Thank you for visiting my website! The Veterans Practice, Ltd. was founded by me, Catherine Cornell. When I saw that there was no other law firm in the Chicagoland area focused exclusively on veterans benefits, specifically VA compensation and survivors benefits, I decided to establish one.
I have been concerned about the welfare of veterans since I did a college internship at CNN in Washington, DC. That summer I worked on a piece about homeless veterans in our nation’s capitol. It was eye opening and shocking to realize that so many veterans were living in poverty, without even a roof over their heads. After college, when I was getting my master’s degree in journalism and working in that field, I tried to call attention to the many issues facing veterans. I then obtained my law degree and, after working in civil legal aid for the poor and some other areas, I decided I wanted to focus only on the law as it applied to veterans. I am so proud to own my own law firm and I feel honored to help veterans and their families, which sadly remain under-served even as the numbers of veterans advocates have gone up over time.
I have helped hundreds of veterans and their survivors obtain VA benefits over the years and I continue to work as hard as I possibly can to win more cases every day. Make no mistake – VA cases can be extremely hard to win. But I am nothing if not determined to win every single case I take on. It’s an amazing feeling to see a veteran or their family member finally get the benefits they deserve.
In addition to owning my own law practice, I sit on the board of the Veterans Legal Aid Society and I am a sustaining member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates. I am also a member of the Illinois state and federal bars, and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. My father served honorably in the Air Force. Also, I love to write! I recently had an article published in U.S. Veterans Magazine, which was really exciting. To see that article, look for the blog on my website homepage called “How to Obtain VA Benefits.”
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. And if you are a veteran, thank you for your military service!