About Robin Shoffner

Robin Shoffner has presided as a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County since her appointment by the Illinois Supreme Court in December 2014. She is currently assigned to the Fourth Municipal District where she presides over both civil and misdemeanor cases including, evictions, small claims, and numerous traffic related offenses.

Prior to her appointment, Judge Shoffner was a trial attorney for the Federal Civil Rights Division of the Corporation Counsel's Office. She also served as Senior Litigation Counsel for Aon Risk Services and for the law firm of Albert Whitehead. During her 20 years of practice, Judge Shoffner has tried numerous cases to verdict in both state and federal court. She is a past president of the Black Women Lawyers' Association and a past board member of the Cook County Bar Association. In addition, Judge Shoffner is an active member of Holy Angels Catholic Church where she serves on the Finance Committee and the HIV/AIDS Ministry. Judge Shoffner lives in the South Loop community with her daughter, who attends the South Loop Elementary School.


  • December 2014 – present

  • Circuit Court Judge, Fourth Municipal Division,
  • Maywood, IL (January 2016 – present)

  • Traffic Division
  • Chicago, IL (Dec. 2014 – January 2016)

Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court in December 2014 to serve as a Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court, 5th Sub Circuit. Preside over a voluminous court call involving various motions, hearings and trials on traffic related offenses including, but not limited to, driving on revoked or suspended driver's license, driving under the influence (DUI) and both moving and non-moving traffic violations. Also serves in the 4th District Municipal Civil Division – presiding over small claims and evictions cases.

  • December 2008 – November 2014

  • Assistant Corporation Counsel, Federal Civil Rights Litigation
  • Chicago, IL

Developed case strategy and manage numerous lawsuits on behalf of the City of Chicago and police officers. Engaged in all aspects of trial and trial strategy, including jury selection, preparing and presenting both lay and expert witnesses, preparing and arguing motions in limine and other trial related motions, and making opening and closing statements.

  • April 2000 – May 2007
  • Senior Litigation Counsel
  • Chicago, IL

Implemented legal strategy to defend insurance, commercial and tort-related litigation matters including errors and omissions, coverage liability, bad faith, unfair practices, fraud and bankruptcy in federal and state courts across the United States. Substantial responsibility in all stages of litigation.

  • March 1998 – April 2000
  • Senior Litigation Associate
  • Chicago, IL

Litigated commercial, real estate and insurance coverage cases in state and federal court. Engaged in all aspects of motion practice, discovery and trial. Conducted internal investigations and represented clients at mediations, arbitrations and trials.

  • May 1995 – February 1998

  • Assistant Corporation Counsel
  • Chicago, IL

Represented the City in commercial, tort and constitutional litigation in federal and state court. Prepared and argued dispositive motions, conducted extensive discovery and participated in arbitration hearings and jury trials. Provided legal counsel to City officials on proposed municipal ordinances, as well as existing city ordinances, policies, procedures and practices.

  • November 1992 – April 1995

  • Associate Attorney
  • Chicago, IL

Responsible for general civil litigation and corporate and insurance defense. Evaluated property damage, personal injury and product liability cases. Engaged in all aspects of motion practice as well as written and oral discovery.

  • June 1991 – October 1992
  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Justice Glenn T. Johnson (deceased)
  • Chicago, IL

  • Nov. 1990 – June 1991

Law Clerk to the Honorable Benjamin Mackoff - Chief Judge, Domestic Relations Division, Chicago, IL


  • Creighton University, Juris Doctor, (1990)
  • University of Santa Clara, Oxford, England – Course Study in Juris Prudence - 1989
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, Bachelor of Journalism, (1983)

Memberships & Community Involvement

  • Black Women Lawyers Association – Past President (1996), Vice President (1994-1996), Parliamentarian (1995), current member in good standing
  • Cook County Bar Association – Board Member (1997-98), Immediate past Chairperson of the Mentoring Committee, current member in good standing
  • Chicago Bar Association – Former Young Lawyers’ Division and Judicial Evaluation Committee Member – current member in good standing
  • Holy Angels Church – Pastoral Council, HIV/AIDS Ministry and ministries to feed the poor and provide learning opportunities for children
  • GAP Community Organization – Advisor to the President & Member of housing and election committees
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Chicago Alumnae Chapter Member
  • Girl Scouts Troop 20208 – Volunteer
  • Friends and Family of South Loop Elementary School
  • Co-Chair of South Loop Elementary School Debate Team
  • LINK, Inc., an organization dedicated to mentoring and financially supporting the education of disadvantaged African American Chicago teens.
  • N.O.B.L.E. – National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officials
  • C.L.U.W – Coalition of Labor Union Women (Chicago Chapter)

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