Recognized and Respected

In 2009-2016 John J. O'Gara received an AV Rating and was named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell.

Judge O’Gara received the Chief Judge Richard A. Hudlin Award from the St. Clair County Bar Association in 2015. The award is given by the Bar Association to an attorney “who most reflects the commitment to service and charity to the people of St. Clair County and epitomizes the best aspects of the legal community in its relationship to the society at large.

John O'Gara received the Faith in the Marketplace Award from the Messenger-the newspaper of the Diocese of Belleville- in 2016, which is awarded “to individuals who could be recognized by their faith and by their ethical behavior in their chosen profession.

Judge O’Gara was named as a Distinguished Alumnus of Althoff Catholic High School in 2016.

Judge John J. O'Gara's acheivements don't end here.
Other accomplishments include:

  • Listed in Chicago Magazine’s Top Attorneys in Illinois, 2009, 2013-2016.
  • Leading Illinois Lawyer Advisory Board from 2003-2016.
  • Named an Illinois Super Lawyer from 2008-09, 2012-2016.