Timothy Carter

Found Qualified/Recommended

by ALL Reviewing Bar Associations


Tim Carter is a life-long resident of the Chicago area, living in Northfield with his wife and four children. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from DePaul University in 1992, earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and membership to the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society.


Tim earned his Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in 1995. During law school, Tim was named Associate Justice of the Moot Court Honors Board and competed in Moot Court competitions. Tim continues to mentor law students by judging Moot Court competitions at The John Marshall Law School and guiding high school students participating in mock trial invitationals. 

Tim is a founding member and past president of The Northfield Bar Association. In his free time, he enjoys sailing, scuba diving, biking, traveling, and reading.


Tim has litigated over 70 jury trials, in addition to thousands of motions and bench trials, in a distinguished career spanning over 24 years as an attorney.

After being admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1995, Tim began his lifetime of public service by working as an Assistant State's Attorney with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.  He served the community for over 16 years, spending the majority of his career in the office in the Felony Trial Division.  As a first chair, he supervised over 300 felony cases, including a personal caseload of 40 murder case files, while mentoring younger  assistants.  In 2004, Tim was admitted to the Capital Litigation Trial Bar as Lead Counsel. 

In 2012, Tim opened his own law practice, specializing in Criminal Defense.  Tim protects the rights of the accused and represents the community by defending individuals charged with crimes ranging from traffic offenses to first-degree murder. Tim also engages in Civil Practice:  Appointed by the Presiding Judge of the George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse located at 2650 South California, Tim represents individuals with severe mental health concerns facing involuntary civil commitment. Tim provides a voice for the abused and seeks civil orders of protection and stalking/no-contact orders on behalf of his clients and will often represent victims pursuant to Marsy’s Law.

Tim has dedicated his professional life to helping others in need, providing skillful legal representation and advocating for others who are often troubled, struggling, or unfamiliar with the judicial system. 


Qualified. Honest. Fair.

Tim’s vast courtroom experience, coupled with his keen sense of perception and his desire to help others, makes him an excellent candidate for the judiciary.


Tim believes that a fair judge is someone who can listen without bias, weigh the evidence, examine the credibility of the witnesses and render a decision that is just. Tim brings his experience, integrity, and dedication to the bench and ensures that upon election as Judge for the 9th Judicial Subcircuit of Cook County,  the public will trust and have faith in their judicial system.