Gildea served as an Administrative Law Judge at the Social Security Administration's Office of Hearings and Appeals in Peoria, IL, from July 2004 until his ITC appointment. From 1985 to 2004, he was a solo practitioner in general practice in Elmhurst, IL.
From 1978 to 1985, Gildea was a partner at Schwartz & Freeman in Chicago, IL. Prior to that, he served as Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, with the United States Attorney, Northern District of Illinois. From 1971 to 1976, he served as Assistant Illinois Attorney General, Chief of Special Prosecutions, with the Illinois Attorney General in Chicago, IL.
Gildea was a partner at Gillis, Gildea, and Rimland, a law firm specializing in criminal defense, from 1970 to 1971. He was an associate in the Chicago law firm Hardiman, Pesavento & Lynch from 1969 to 1970. From 1965 to 1969, he served as Assistant State's Attorney with the State's Attorney of Cook County, Illinois.
Gildea attended De Paul University, College of Commerce as an undergraduate and holds a juris doctor degree from De Paul University, College of Law; a masters degree in management from Northwestern University, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management; and an LL.M. degree from De Paul University, College of Law. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois and a certified public accountant.
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