About

The Veterans Practice, Ltd. is a law firm dedicated exclusively to helping veterans and their families.  The firm focuses on VA disability compensation claims and survivor’s benefits, after a denial.  In addition to handling the firm’s case, Attorney Catherine Cornell also offers seminars, presentations, and consulting services to people who work with veterans or are simply interested in learning more about the complicated area of veterans benefits.

Catherine Cornell, founder and owner of the The Veterans Practice, is accredited with the Department of Veterans Affairs and has been admitted to the Illinois State Bar, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Catherine is also a sustaining member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates and sits on the board of the Veterans Legal Aid Society.

Catherine initially became interested in helping disabled veterans during a college internship at CNN in Washington D.C. when she researched a story about homeless veterans. After getting her master’s degree in journalism at the Columbia School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, she worked in television broadcasting for several years, then left to pursue a career in law at Indiana University.

After law school, Catherine worked as a litigator at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago for more than five years, helping some of Chicago’s most impoverished residents with a variety of legal matters.

Seeing the frustration experienced by so many veterans and their families trying to get their VA benefits, Catherine, whose father served in the United States Air Force, decided to establish her own law practice dedicated exclusively to helping veterans. It is the first of its kind in the Chicagoland area.