Joseph R. Waldeck


"I use my judicial experience, insight and knowledge to help navigate client's complex litigation to achieve the best possible results."


Joseph Waldeck brings nearly 20 years of experience from the bench, previously serving as an Associate Judge in the 19th Circuit in Lake County. During his judicial career, he focused on juvenile, domestic abuse and family law matters.

In addition to serving most of his career in Lake County, he is also a lifelong resident of Lake Forest with long-time family connections to the community. Remaining in the area was very important to Waldeck so he can continue his family’s tradition of dedication and public service. His father, Frank Waldeck, is the oldest living former mayor of the City of Lake Forest. He was raised with a strong sense of community pride and commitment, with both of his parents having sat on numerous boards and committees for the city. His wife, Catherine, currently serves as an alderman for the City of Lake Forest and serves on the Women’s Board of Northwestern/Lake Forest Hospital. Waldeck and his wife both previously served on the board for A Safe Place, a center for battered and abused individuals, and remain actively involved with the organization.

He is a member of the Illinois Judges Association and the Lake County Bar Association, and has presented at several Lake County Bar seminars. During Judge Waldeck’s term as Supervising Judge of Lake County’s Juvenile Court, he served as Chairman of the Lake County Teen Court program.

Waldeck received a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and later earned his J.D. from Lewis University, now Northern Illinois University College of Law. After serving as a felony assistant in the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office, Waldeck entered private practice. He eventually started his own practice where he worked until he was appointed as a Lake County Judge in 1995.

Awards and Honors

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