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Vincent F. CorneliusVincent F. Cornelius

Class of 1989
Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius
Joliet, IL




Mr. Cornelius became the first African-American president of the Illinois State Bar Association in 2016. He established the Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius in Joliet, Illinois, specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation.  Prior to establishing the firm, 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 criminal and civil litigation.  Mr. Cornelius is also a former DuPage County Assistant State’s Attorney.  Mr. Cornelius practices in DuPage, Cook, Will, Kane, Kendall and other counties in Illinois.

Mr. Cornelius has been active in both the legal community and the community at large through his involvement in several organizations which include: President, Illinois Bar Foundation (2008-2010); Governor’s Commission on Criminal Law Reform; Chancellor, Illinois Academy of Lawyers (2007); Board of Regents, Illinois Academy of lawyers; Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors; Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation; Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors, Retired; Chicago Bar Association Committee on Federal Jury Service; Domestic Relations Expedited Matrimonial Fee Arbitrator; DuPage County Bar Association, Assistant Treasurer; Northern Illinois University College of Law, Alumni Council; Life Member, National Registry of Who’s Who; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Alumni Chapter Board of Directors.

Mr. Cornelius is a member of the Illinois State, Chicago, DuPage County, and Will County Bar Associations as well as a board member of the Black Bar Association of Will County.

Mr. Cornelius received a BBA in Business Administration from the University of St. Francis in 1986 where he was an Academic All American athlete.  He received a J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1989.

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