Justice Robert Thomas

Justice Robert Thomas (Ret.)

IL Supreme Court Liaison

After his election to the Illinois Supreme Court in 2000, five years later Justice Robert Thomas had the distinction of being elected by his colleagues on the Illinois Supreme Court to serve a four-year term as Chief Justice, the first Chief Justice from DuPage County in the Court’s nearly 200-year history. And in 2010, the public voted to retain him as a member of the court.

Justice Thomas began his career as a civil litigation attorney, where he served until 1988, when he was elected Circuit Court Judge in DuPage County. There, he presided over civil jury trials and was appointed Acting Chief Judge in 1989. 1994 saw Judge Thomas elected to the Appellate Court Second Judicial District; 1996 induction into the Academic All-American Hall of Fame, and in 1999 Robert became a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.

One of the major accomplishments during Justice Thomas’ tenure as Chief Justice was recommending to the Supreme Court the establishment of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, an outgrowth of the Committee on Civility that was created by the Court in 2001.

Justice Robert R. Thomas retired from the Illinois Supreme Court effective Feb. 29, 2020, and has since joined the Power Rogers law firm where he practices with his son.

Justice Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. degree from Loyola University School of Law.

Justice Robert Thomas is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association and presently serves as a Supreme Court liaison to the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.