"He has the full package: he's a lawyer of enormous talents and a tremendous human being."; "The cream of the crop..."
Chambers USA 2011; Chambers USA 2014
Vince Connelly focuses his practice on trial work, including both criminal and civil litigation. His criminal trial experience includes cases involving antitrust, FCPA, securities, government contract and program cases, RICO, commercial and financial frauds, and public corruption. His civil litigation experience emphasizes representing major corporations, officers, and board members in federal and state proceedings. He has represented law firms and individual lawyers. Vince’s trials have involved antitrust, securities law, commercial disputes, ERISA investment advisor disputes, public corruption, and numerous complex internal investigations.
Vince has had primary trial responsibility in over 80 federal and state cases, including more than 60 jury trials, and he has been responsible for 15 appellate briefs and arguments in the Seventh Circuit. Vince began his career as a federal prosecutor in Chicago and was the Chief of Special Prosecutions. For a number of consecutive years, he has consistently been awarded the highest Band 1 ranking for both general commercial and white-collar crime litigation from Chambers USA
, which has said, among other things, that Vince is an “outstanding lawyer” who “offers phenomenal client service,” is a “go-to person on high visibility matters” (2016) and that he is “a formidable opponent with copious common sense and good judgment" (2006-2007). In addition, Best Lawyers
, a leading peer review legal publication, named him the Chicago “Lawyer of the Year” (2010) for Bet-the-Company Litigation. Vince has been recognized in 3 “Top 10” Lists by the Leading Lawyers Magazine
for Illinois in the categories: All Areas of Law, Business Lawyers, and Business Litigators. He is also consistently ranked as one of Benchmark
’s “Litigation Stars” on both the national and local levels. In the 2015 Benchmark
survey, Vince was listed as a General Commercial “Litigation Star” for Illinois.