The Honorable Susan M. Coleman (Ret.) joined Peck Ritchey of Counsel in 2018 and concentrates her practice in estate and trust litigation, and elder law.

Judge Coleman’s career on the bench began in 1997 when she was appointed as an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County. She served in the Juvenile Court and in the Fourth Municipal District, Maybrook. Judge Coleman heard a wide assortment of cases before being assigned to the Probate Division at the Daley Center in 2005, where she presided over decedents’ estates matters. For thirteen years, she supervised the administration of thousands of estates and trusts. She retired from the bench in 2018.
Prior to her time on the bench, Judge Coleman was employed as a trial lawyer in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office and subsequently engaged in private practice in the Western Suburbs of Chicago from 1988 until her judicial appointment.

Peck Ritchey attorneys pride themselves on providing efficient, prompt & courteous service. Our firm is well-known for its aggressive advocacy, expert counseling & successful results.

At Peck Ritchey, you work directly with a highly professional legal team who uses their experience & creativity to provide innovative & successful solutions to meet your personal needs.


Practice Areas

  • Estate and guardianship administration
  • Probate and trust litigation
  • Real estate litigation
  • Fiduciary defense litigation
  • Elder law
  • Estate and special needs planning


  • Loyola School of Law, 1980
  • Loyola University, 1977

Bar Admission

  • Illinois

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Judges Association
  • West Suburban Bar Association
  • Past President - 1999


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