Judge Joshua J. Dieden
(From the April 2017 Issue)
Newly appointed Associate Judge Joshua Dieden is a home grown product of DuPage County, having grown up in Villa Park. From the start, he was active in elementary and high school sports while attending Willowbrook High School. He excelled in cross country, basketball and baseball.
Josh’s father passed away while he was in high school. The tragedy made Josh more resilient, responsible, and independent. He credits the love, support, and dedication of his mother as seeing him and his two sisters through the loss and for successfully navigating life moving forward.
After high school, Josh attended the University of Illinois where he majored in history and minored in sociology. He was a proud member of the fraternity Delta Tau Delta (“The Delts”) in Champaign. During the summers, in order to pay for his education, he worked at various jobs as a warehouse worker, a bar manager and a bouncer at a local establishment in Champaign. Judging by Josh’s physique, it is very clear that he would have done an excellent job as a bouncer.
At the University of Illinois, he met the love of his life and wife of 17 years. They have three children. Josh is very involved in his children’s lives and he makes it a point to be involved in all of their academic and recreational activities. He has volunteered as a coach for the Wheaton Park District, coaching each of his children. His children lead active lives, participating in travel hockey and karate.
After graduating from the University of Illinois, Josh applied for and was accepted to DePaul University’s Law School. He graduated from DePaul in 1998. During law school, he served as a law clerk at the State’s Attorney’s Office in DuPage County. There, he met Justice Joseph Birkett who hired Josh as a prosecutor after he passed the bar exam. He worked at the State’s Attorney’s office from 1998 to 2006. Aside from Justice Birkett, he worked under such mentors as Joseph Ruggiero, Timothy Diamond, Judge Alexander McGimpsey, Judge Paul Marchese, and many others. He also benefited by practicing in front of a variety of judges such as Justice Michael Burke and Chief Judge Kathryn Creswell. He is very grateful to all of these individuals for their assistance, encouragement and guidance during the time that he was at the State’s Attorney’s office. During that time, he tried approximately 30 jury trials. In 2006, he became associated with a wellknown and respected attorney, Rick Kayne. He credits Mr. Kayne for giving him a broad perspective on the practice of law. For the past ten years that he has been in private practice, he has come to understand the challenge of running a business on a day to day basis. He also learned to appreciate the stresses that some of his clients and their families have with various social and economic problems that they experience in modern day society. He states that working with Mr. Kayne has been a wonderful and rewarding experience and counts him as a loyal friend.
On January 3, 2016, Josh was sworn in as an associate judge with his family present. He has been assigned to the Glendale Heights Traffic Court. He will use the principles of hard work, integrity and humility that he has followed his entire life to serve the citizens of DuPage County as an Associate Judge. He is motivated to make a difference for the citizens of DuPage County by doing the right thing. His vocation was to practice law but his avocation has always been to be a judge.
On behalf of the DuPage County Bar Association, I congratulate Judge Joshua Dieden on his appointment to the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit and look forward to working with him as a jurist and fellow lawyer.