David P. Sterba
First District, 3rd Division
Justice David P. Sterba was born in Chicago on September 27, 1957. He is a 1984 graduate of The John Marshall Law School and a 1979 graduate of Saint Xavier University. From 1985 to 1990, Justice Sterba served as an assistant state's attorney in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. In 1990, he founded the Law Offices of David P. Sterba, concentrating in criminal defense and personal injury matters.
In 1996, Justice Sterba was elected circuit judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. For over a decade he served in the felony trial division of the Fifth Municipal District, where he presided over hundreds of felony bench and jury trials, including capital murder jury trials. In 2008, Justice Sterba was appointed Acting Presiding Judge of the Fifth Municipal District, and in 2009 he was appointed Presiding Judge. In that capacity, he supervised 24 judges and oversaw the court operations for 35 municipalities. On April 15, 2011, the Illinois Supreme Court assigned him to the Illinois Appellate Court, First District.
From 1994 to 1996, Justice Sterba was a member of the adjunct faculty at Moraine Valley Community College, teaching business law and criminal law. From 2009 to present, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at The John Marshall Law School. He has also served as a judge and evaluator for the National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition. Justice Sterba is married to Patricia and they have three children, Lisa, Ashley and Brian.