About Judge Paul M. Fullerton
In October 2007, Paul M. Fullerton was appointed by the Circuit Judges in DuPage County to serve as an Associate Judge in the 18th Judicial Circuit. Over that seven (7) year time period, Paul served in the Criminal Misdemeanor Division (Traffic Court), the Chancery Division (Foreclosures and Evictions) and the Law Division (Small Claims – civil lawsuits involving $5,000 to $10,000 in damages).
On January 1, 2015, Paul was appointed by a unanimous vote of the Illinois Supreme Court to a full Circuit Judicial assignment in DuPage. As a full Circuit Judge, Paul currently sits in the Chancery Division. Paul presides over all Probate, Guardianship, Tax Objection, Tax Deed, Mental Health and Adoption matters that are filed in DuPage County. Paul also presides over one-third (1/3) of all of the Civil Asset and Car Forfieture cases that are filed in DuPage. Additionally, Paul hears a number of general Chancery cases that come before him due to reassignment from other judges.
Judicial Bar Rating
The Illinois State Bar Association and the DuPage County Bar Association provide judicial ratings. These ratings are generated from attorney surveys and rate the Integrity, Impartiality, Legal Ability, Temperament, Court Management, Health and Sensitivity of each judge. On a scale where a 100% comprises a perfect score, Paul’s most recent judicial rating is 98.53%.
Prior to becoming a Judge, Paul worked as an attorney in private practice for 17 years. In 1997, Paul began working at the Wheaton law firm, Clingen Callow & McLean, LLC, a general civil practice firm founded in 1996. From 2001 until Paul’s appointment to the Judiciary, Paul was a Partner in the firm. As a Partner in the firm, Paul had the unique experience of acting as a small business owner while, at the same time, providing legal services to the firm’s client base, the majority of which were small to mid-size business owners. Paul’s career in private practice also included working at two (2) large civil practice firms based in Chicago and with offices throughout the country.
During the time Paul was in private practice, Paul also served as a Commissioner for the Wheaton Park District. Paul served as a Commissioner for eight (8) years, from 1999 to 2007. He served as Vice-President from 2003 to 2005 and as Board President from 2006 to 2007.
Paul received his Juris Doctorate Degree when he graduated, cum laude, from The John Marshall Law School. Paul attended law school at night, while working full time at the Clausen Miller law firm in Chicago. Paul received his undergraduate degree in 1981 from Northern Illinois University.
Paul has resided in Wheaton since 1989. Paul lives in Wheaton with his wife, Carrie, and their four (4) children, Mike, Laney, Zach and Kylie.