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In July, 2010 Perry retired as the Senior Judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, IL.

In November 1996, Perry was elected Circuit Court Judge for DuPage County, Illinois and was retained as Judge in 2002 and 2008. Perry was assigned to the Felony Division.

In August, 1995, Perry was appointed Circuit Court Judge for DuPage County, Illinois.

In April 1992, Perry was appointed Presiding Judge of the combined Misdemeanor, DUI and Traffic Divisions for DuPage County, Illinois, which consisted of ten (10) Judges.

In April 1988, Perry was appointed Presiding Judge of the Traffic Division and was also appointed a Member of the Executive Committee of the Courts.

In August, 1987 Perry was appointed Associate Judge for DuPage County, IL.

Perry has been Speaker to the Illinois State Bar Association and the DuPage County Bar Association.

Perry is one of a handful of Illinois Judges appointed and trained as a Trainer of Trainers in the area of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Treatment and Sentencing Issues.

In 2007 Perry was one of two Illinois Judges appointed to Secretary of State Jesse White’s Task Force on teenage driving.


Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 25%
  2. Federal Crime: 25%
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
  4. Criminal Defense: 25%



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  • Donald John Ramsell

    I highly recommend Perry Thompson for any criminal traffic or DUI matter in northern Illinois. He is a former Judge and is highly respected by attorneys throughout Illinois. I am proud that he has joined my firm as 'of counsel'.


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Ramsell and Associates, LLC

128 S. County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL, 60187-2400


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197511/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Circuit Court JudgeEighteenth Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, IL. (elected)1996 - 2010
Circuit Court JudgeDuPage County Circuit Court (appointed)1995 - 1996
JudgePresiding Judge, DuPage County, IL (appointed)1992 - 1995
JudgePresiding Judge, DuPage County, IL (appointed)1988 - 1992
JudgeAssociated Judge, DuPage County, IL (appointed)1987 - 1988
AttorneyLaw Office of Perry Thompson1979 - 1987
Deputy Public DefenderDuPage County Public Defender1978 - 1985
Assistant State's AttorneyDuPage Counrty States Attorney1976 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois Judges AssociationMember1987 - 2010
DuPage County Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Northwestern University School of LawAwarded Fellowship in the Master’s ProgramJD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA1975
Kenyon CollegePolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
illinois judges conference till 2005dui law etc1996
illinois judges conferencedui law and procedure;sentencing1995