John W. Demling

Hon. John W. Demling (Ret.)

Of Counsel

Hon. John W. Demling (Ret.)

Attorney Bio

The Honorable John W. Demling (Ret.) was appointed as an Associate Judge for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court, DuPage County, Illinois in 1997. He served 21 years, 18 of which were in the Domestic Relations Division. From 2016 through 2017 he served as the Presiding Judge of the division. During his tenure in the Domestic Relations Division he presided over hundreds of divorce trials including custody, relocation and complex financial matters. In 2007 Judge Demling completed the Family Mediation Program presented by The John Paul Jones Group for the Illinois Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment to the bench Judge Demling was the managing attorney for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company’s surety claims office, managing attorneys resolving surety and fidelity claims. Prior to that he was partner in the firm Demling & Eckhardt where he focused on civil litigation, primarily in the area of Mechanics’ Liens.

During his time on the bench Judge Demling was active in continuing legal education, presenting programs to both attorneys and judges. He has been an active lecturer and author for organizations such as Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Illinois State Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association and the Illinois Judicial Educational Conference. His knowledge and ability in resolving or litigating divorce and family law matters has been developed over 40 years as an attorney and judge. Judge Demling’s skill in evaluating and developing cases can assist clients through the complex and often emotional process of divorce.

Practice Areas:

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1977


  • IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law JD 1977
    • Honors
  • Muskingum College BA (Economics) 1974

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Judges Association

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers - 2024
  • Citizen of the Year - Village of Glen Ellyn - 1997
  • Lawyer of the Year - DuPage County Bar Association - 2007
  • Hon. John Powers Crawley Award - Lawyers Assistance Program - 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • Ralph A. Gabric Award for Professional Excellence - DuPage County Bar Association - 2022

Elected and Appointed Offices

  • Chairman - DuPage County Ethics Commission - 2022 - present
  • Commissioner - DuPage County Ethics Commission - 2018 - 2022
  • Director - DuPage Legal Assistance Foundation - 2018 - present
  • Village President - Village of Glen Ellyn - 1993 - 1997
  • Village Trustee - Village of Glen Ellyn - 1989 - 1993
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From our law office in Wheaton, IL the family law and civil litigation law attorneys of Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick and Mirabella, represent businesses and individual clients throughout the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois including Wheaton, Naperville, Oak Brook, Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Lombard, Downers Grove, Burr Ridge, Lisle, Elmhurst, Oakbrook Terrace, Winfield, Woodridge, Warrenville and throughout DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties.

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