John T. Cornett, Jr. (Lawyer)


John Cornett was born and raised in Petersburg, Virginia to blue collar parents.  He attended a Baptist grade school and a Catholic high school in Petersburg.  He was the first in his family to attend college.

John graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 1989 with a BA in political science. He attended law school at the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, graduating in 1992.  While in law school, he interned at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for Henrico County, where he prosecuted dozens of felony and misdemeanor cases.

John is licensed to practice before all state courts, as well as the United Stated Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Supreme Court of the United States.  He is a member of the Workers’ Compensation American Inns of Court.  He has served on the faculty of numerous workers’ compensation continuing legal education seminars and has lectured on various topics related to workers’ compensation and ethics.

For almost twenty years, John has practiced workers’ compensation law, representing employers and carriers before the Commission and the Court of Appeals.  Given his blue-collar background, he wanted to use his skills and knowledge to help injured workers.

John has been a resident of Chesterfield County for over twenty years.  He is an active member of his Church, having sat on the Parish Counsel and several committees.  John has, at various times, been a Eucharistic Minister and has taught religious education classes for high school students.


B.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1989)

J.D. T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond (1992)

Bar Admissions & Organizations

Virginia State Bar

Virginia Trial Lawyers Association