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Henry "Skip" Tonigan

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Retiring in 2007 after serving over 23 years as a judge, Henry “Skip” Tonigan continues to serve in the field of dispute resolution as a mediator and arbitrator. Besides serving as a mediator in major civil litigation, Judge Tonigan also has been selected as sole arbitrator and neutral arbitrator in insurance cases. His extensive litigation experience will assist Kelleher & Buckley’s clients in probate and corporate cases. Judge Tonigan will also assist the firm’s clients in the field of property tax appeal, real estate and corporate practice, criminal, traffic, and governmental law.


A Barrington resident for over 45 years, Judge Tonigan has served on numerous community boards and sports organizations. Active in local and state masonic organizations, Judge Tonigan is an Honorary 33 Degree Scottish Rite Mason, and served on the Valley of Chicago Cathedral Board of Directors.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Mediator Civil Cases in Lake, McHenry & Cook Counties
  • Administrative Hearing Officer for Municipalities and Special Districts
  • Guardian Ad Litem – Probate – 19th Judicial Circuit (Lake) and 22nd Judicial Circuit (McHenry)
  • Ela Township Attorney

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    J.D. – 1975
  • Cornell College
    B.A. – 1972

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois Judges Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, ADR Committee (2009-2011)
  • Lake County Bar Association, Member, Civil & Appeal Committee
  • Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Evaluation Committee Facilitator

Past Employment Positions

  • 19th Judicial Circuit, Lake & McHenry, Judge, 1983 – 2007
  • Lake & McHenry, Law Division , Presiding Judge, 2000 – 2006
  • 19th Circuit, Lake & McHenry, Chief Judge, 1998 – 2000
  • Lake & McHenry, Law Division , Presiding Judge, 1996 – 1998
  • Lake & McHenry, Felony Division, Presiding Judge, 1992 – 1996
  • Lake & McHenry, Felony Division, Presiding Judge, 1990 – 1992
  • Donald T. Morrison & Associates, Waukegan, Illinois, Trial Attorney, 1976 – 1983
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