Vincent F. Cornelius

Vincent F. Cornelius

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Joliet, IL

Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius
 | 58 N. Chicago Street, 7th Floor, Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: 815-723-7300
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (80%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

The Law Office of Vincent F. Cornelius is a trial practice, with a focus in criminal and civil litigation. Prior to establishing the Law Office of Vincent F. Cornelius, Mr. Cornelius was an associate with the Law Firm of James D. Montgomery and Associates in Chicago, Illinois where he practiced in the areas of civil and criminal litigation. Vincent is also a former DuPage County Assistant State's Attorney. As an ASA he was involved in the prosecution of criminal felony, misdemeanor, DUI, juvenile and domestic violence cases. He was employed pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 711 as a Law Clerk in the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Cornelius has extensive bench trial, jury trial, and administrative hearing experience. He has defended homicide, white collar, and other serious felony cases. He has also engaged in the settlement of multi-million dollar injury cases. He practices in DuPage, Will, Cook, Kane, Kendall and other counties, with office locations in Wheaton and Joliet.

Vincent received his Juris doctorate Degree from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1989. He received his BBA in Business Administration from the University of St. Francis where he was an Academic All American athlete. He has received the Outstanding and Distinguished Alumni award  from both universities.

Vincent F. Cornelius currently serves as 140th President of the Illinois State Bar Association. He is the historic first African American to serve in the position.  He has been honored frequently within and outside of the legal community.  Mr. Cornelius' engagement in the legal community and the community at large has included the following:

President, Illinois Bar Foundation (2008-2010)

Governor’s Commission on Criminal Law Reform (2005-2010)

Chancellor, Illinois Academy of Lawyers (2007)

ISBA Board of Governors

NIU College of Law Board of Visitors

Black Bar Association of Will County (Founding Board Member)

American, DuPage, Will, and Cook County Bar Associations (Member)

National College for DUI Defense (Member)

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

 Honors and Awards:

Martin Luther King Journey Award, USF (2014)

Outstanding Alumni Award, NIU College of Law (2010)

Medgar Evers Award, NAACP (2010)

C.F. Stradford Distinguished Service Award, Cook County State’s Attorney (2009)

About Vincent Cornelius

Admitted: 1989, Illinois

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Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Illinois US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois United States Supreme Court
Office Location for Vincent F. Cornelius

58 N. Chicago Street, 7th Floor
Joliet, IL 60432


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Last Updated: 10/31/2016

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