Frederick J. Kapala

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Frederick J. Kapala (born 1950) is a United States federal judge.

Born in Rockford, Illinois, Kapala was a captain in the United States Army Reserve from 1970 to 1980. He received a B.A. from Marquette University in 1972 and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1976. He was an assistant state's attorney of Winnebago County, Illinois from 1976 to 1977, and was in private practice in Rockford, Illinois from 1977 to 1982. He was an associate judge of the state of Illinois from 1982 to 1994, then a circuit judge until 2001, and then an appellate judge until 2007.

On January 9, 2007, Kapala was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vacated by Philip G. Reinhard. Kapala was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 8, 2007, and received his commission on May 10, 2007.