Vincent F. Cornelius

Candidate for Circuit Judge - 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Will County

Candidate for Circuit Judge

Vincent F. Cornelius is the Immediate Past-President of the 32,000-member Illinois State Bar Association. He is the first and only lawyer from Will County to serve as president of the ISBA in the 141-year history of the Association. He has practiced law for twenty-eight years. He has tried hundreds of criminal cases as a prosecutor and in private practice, before both judges and juries. In addition to criminal defense cases, he represents clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and civil rights violations.

Vincent is a native of Joliet. He has been a resident of Will County for nearly forty years, the last thirteen years in Will County, Naperville. He is the founder and principal of the Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius, a law firm with locations in Joliet and Wheaton. He began the practice of law in 1989 as a prosecutor. Vincent was an associate attorney with the Law Firm of James D. Montgomery, in Chicago.

Vincent received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1989. He is the recipient of the College of Law's Outstanding Alum Award and its Alum of the Year Award. He currently serves as a member of the College of Law's Board of Visitors.

Vincent received his BBA in Business Administration in 1986 from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, where he was an Academic All American Athlete. He is the recipient of the University's 2006 Outstanding Alum Award. He has served as Vice Chairman of the university's Board of Trustees.

Candidate for Circuit Judge

Vincent is a 1982 Graduate of Joliet Catholic High School, and he is the 2017 recipient of the Joliet Catholic Academy Alumni Association's Career Achievement award. Vincent attended every year of his schooling from elementary school through college in the public and private schools of Joliet. He has remained engaged with every one of the academic institutions he attended.

Vincent has lived a life of service and leadership to the legal profession, his church, his family, his community, and to the schools he attended. He has served diligently on Governor's Commissions, Supreme Court Commissions, legislation committees, and university boards. He has given dozens of keynote speeches to numerous organizations, including a keynote to the Illinois Supreme Court at its judicial conference. Vincent has served the legal profession and other institutions at the highest levels. He is prepared to serve as Circuit Court Judge.

Vincent and Zina Cornelius have been married for twenty-six years. They are the proud parents of two college students.

Back to Top