Honorable R. Peter Grometer was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois. He attended Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business in 1968. He received his J.D. from the University of Illinois in 1973. He served in the United States
Army from 1969 through 1972. After law school, he returned to Aurora and practiced with the law firm of Alschuler, Putnam, McWethy, Funkey & Grometer from 1973 to 1985.
In 1985, he was appointed an Associate Circuit Judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit which
encompasses Kane, Kendall and DeKalb Counties, Illinois. In 1992, he was elected Circuit
Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit and served as its Chief Judge from 1996 to 1998. In 2001,
Judge Grometer was appointed Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District and served as a member of the Illinois Appellate Court and the Illinois Appellate Court Workers’
Compensation Division until 2009. Justice Grometer retired from the Illinois Appellate Court in 2009.
Peter is a past president and member of the Aurora Rotary Club, Past President and Director of
Mental Health and Mental Rehabilitation, Inc., Director of Aurora Juvenile Protective
Association, District Governor of the Boy Scouts of America, a former member of the Board of
Education of School District 129, and Vice President of the Board of Directors of Presence
Mercy Medical Center.
Justice Grometer is Counsel to the firm of Mahoney, Silverman & Cross, LLC and chairs the
firm’s Appellate Practice Group which includes three attorneys who have clerked for Justices of
the Illinois Appellate Court and a United States District Court Judge. Justice Grometer’s
practice area includes Appellate Practice and Business and Corporate Transactional Law,
Litigation and Mediation.