O’Malley is a private attorney who handles criminal defense and bankruptcy cases. According to his professional website, he takes cases all over the Chicago suburbs and is based in Schaumburg. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary in March.
Bar Association ratings: Negative
The CCL, the CBA, and the ISBA rated O’Malley not recommended because he did not participate in the evaluations process. O’Malley declined to comment on his ratings.
Notable: O’Malley ran for a judicial seat in Will County under the name Phillip Spiwak in 2010. In 2012 he formally changed his name to the Irish-sounding Shannon P. O’Malley, a decades-old strategy in Cook County used to curry favor with voters. O’Malley declined to comment about the name change to Injustice Watch, but told NBC News that it was not done to win extra votes.
Survey response: The candidate did not return answers to an Injustice Watch questionnaire.