Bradford A. Rau
Republican candidate for Moultrie County Resident Circuit Judge district)
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Please submit an essay that explains your legal background, why you are qualified for this position and why you seek this position.
My work history is what sets me apart from the other candidate for Moultrie County Resident Circuit Judge.
Between 1983 and 1987 I was in private practice in Springfield and Sullivan. In July 1987 I took a position with the Macon County State's Attorney Office. I started out in the juvenile division handling delinquency cases. The juvenile cases in Macon County tended to be quite serious, including felony cases such as armed robbery and attempted murder.
Shortly thereafter I moved to the misdemeanor and traffic division. Soon, I started handling minor felony cases. Within a year, I moved up to prosecuting more serious criminal cases, including first degree murder, armed robbery, sexual assault and drug cases. The last 4-5 years as an Assistant State's Attorney in Macon County I prosecuted all of the major drug cases, including offenses such as narcotics racketeering, cannabis trafficking, Class X and Class 1 drug delivery /possession cases. During my time as a prosecutor I tried at least 7 murder jury trials and approximately 75 jury trials in total, many of which involved complex litigation. I recall one instance where I tried five Class X cases in a 6 day span (these are the highest class type of crime, other than first degree murder).
When I left Macon County State's Attorney Office in February 1997, I took a position as a part-time felony public defender in Macon County. I handled several hundred felony cases a year, including jury trials, bench trials, probation violations and sentencing hearings.
I was defense counsel in 7 or more murder trials, at least 2 of which were death penalty cases. Over the years I was defense counsel at upwards of 50 jury trials. During this same time frame, I was a partner in a Decatur law firm. My firm handled a wide range of cases, both civil and criminal. Much of my practice involved divorce, child custody, post-marital matters and orders of protection. Between 2002 and 2006 my former firm maintained a satellite office in Sullivan In 2006, I left the Decatur law firm and opened a private practice in Sullivan, Illinois, as a sole practitioner.
I maintained my solo practice from 2006 to 2011. In 2011, I opened a law firm in Sullivan where I took over the management of two other attorneys and a rather extensive new practice, and the support staff. Between 1997 and 2017 I estimate that I have handled somewhere between 250-300 divorce cases and 100 post-marital proceedings.
I have handled 50 plus orders of protection (for both Petitioner and Respondent), more than 20 custody trials and over 50 family cases. In all of the family cases, multiple post-marital matters and at least 50% of the divorces-child custody and/or visitation was an issue. In 2009 I expanded my practice to include real estate work, estate planning and probate.
I have also represented several local businesses. I estimate I have probated approximately 50 estates and handled 50-100 real estate transactions. I have written title insurance policies and handled the sale of multiple businesses. I have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous small claims cases.
I prepared 100+ evictions for landlords along with preparing and reviewing farm leases. During my career I have prepared hundreds of wills, powers of attorney and trusts. Included in my experience were a couple of very complex family settlement agreements to facilitate the smooth transition of farmland between families. I have enjoyed serving Moultrie County as Resident Circuit Judge since my appointment to that position in April 2017 and look forward to continuing to serve Moultrie County in that capacity in the future.
Tell us something we would be surprised to learn about you.
I relax by spending a lot of time gardening. I have a large vegetable garden at my home and spend many hours in the garden during the spring and summer. My wife and I can or freeze a lot of our produce and we enjoy sharing the produce with our friends and neighbors.
Candidates for Moultrie County Resident Circuit Judge district)
- Bradford A. Rau (No survey)
- James Richey (No survey)