Larry Axelrood

Larry Axelrood

Larry Axelrood has a potent understanding of many facets of our judicial system. A former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney for over 20 years, he then served more than 14 years as a judge on the Circuit Court of Cook County.

He is the author of three published novels—The Advocate, Plea Bargain, and Death Eligible—each of which explores the ethical and moral questions faced when ambition intersects with law, politics, and crime. His books received positive reviews in a range of publications including the Washington Post and the Chicago Sun-Times.

As a writer, Axelrood draws readers in with realistic and nuanced characters who struggle to navigate complex issues in today’s criminal justice system. His decades of real-world experience and zest for detail evoke an appreciation of the challenges inherent in obtaining real justice in our courts. A new protagonist, Prosecutor Marisol Cuellar, leads his latest political thriller, Stealing Justice, as she risks everything to stand up to the legal elite and expose the truth.

Axelrood is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law and a former Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He is currently a mediator and arbitrator, living with his family in the suburbs of Chicago.