John R. Corneille, llc
151 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, Il. 60115


John R. Corneille, II

Private Practice since 1984; in DeKalb County continuously since 1986.

Federal Courts: Northern District of Illinois-Eastern and Western Divisions, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District-Eastern and Western Divisions

State Courts-Illinois Counties: DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, Cook, DuPage, Boone, Winnebago, Ogle, Lee, McHenry, Lake, Kankakee, Cass, Fulton, LaSalle and Grundy

Administrative Forums: Illinois Industrial Commission, Illinois Secretary of State, State of Illinois-Unemployment Division, NIU-Judicial Office, DeKalb City Council, DeKalb County Board, DeKalb Plan Commission-City, DeKalb County Planning and Zoning, DeKalb County Board of Assessments, Kane County Zoning Board, Village of Hinckley Board of Trustees, Dispute Resolution through Mediation

Employment / Labor Law

  • Negotiate, draft and review employment contracts
  • Draft and review employee handbooks
  • Advise and counsel employers and employees on a variety of issues including claims resolution, privacy and confidentiality matters, discrimination, disability and harassment situations
  • Litigation in State Courts and administrative bodies


  • Close a variety of commercial, residential and agricultural real estate transactions, for both buyer and seller
  • Effectuate purchase and sale of businesses
  • Corporate formation and dissolution
  • Negotiate and draft broad range of legal documents including contracts and leases


  • Lead counsel in countless trials, hearings, and motions in civil and criminal matters
  • Lead counsel and assisted in pre-trial preparation including depositions and all forms of written discovery
  • Litigation in virtually all areas of practice
  • Appeals

Family Law

  • Lead counsel in hundreds of divorce cases
  • Custody, adoption, juvenile and grandparent visitation cases
  • Represent numerous pro bono clients


  • Drafted countless wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other estate planning documents
  • Administration of numerous estates (probate and non-probate), trusts and guardianships
  • Advised financial institutions in many areas including confidentiality matters, loan documentation, foreclosures, and banking practices in general
  • Represented debtors and creditors in bankruptcy and dispute resolutions
  • Advised and counseled landlords and tenants
  • Personal injury-plaintiff and defendant
  • Felony and misdemeanor criminal representation
  • Represented Hispanic and other minorities in a wide variety of legal matters

    Completed Family Law Mediation formal training, Northwestern University, October, 2006

       Juris Doctor, 1984
        Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana

        Bachelor of Science, 1981
        Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois
        Honors: Deans list

Community/Professional Involvement and Associations
DeKalb County Public Guardian and Public Administrator
Board Member and President, DeKalb County Board of Health
Board Member and President, Salvation Army
Board Member and President, Opportunity House
Board Member and President, DeKalb County Estate Planning Council
Board Member, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
Member and Secretary, DeKalb County Bar Association
Member, Kane County Bar Association
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, National Guardianship Association
Board Member, Illinois Guardianship Association
Member, 16th Judicial Circuit Task Force - Elder Abuse
Candidate, DeKalb County Board - 2004
Board Member, DeKalb County Elder Care Services
Member, Citizens Advisory Committee, City of DeKalb
Precinct Committeeman, City of DeKalb
Member, Multi-cultural Diversity Committee,
DeKalb School District
Member, DeKalb Elks Lodge
Member, DeKalb Masonic Lodge
Member, Huskie Club
Member, DeKalb Barb Booster Club
Board Member, Barb City Manor
Member, DeKalb Evening Lions Club
Council Member and President, First Lutheran Church
Volunteer, Foundation Fighting Blindness
Chairman, Chicago VisionWalk