Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2013

  • Editor-in-Chief, Loyola Consumer Law Review

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Master of Arts, Political Science, 2010

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., Communications/Media Studies, 2008



Leslie Cornell is an associate in Chapman and Cutler's National Public and Health & Education Finance Department. She participated in the firm's summer associate program in 2012 and joined the firm in 2013.

Leslie’s practice focuses on tax-exempt conduit financings for not-for-profit universities, hospitals, health care systems, and cultural institutions. She serves as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, and borrower's counsel for a wide variety of public finance transactions. Leslie is also involved in "pay for success" financings including the representation of social service providers, investors, municipal entities, and intermediaries.

Prior to joining Chapman and Cutler, Leslie worked as a PILI Fellow at the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice with the Center for Judicial Performance and Integrity. Leslie was a 2010 Civic Leadership Fellow at the University of Illinois, and her thesis "Judging Illinois Judicial Selection" was presented at a Chicago Bar Association Symposium in October of that year.

Prior to attending law school, Leslie worked in the press office of the former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.


Co-Author, "Inroads to Innovation: State Adoption of Pay for Success Legislation," Chapman and Cutler LLP. April 2017.