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ATG’s Peter J. Birnbaum Reappointed as Chief Justice of the Illinois Court of Claims

Eleven-year-old Madeline Birnbaum sits with her father, Illinois Court of Claims Chief Justice Peter Birnbaum, in the Illinois Senate Chambers during the confirmation of his appointment by Governor Bruce Rauner. Governor Bruce Rauner has reappointed Peter J. Birnbaum to a six-year term on the Illinois Court of Claims. Birnbaum, a judge on the Court since 2004 and Chief Justice since 2015, retains his role as president and CEO of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. (ATG®,

The Illinois Court of Claims was established by the legislature in 1889 as a forum of limited jurisdiction to render decisions on monetary claims and lawsuits against the state. Birnbaum is one of seven judges on the Court of Claims. They are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Illinois Senate. “I am honored by Governor Rauner’s continuing confidence in me to lead and serve on a court that plays an integral role in determining the rights and responsibilities of the state and its citizens,” Birnbaum said.

During his tenure, Birnbaum has provided leadership for the court in a number of areas, for example, cases involving soldiers killed in the line of duty. He also has authored several significant opinions including a case involving a State Trooper who killed two young girls while he was texting and driving at reckless speeds.

In October 2015, Birnbaum received the Justice John Paul Stevens Award from the Chicago Bar Association. In October 2014, the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, presented its 16th Annual Distinguished Award for Excellence to Birnbaum. In 2011, he was inducted as a laureate in the Academy of Illinois Lawyers, the highest honor bestowed by the Illinois State Bar Association, for his lifetime of service to the public and the profession.

A past president of the alumni board and current member of the board of overseers for the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Birnbaum was honored with a Distinguished Service Award from the college in 2004. In 2013, he was named one of the college’s 125 Alumni of Distinction over its 125-year history for his outstanding professional and community service achievements. He was elected to the board of the American Land Title Association in 2009 and currently serves as treasurer.

Birnbaum joined ATG in 1981 and was named president and CEO in 1991. Founded in 1964, ATG has evolved under Birnbaum’s leadership into a family of companies offering a broad spectrum of services to nearly 4,000 lawyers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. He lives in Chicago with his wife Juliet and children Madeline, Ben and Lucy.

About Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.

Through its nearly 4,000 member attorneys across Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana, ATG has presided over more than three million home closings and provided homebuyers with competitively priced title insurance since 1964. The only Bar-Related® title insurance company based in Illinois, ATG has built a significant market share by providing excellent service at competitive prices. It has been assigned a Financial Stability  Rating® (FSR) of A′ (A Prime),Unsurpassed, by the independent ratings bureau, Demotech, Inc. In addition, ATG has a Claims-Paying Ability Rating of A- from the Kroll Bond Rating Agency February 2016 report, Financial Institutions: Title Insurance Rating Report. For more information, see In addition to title insurance, ATG offers other law and housing-related services through its subsidiary companies. For more information, visit

Posted on March 22, 2016 by Morgan Yingst
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