Judge Michael W. Reidy Profile
(From the October 2017 Issue)
On March 31, 2017, the Circuit Court of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit appointed Michael W. Reidy as associate judge to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William Ferguson. Judge Reidy has spent his life serving others, both in his career and in his personal life. Judge Reidy currently serves as associate judge and is assigned to traffic matters and misdemeanors in the Downers Grove Field Court located at the American Legion Post #80.
Judge Reidy grew up with his father, an attorney, as his role model. When asked what he learned from his father that made him want to be an attorney, Judge Reidy recalled, “My father treated everyone fairly, and everyone respected him, even his adversaries. He instilled in me the idea of helping people, whether you are serving the prosecution or the defense.” When asked why he wanted to be an attorney, Judge Reidy answered, “I wanted a job where I could help people; it’s as simple as that.”
Judge Reidy has helped people by serving the legal community since his graduation in 1996 from DePaul University, College of Law. He served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office from 1997 to 2006, where his fondest memories include helping victims and protecting abused minors. He later served as First Assistant State’s Attorney for the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office from 2006 to 2010, where he gained invaluable experience by trying nearly 500 cases to verdict. Judge Reidy fondly recalled “falling in love with criminal law” during that time.
After working for the State’s Attorney’s Office, Judge Reidy gained experience from the criminal defense perspective as a Partner with Martin, Kent & Reidy from 2010 to 2012, and as of Counsel with Marquardt & Belmonte since 2012. Service is important to Judge Reidy as evidenced by his lengthy history of legal volunteering. In the past, he has served as a member of the Capital Litigation Trial Bar, the Mutual Ground Advisory Board on Criminal Sexual Assaults, the Illinois Child Death Review Team, the Sixteenth Circuit Family Violence and Elder Abuse Committee, the Kendall County Arson Task Force, the Kendall County Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Judge Reidy has further served on the Sixteenth Circuit Judicial Evaluation Committee, has authored and presented training seminars for local area law enforcement, trained Kendall County Children's Advocacy Center Investigators on interviewing techniques for children, and has given talks to local area students on a variety of legal topics. In 2008,he served as President of the Kendall County Bar Association, and is an active member of the DuPage County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.
In his spare time, Judge Reidy volunteers as a Resource Council Member with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and as a member of the Make a Wish Foundation, where he personally meets with terminally ill children to help make their dreams come true. In addition to his service and volunteering, Judge Reidy has always enjoyed sports and the outdoors, beginning with serving as captain of his high school football team at Marist High School and then playing rugby at the University of Wisconsin. Here, Judge Reidy vehemently interjected, “Go Badgers!”
Judge Reidy also showed his adventurous side with hot air ballooning, white water rafting, zip-lining, triathlons, and an Ironman Competition. When asked about his love of nature Judge Reidy quipped, “I wear a suit and tie to work, so in my free time, I love being outdoors.”
Judge Reidy is looking forward to serving the DuPage community as associate judge. He believes that the duty of a judge is to uphold and defend the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Illinois and to ensure that each person's rights are protected. When asked about his goals as associate judge, Judge Reidy shared, “I want to give everyone an opportunity to be heard and to ensure, to the best of my ability, that justice is done.” In response to the question about what he hopes people will say about him as associate judge, Judge Reidy answered, “I hope that people will say that I was fair and that I allowed everyone to be heard.” His best advice for attorneys appearing before him is to always be prepared and respect everyone, including the opposing party.
In additional to his service in his legal career and volunteering, Judge Reidy is father to two wonderful daughters, Maddy and Avery. When asked about fatherhood, Judge Reidy’s smile grew until it permeated his chambers. “Being a father is challenging and rewarding at the same time. My girls make me smile every day, but they also give me some gray hairs.”