About Joel

A respected attorney with 35 years of legal experience, Joel Chupack has been given positive evaluations by every bar association which has reviewed his credentials to serve as our community’s Judge.

The Chicago Bar Association, in giving him its rare “Highly Qualified” rating, noted “Mr. Chupack has extensive practice experience and is highly regarded for his knowledge of the law, legal scholarship, legal ability, and excellent temperament”. The Chicago Council of Lawyers stated “he is considered to have good legal ability and is reported to be very knowledgeable about his areas of practice.” The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) noted that Joel is “considered to be very intelligent, a good researcher, and a patient person with high integrity.”

Joel was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1982 and is currently a partner in the private practice firm of Heinrich & Kramer P.C. with an emphasis in real estate, probate and civil litigation. Chupack has litigated and had trials in virtually every division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, the largest unified court system in the United States. He has experience with both bench and jury trials as well as appeals.

Chupack has represented clients in a variety of important matters -- evictions and mortgage foreclosures; personal injury and property damage; probate, adoption and guardianship matters; divorce and post-decree matters; condominium litigation; and misdemeanors and traffic violations. He also practices in Federal District Court, where he is a member of the Federal Trial Bar.

As a commercial arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, Joel has significant quasi-judicial experience. Over the past 20 years he has presided over 200 arbitrations, ranging in scope from less than $10,000 to over $20,000,000, and he is a member of the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association. As an indicator of his commitment to fairness, none of his awards has ever been overturned.

Joel also believes in giving back to the community. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars; helping local attorneys stay up to date on important legal and ethical issues. As a Member of the ISBA Real Estate Section Council, he has worked on important legislation to ensure that the laws governing condominium associations and condominium owners are fair. As a Member of its Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, he worked to ensure that Cook County residents were not taken advantage of by those unethically posing as lawyers.

As a past President of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, the leading Jewish lawyers’ association, he assisted the group’s philanthropic and social justice mission. He has published numerous articles on topics important to preserving a fair justice system.

Joel and his wife Sarah have three children. Their son Matthew is a sophomore at Glenbrook North High School and on its debate team and student newspaper (The Torch). Their twin girls, Shira and Alana, are freshman at Glenbrook North. Shira is an active dancer. Alana is on the track team and has a bearded dragon as a pet. They both want to follow in their mother's footsteps and become teachers.