Attorney Vincent F. Cornelius

Wheaton criminal lawyer Vincent F. Cornelius

The Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius is a general 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, 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. Mr. Cornelius also has a Joliet office location.

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

Vincent F. Cornelius served as the President of the Illinois State Bar Association. He was the first African American to fill the presidential position. He has also been honored frequently within and outside of the legal community. Mr. Cornelius' participation in the legal community and the community at large has included the following:

  • Past President, Illinois State Bar Association (2016-2017)
  • Past President, Illinois Bar Foundation (2008-2010)
  • Governor's Commission on Criminal Law Reform (2005-2012)
  • Past Chancellor, Illinois Academy of Lawyers (2007)
  • Board of Regents, Illinois Academy of Lawyers (2002-2007)
  • Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors
  • Gold Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation
  • Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors
  • Chicago Bar Association Committee on Federal Jury Service (1997)
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Northern Illinois University Alumni Council (1998-2013)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
  • Lincoln Legacy Society, Charter Member

Bar Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court Illinois, 1989


  • Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois, J.D., 1989
  • University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois, B.B.A., 1986

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Ex-Officio (Present)
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, Past President (2008-2010)
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Illinois State Bar Association, President (2016-June 2017)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Past 2nd Vice President
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Member
  • Northern Illinois University College of Law, Board of Visitors
  • Illinois Academy of Lawyers, Past Chancellor (2007)
  • National College for DUI Defense, Member
  • Will County Bar Association, Member
  • Black Bar Association of Will County, Founding Board Member
  • Governor's Commission on Criminal Law Reform (2005-2012)

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers (2018)
  • Leading Lawyers (2018)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2015-2017)
  • 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)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Northern Illinois University (2005)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award University of St Francis (2004)

Past Employment Positions:

  • James D. Montgomery & Associates, Chicago, IL, Associate
  • DuPage County, Illinois, Assistant State's Attorney

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