Chris Dearth has joined the Grundy County State’s Attorney’s office as an assistant state’s attorney. Dearth’s duties, State’s Attorney Jason Helland announced, will include working in the juvenile, traffic, and misdemeanor divisions.
Dearth has strong roots to the community and is a fourth-generation family member of Grundy County whose family owns and operates a number of construction companies located in and around the county. Chris is the son of Mike and Terri Dearth of Coal City, and graduated from Coal City High School in 2003.
He graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2007, with a bachelor’s of science degree in business finance. Dearth earned his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2011, and has been licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois since Nov. 10, 2011.
Dearth previously worked as an associate attorney at Hynds, Rooks, Yohnka & Bzdill, and brings a diverse range of knowledge to the office. In addition, Dearth has previously served as a Supreme Court Rule 711 attorney at the Grundy County State’s Attorney’s Office and has been appointed special prosecutor for criminal cases in which the state’s attorney’s office had a conflict of interest.
Dearth has also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert Marsaglia and Honorable Lance Peterson in 2009.
He is a member of the Illinois State and Grundy County bar associations.