Democrat, 10th Judicial Subcircuit, Cook County

Experience/Background

Katherine A. O’Dell is a Democratic candidate for Judge in the 10th Judicial Subcircuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County (northwest corner of the city neighboring the western suburbs of Maine Township, Niles, Northfield, Norwood Park, etc.).  She is the senior associate with The Law Offices of Amari & Locallo that handles, exclusively, ad valorem real estate tax matters, locally and nationally. These matters include filing real estate tax protests at the local Assessor’s Offices and Boards of Review.  Katherine also handles various related real estate tax matters including back tax and tax sale issues, incentives, and all litigation aspects of the practice.

Katherine graduated from The John Marshall Law School in 2000 where she served as the President of The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association (2009-2010).  The Alumni Association also awarded her The Distinguished Service Award in May of 2006 and its Board of Trustees awarded her its prestigious Spirit Award (2011).  Katherine received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University.  She attended high school at Regina Dominican in Wilmette and attended grammar school at Queen of All Saints, located in Chicago’s 39th Ward.

Katherine began her legal career at The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in the Real Estate Tax Department of the Civil Division.  She defended cases for the Cook County Treasurer’s Office, the Cook County Clerk’s Office, the Cook County Board of Review and the Cook County Assessor’s Office including Specific Objection lawsuits, Property Tax Appeal Board cases, Indemnity lawsuits as well as tax sale and tax deed matters.

Katherine is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, serving her third elected term as a member of the ISBA General Assembly (its supreme governing legislative body).  She is also past president of the Justinian Society of Lawyers (2011-2012).  Katherine is also the associate editor of the Justinian Society Newsletter and serves on its Executive Committee. She also is First Vice President of the Sicilian American Cultural Association. 

In 2007, Katherine was selected by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch.”

Katherine is married to Jay E. O’Dell.  They live in Chicago’s 41st Ward and are proud parents of Jason, age 6.  Katherine has lived in the 10th Judicial Subcircuit since 1978.

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