Diane Shelley

Hon. Diane Shelley


Judge Diane Shelley was elected judge from Cook County’s 5th Judicial Subcircuit in 2006 after practicing law for approximately twenty-five years. She was retained in 2012 and 2018.

Immediately prior to becoming judge, she headed litigation at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.  She conducted over a hundred municipal jury trials before being assigned to the Law Division Jury Trial Section. She is presently assigned to an individual commercial calendar handling complex commercial litigation from inception through trial.

Judge Shelley is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in political science and a minor in economics, and a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law where she received a Reginald Hebert Smith Fellowship. She began her legal career at Florida Rural Legal Services working with migrant workers.

Judge Shelley is the former President of the Illinois Judges Association and former Chair of the Illinois Judicial Council. She is also a member of the Special Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Justice and Mental Health Planning.

Judge Shelley began her appointment to the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in 2018.