. Judge Biebel now oversees the
operation of the largest and busiest criminal courthouse in America.
Awards: Judge Biebel received a Chick Evans Scholarship to attend Marquette University. He later received a
Bellarmine Scholarship from the Georgetown University Law Center. Throughout his career Judge Biebel has received
numerous awards and honors including being named Catholic Lawyer of the Year;
Celtic Lawyer of the Year; American Legion, State of Illinois, Award of Excellence; Commitment to Justice Award by the
Chicago Council of Lawyers; the John Howard Association Award for the Development of Innovative Mental Health and
Drug Courts; the Gideon Award presented by the Illinois Defender Association; the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill’
s Public Education Award.
Memberships: Illinois Judges’ Association; Illinois Appellate Lawyers’ Association; Chicago Bar Association; Federal
Bar Association, Chicago Chapter (Past President); Seventh Circuit Bar Association. Former member, National Board
of Directors of Georgetown Law Alumni Association and the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in
Criminal Cases: the Supreme Court Task Force on Probation Funding; the Supreme Court Planning and Oversight
Committee for a Judicial Performance Evaluation Program and the Disproportionate Minority Confinement Committee.
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Family: Judge Biebel has one son, Brian, three daughters, Christine (Castellino), Jennifer (Connor) and Susan, and
seven grandchildren. His son, Brian, is a major in the United States Air Force. His daughter, Christine, is an attorney
practicing in Chicago. His daughter, Jennifer is an editor of educational books. His daughter, Susan, works for
Miseracordia Homes in Chicago.
Education: Undergraduate: Marquette University, 1964, B.A.; Law School: Georgetown University Law Center, 1967, J.
Hobbies: Reading, golf and travel.