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Malone appointed presiding judge over probate

Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans today appointed Honorable Daniel B. Malone to serve as the Acting Presiding Judge of the court’s Probate Division. The appointment is effective today.

Judge Malone became a circuit judge in 2009. He initially served in the First Municipal District and has served in the Probate Division since 2013. In the Probate Division, he has heard cases involving decedent’s estates and guardianship matters involving minors and individuals with disabilities.

“In his decade on the bench, Judge Malone has been known to be prompt, efficient, fair and courteous. He handles matters involving some of our most vulnerable residents, and he does it with a level of professionalism that is appreciated by the litigants and attorneys who appear before him,” Chief Judge Evans said.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Malone practiced law at the Healy Law Firm from 1986 to 2009. He became a partner there in 2001. He represented plaintiffs in personal-injury matters, including construction, workers’ compensation, product liability and medical negligence cases. He received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1986 and earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1979.

As Acting Presiding Judge, he will oversee the judges, administrative support staff and all court operations in the Probate Division.

Judge Malone succeeds Presiding Judge Mary Ellen Coghlan, who the Illinois Supreme Court assigned to the Illinois Appellate Court, effective July 30, 2019.

“Judge Coghlan has been a guiding light for judges in the Probate Division since she became Presiding Judge in 2010,” Chief Judge Evans said. “She truly cares about justice and the cases that come before the court. I thank her for her service to the Circuit Court of Cook County and congratulate her on the assignment to the Illinois Appellate Court.”


  • Stephanie Reed

    September 10, 2020

    I would like to meet Judge Malone and would love for him to hear our case regarding my kids father who passed away his money was taken from his account and we tried to go the right way doing a small estate avadiavit and death Certificate soon as he passed away the next day they went and took his money out the atm didn’t go inside the bank because they knew the bank wouldn’t let them get his money,wrote a check as if he sign it 2 days before he pass and not his handwriting he was alive on that day and I have proof of his handwriting.It wasn’t fair for them to take his money out his personal checking he has a family children he left here and I hope we can find justice and get his money back hope he can hear our story and help us out


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