Ben Braun

During his eleven years as a judge, Ben Braun has presided over more than 100 jury trials of criminal cases and more than 1000 bench trials and hearings in criminal and civil cases.

He has established a reputation for consistency, fairness and legally-sound rulings. Lawyers describe him as efficient, tough, and fair.

Ben is known for following the law, conducting a fair trial, and reaching the right decision.

His approval rating among the lawyers who practice before him – prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the civil practice bar – is over 95%.

He is one of Will County’s highest rated judges.

Ben has successfully completed assignments in important courtrooms: Felony bond court, domestic violence and orders of protection courtrooms, DUI and misdemeanor trial courtrooms, the family law division hearing divorce and child custody trials, paternity, housing and ordinance code violations, and landlord-tenant matters.

He has shown he can be counted on to be fair. Because of his extensive experience as a judge, the Illinois Supreme Court’s judicial education committee selected Judge Braun multiple times to help teach other judges how to manage a courtroom and conduct trials.

Ben was an accomplished attorney when Will County’s Circuit Court judges appointed him to the bench in 2006. He specialized in family law and appellate practice, and argued over 40 cases in Illinois’ appellate courts.

Ben practiced law for almost two decades, first as an associate and later a partner in the Joliet firm of Stefanich, McGarry, Wols, Okrei and Braun. He started and ran his own firm as well.

He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois and Stetson University.

Ben  also is a leader in the community.

While a practitioner, he served on the board of Will County’s Legal Assistance Program, and was named by that organization as its Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.

He served as a board member and board president of Lifeworks Chemical Dependency Centers, a Joliet and Bolingbrook program which provided outpatient drug and alcohol treatment to Will County residents.

Ben was a member of his religious congregation’s board for ten years, ultimately serving as vice-president.

He also was an elected Republican precinct committeeman, resigning the position upon becoming a judge.

Ben coached youth baseball for eight years, and regularly presents programs in Will County schools and community organizations on drug and alcohol awareness, the legal system, and current issues in the law.

Ben and his wife Wendy have been married for 23 years and are the parents of two college students.

Ben and Wendy have lived in Will County for 25 years, the last 14 in Frankfort.

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