Hon. Ann Callis

Professional Experience:

Ann Callis was the first woman Circuit Judge in Madison County, Illinois and was the first woman Chief Judge in Madison County, where she served for 18 years. She has served in every division in the 3rd Circuit Court where she presided over hundreds of jury and non-jury trials including complex litigation, environmental, personal injury, professional negligence (legal and medical), and many varieties of criminal cases. In addition to handling a full civil docket, Judge Callis was instrumental in creating the nationally recognized Veterans Treatment Court, the Mandatory Foreclosure Mediation Program and the Mandatory Mediation Program in Malpractice cases.

Judge Callis was appointed to the Special Supreme Court Committee for Mental Health, where she helped educate judges in the State of Illinois on problem-solving courts and was also appointed to the Illinois Education Conference (Technology Committee) as well as the Electronic Access Committee. She has also received many awards and recognition for her community service including an Achievement Award from the Alton Branch of the NACCP, the Coalition of Concerned Citizens of Alton Chairman Award (for promoting Justice for All), the Community Counseling Center Mental Health Hero and an award from the St. Clair/ Monroe Counties Salute for Protecting the Children from the Storms of Life.

Judge Callis obtained her B.A. Magna Cum Laude from St. Louis University in 1987, and went on to earn her law degree from there in 1990.  She also completed a public managers program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard College.  She is currently a partner with the Edwardsville, IL.  firm of Goldenberg, Heller & Antognoli, P.C.  concentrating her practice on mass torts and commercial litigation.

Education:

B.S., St. Louis University, 1987

J.D., St. Louis University, 1990

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