Judge Myron “Mike” Mackoff, an environmental lawyer for the Illinois Attorney General for eight years–trying cases throughout Northern Illinois–was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Circuit Court of Cook County in 2016. After serving briefly in traffic court, he moved to the Domestic Relations division where he presides over cases involving divorce, custody, parenting-time disputes and orders of protection. He is also an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University School of Law.
Judge Mackoff is now running for a full term in Chicago’s 8th Sub-Circuit.
In May 2002 he joined the law firm of Hubert, Fowler, & Quinn, later known as the Hubert Law Group. Working under Donald Hubert, a former president of the Chicago Bar Association, Mike’s civil practice grew to include complex corporate litigation, personal injury matters, tort defense, government representation and professional ethics representation. He advanced quickly, becoming a partner in January 2005. That year he was named by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of “40 Attorneys Under 40 to Watch.”
He worked closely with Mr. Hubert on the defense of a number of multi-million-dollar class-action and civil-rights suits and was given the opportunity to work on several pro-bono projects, including the successful representation of former Negro League baseball players whose baseball careers were being questioned by the Chicago Tribune and the Illinois Attorney General.
After Mr. Hubert’s death, Mike partnered with Travis Richardson (now also a Judge) to form the law firm Richardson and Mackoff. The firm represented individuals, corporations and government entities such as the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. It specialized in trial advocacy, handling both civil and criminal cases. They also represented twelve Chicago Police Officers in five federal jury trials in the course of six months, winning all five cases.
In 2008 Mike Mackoff received an award for Excellence in Pro Bono Work from the Circuit Court of the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Trial Bar, stemming from a civil rights matter he was able to settle for a client who had been through six other court-appointed attorneys. He was repeatedly named a “Super-Lawyer” by Law & Politics and Chicago Magazine.
For the past 23 years he has been a volunteer in the Marine Mammals department at the John G. Shedd Aquarium and for the last 15 years has volunteered with the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago teaching civics to seventh-grade students at various schools.
Judge Mackoff, a graduate of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University Law School, is a member of the Illinois Judges Association (IJA), the Jewish Judges Association, the Illinois Judicial Council (IJC), Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, the Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) and Chicago Bar Association (CBA).