Person of the Year 2022 – nominations open

Chicago Lawyer is now seeking nominations for Person of the Year, highlighting a practicing lawyer, judge or other member of Chicago’s legal community who has made a difference in 2022. This person of impact will be our featured cover story in the December issue.

Nominations are due by end of business Thursday, Sept. 22, and should be sent to John McNally, Chicago Lawyer managing editor, at


Your nominee’s influence should have come within 2022 — this is not a lifetime achievement award, but a recognition of a current newsmaker, trendsetter or legal leader. People who retired or have died during 2022 will be considered, but current practitioners are preferred. Our previous winners include Taft Stettinius & Hollister partner J. Timothy Eaton, who led the Illinois Supreme Court COVID-19 task force, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.


To submit, e-mail with the subject line “Person of the Year.” In no more than 250 words, tell us why you personally think your nominee should be our choice. Links to résumés, bios, recent cases, news stories, pro bono work and other information you think will help us decide can and should be included in addition to the 250-word nomination.