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Attorney Clayton Jay Crane

Attorney Clayton Jay Crane: A Former Cook County Judge Who Advocates For Victims

Clayton Jay Crane joined Coplan & Crane after nearly 20 years as a trial judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County. During his time on the bench, Judge Crane presided over more than 1,000 jury and bench trials.

Judge Crane received a B.A. in Economics from Fairfield University in 1968 and then joined the United States Marines. His tour with the Marines ended in 1975, at which time he was a Platoon Sergeant in a military police unit. Judge Crane graduated from Hamline University Law School in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1975. He was then sworn in as an Assistant State's Attorney for Cook County, Illinois. In 1979, he was a founding partner of Berkley & Crane, practicing in general law. He served 12 years as the Village Attorney of Streamwood, Illinois, and was also the Streamwood Village prosecutor for 15 years.

In 1996, Judge Crane was elected Circuit Court Judge. He spent his first year as a Judge in Traffic Court, then was transferred to the Criminal Division at 26th & California, where he remained until he retired. He presided over many high-profile trials, and was highly regarded by his peers on the bench as well as the attorneys who appeared in his courtroom.

Judge Crane resides in Elgin, Illinois. He is a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist, which is also the school all three of his children attended, and where three of his grandchildren now attend.