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The Law Office of Vincent F. Cornelius is a general trial practice, with a focus in criminal defense 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, the predecessor firm of Cochran and Montgomery in Chicago, Illinois where he practiced in the areas of criminal and civil litigation. Mr. Cornelius is also a former DuPage County Assistant State's Attorney. He was involved in the prosecution of felony, misdemeanor, DUI, juvenile and domestic violence cases. He was evaluated a distinguished prosecutor.

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 been involved in the settlement of multi-million dollar personal injury cases. He practices in DuPage, Cook, Will, Kane, Kendall and other counties.

Vincent received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1989. He received his BBA in Business Administration in 1986 from the University of St. Francis where he was an Academic All American athlete.

Mr. Cornelius is a well respected leader in the legal Community, as well as in the community at large.  He has served as the Chancellor of the ISBA's Academy of Illinois Lawyers and as President of the Illinois Bar Foundation.  He currently serves as Second Vice-President of the Illinois State  Bar association.  In the year 2016 he will become a historic 140th president of the ISBA, as the first person of color to serve as president.  He serves on the NIU College of Law Board of Visitors and he has previously served as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of the University of St. Francis. 


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    27 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
  3. Juvenile: 10%
    27 years
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%
    27 years
  5. Federal Crime: 10%
    27 years



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Contact info

Law Office of Vincent F. Cornelius

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

Law Office of Vincent F. Cornelius

400 S. Knoll Street
Suite A
Wheaton, IL, 60187



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198908/10/2016
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2015
Outstanding Alumni AwardNIU College of Law2010
Medgar Evers AwardNAACP2010
C.F. Stradford Distinguished Service AwardCook County State's Attorney2009
Distinguished Service AwardNorthern Illinois University2005
Outstanding Young Men in AmericaOYMA1987
Academic All AmericanUniversity of St. Francis1985
Who's WhoNational Registry of Who's WhoN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyJames D. Montgomery & Associates (Cochran and Montgomery)1993 - 1994
Assistant State's AttorneyDuPage County State's Attorney1989 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2011 - Present
Illinois Bar FoundationGold Fellow2001 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationSecond Vice-President2015 - 2015
Illinois Bar Foundation BoardPresident2008 - 2010
Illinois Bar FoundationPast President2008 - 2010
BBA of Will CountyFounding Board Member2007 - 2009
Academy of Illinois LawyersChancellor2006 - 2007
DuPage County Bar AssociationAssistant Treasurer2005 - 2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northern Illinois University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of St. FrancisBusiness AdministrationB.B.A.1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Conference of Bar FoundationsBar Foundation Development2009