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Retired Appellate Court Justice Tom M. Lytton Passes Away

May 19, 2023 5:38 PM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

Justice Tom M. Lytton of the Illinois Appellate Court, Third Judicial District, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2023.  Justice Lytton retired from the bench in July 2022 after 30 years of service on the appellate court.

After graduating from Northwestern University's School of Law, Justice Lytton began his legal career volunteering for VISTA in West Virginia and working at Legal Services in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He then practiced law with his father in East Moline, Illinois, for 19 years.

In 1992, Justice Lytton was elected to the appellate court, where he served the People of the State of Illinois for the rest of his career.  While on the bench, he served on the Illinois Continuing Education Committee, the Law and Literature Committee, and as president of the Council of Chief Judges of State Appellate Courts.  In 2018, he received the Honorable Richard J. Elrod Public Service Award from the Jewish Judges Association of Illinois.

Funeral services will be at held at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 22, 2023, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Rock Island, Illinois.  Services also will be livestreamed at

Justice Lytton's full obituary, which includes additional details on funeral services, how to send flowers or plant a tree in Justice Lytton's honor, and where to post memories of Justice Lytton, may be found here.

On behalf of its membership, the Appellate Lawyers Association expresses its deepest condolences to Justice Lytton's family, friends, and colleagues.

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