Attorney Profile

Cornelia Wallis Honchar

We Are Committed To Your Case

Your future is at stake. Let us protect your rights. We will make sure your case is handled properly from the very start so we can find the best possible outcome for you.

We represent individuals in Tucson, Arizona who have been charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies, including:

  • Violent crimes like kidnapping, robbery, aggravated assault, and attempted murder
  • Drug offenses like trafficking, money laundering and possession and possession for sale
  • Probation violations, appeals and restoration of rights
  • Sex crimes such as sexual assault and sex crimes involving minors

We know the law and how charges will affect your life. Let us speak to the police for you.

Our lawyer can assist with filing an appeal and the restitution of your rights after a felony conviction. We also help victims of fraudulent activity and scams get the protection they need.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense

Honors and Awards

  • 10.0 Avvo Rating
  • 2012 & 2013 100 Top Trial Lawyers National Trial Lawyers

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1977
  • Arizona, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2002

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. summa cum laude – 1977
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Awards: Corporations, Agency, Partnership and Bankruptcy
    • Law Review: DePaul Law Review, Editorial Board
  • New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire
    • B.A., 1961-1964
    • Major: History
    • Minor: Music
  • University of New Hampshire
    • Office of New Hampshire Governor King (State’s first management internship program based on White House Internship Program), 1964
  • University of Grenoble, France
    • Language Studies, 1965-1966
  • La Sorbonne, University of Paris, France
    • Institute of French Professors in Foreign Countries (Advanced language and literature studies), 1966-1967

Past Employment Positions

  • Criminal Misdemeanor Division, Justice Court, calendarDeputy Pima County Attorney, 2000 – 2001
  • City of Chicago, Department of Police, Chicago Police Board — Hearing Officer, 1991 – 2000
  • Chicago Title Insurance Company, Legal Counsel, 1996 – 1998
  • Private Practice Concentration in Legal Ethics and Legal Malpractice Avoidance, 1996 – 2000
  • American Bar Association, Center for Professional Responsibility, Assistant Competence Counsel; Assistant Client Protection Counsel, 1994 – 1996
  • Cole, Grasso, Fencl & Skinner, Ltd., Of Counsel, 1994
  • American Bar Association, Center for Professional Responsibility, Assistant Ethics Counsel, 1989 – 1991
  • Private practice of law, Concentration on municipal law, economic development and real estate development, 1987 – 1989
  • Datacom Corporation, (division of Lockheed Corporation), Vice President, International Division, (Concentration in Canada and United Kingdom), 1986 – 1987
  • Chicago City Council Committee on Finance, Chief and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, 1983 – 1986
  • Private practice of law, Federal civil rights prosecution, criminal appeals and tort litigation in both state and federal courts, 1980 – 1983
  • Cook County, Illinois, State’s Attorney Office, Federal Litigation Section, Civil Division, 1978 – 1980
  • Friedman & Koven, Associate, Litigation Section, 1977 – 1978
  • Chicago Tribune, Reporter; Appointed to Tribune’s four member Investigative Task Force; Appointed to Urban Affairs Task Force, 1970 – 1973
  • City News Bureau of Chicago, Reporter, 1968 – 1970

Classes/Seminars

  • State Bar of Arizona, Chair “Fees, A Road Map Around the Quicksands of Malpractice,” Chair, Tucson Arizona, November 3, 2005
  • New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, Annual Meeting Speaker, “Quantum Physics and the Law,” Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 28, 2004
  • North Suburban Bar Association, “Selected Issues: Legal Fees,” Presenter, Arlington Heights, Illinois, November 15, 1999
  • Arizona City/County Management Association, Keynote speaker, “Civility in Government,” Tucson, Arizona, July 30, 1999
  • Chicago Legal Secretaries Association, “Ethical Issues Associated with E-Mail,” featured speaker, Chicago, Illinois, February 18, 1998
  • 150th Anniversary Celebration, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Legal Malpractice Avoidance and Update on Current Developments in the Law of Lawyering, featured speaker, Merrillville, Indiana, September 25, 1997
  • 150th Anniversary Celebration, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Legal Malpractice Avoidance and Update on Current Developments in the Law of Lawyering, featured speaker, Indianapolis, Indiana, May 16, 1997
  • American Bar Association, 23rd National Conference on Professional Responsibility, “Current Developments,” Panelist, Naples, Florida, May 29, 1997
  • Clifford Law Offices, “Legal Malpractice Avoidance,” Seminar sponsored by American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, Presenter, Chicago, Illinois, August 1996. The same seminar was presented at the Chicago law firms of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg; Katten & Muchin in August 1996
  • American Bar Association, 22nd National Conference on Professional Responsibility, Plenary Session, “Legal Ethics & Technology,” Moderator, Chicago, May 29, 1996
  • American Bar Association, 22nd National Conference on Professional Responsibility, Plenary Session, “Current National Development in Legal Ethics and Legal Malpractice,” Panelist, Chicago, May 29, 1996
  • Virginia State Bar Association, International Practice, “Legal Ethics & Technology,” Presenter, Williamsburg, Virginia, May 10, 1996
  • McBride, Baker & Coles, Litigation Section, “Ethical Considerations When Clients Lie,” Presenter, Chicago, Illinois, March 14, 1996
  • Chicago Bar Association, “Billing Practices Update,” Presenter, Chicago, Illinois, May 12, 1995
  • American Bar Association, 21st National Conference on Professional Responsibility, “Current Developments in Ethics and Legal Malpractice,” Plenary Session, Presenter, San Diego, California, May 1995
  • American Bar Association, “Ethical Problems for Criminal Prosecutors,” Moderator, San Diego, California, May 1995
  • Chicago Bar Association, “Legal Malpractice Update,” Chicago, Illinois, Presenter 1995
  • Illinois Judges Association, “Problems Associated with Disqualification Motions,” Chicago, Illinois, December 4, 1994
  • Chicago Bar Association, “Ethical Problems Associated with Billing Practices,” Chicago, Illinois, November 1, 1994
  • American Bar Association, 20th National Conference on Professional Responsibility, Naples, Florida, “Ethical Obligations of Criminal Prosecutors,” Moderator, May 1994
  • Illinois State Bar Association Mutual Insurance Defense Counsel Seminar, Chicago, Illionis, “Malpractice Exposure in the 90s, The Rules of Professional Conduct: A Roadmap for Malpractice Avoidance,” Presenter, May 1994
  • Commercial Law League of America, Midwest Regional Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, “Conflicts of Interest and Ethical Traps,” Presenter, April 1994
  • Chicago Bar Association, “Ethical Issues Surrounding Alternative Dispute Resolution,” Chicago, Illinois, April 1994
  • Chicago Bar Association, “The Perils and Pitfalls of Technology’s Impact on the Practice of Law,” Moderator and Presenter, Fall 1993
  • Loyola Law School, Baker & McKenzie Legal Ethics Lectures, Commentator with Professor Stephen Gillers, Chicago, Illinois, Fall 1993
  • American Bar Association, 19th National Conference on Professional Responsibility, Panel Moderator, Chicago, Illinois, May 1993
  • American Bar Association, 18th National Conference on Professional Responsibility, Palm Beach, Florida, Plenary Session Moderator, “Sex, Power and the Profession,” June 1992
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, “Legal Malpractice in the 90’s,” Presenter, Spring 1993
  • Chicago Bar Association, Corporate Legal Ethics Committee, Chicago, Illinois, “Inadvertent Disclosure of Client Confidential Information,” Spring 1993
  • Chicago Bar Association, “Conflicts of Interest: How to Avoid Them, If You Can,” Chicago, Illinois, November 1992
  • Chicago Bar Association, Civil Practice Seminar, “Attorney Malpractice After Collins v. Reynard,” Spring 1992
  • Lincoln American Inn of Court, Chicago, Illinois, Gues Speaker, “Ethical Rules and Lawyer-Client Sexual Relations,” Spring 1992
  • Federal Bar Association, “Alternative Dispute Resolution: Ethical Considerations,” Chicago, Illinois, November 1991
  • New Mexico Bar Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Guest Speaker, “Ethical Responsibilities of Lawyers in the 90’s,” Spring 1991
  • Chicago Bar Association, Federal Civil Practice Committee, Speaker, Report on Seventh Federal Judicial Circuit Committee on Civility In Litigation Practice,” Spring 1991
  • American Bar Association, Bar Leadership Conference, Chicago, Ethics and the Media, Panel Speaker, Spring 1990, 1991, 1992
  • “Inside Politics,” a nationally-syndicated radio program emanating from Chicago, Panel Member, 1991, 1992, 1993

Published Works

  • “George Overton: A Legacy of Service to Country, Community, Clients and The Legal Profession”, CBA Record, 1998
  • Annotated Model Rules of Professional Conduct, American Bar Association, Third Edition, Contributor, 1996
  • Editor, Annotated Model Rules of Professional Conduct, American Bar Association, Second Edition, Editor, 1992
  • “Leaving a Law Firm,” The Complete Lawyer, American Bar Association, Fall, 1993
  • Wrote monthly Ethics Column, American Bar Association Bar Journal, August 1990 – September 1991
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin monthly column, Ethically Speaking, devoted to lawyer malpractice and ethical issues

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility, 1992 – 2003
  • Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee, Illinois State Bar Association Representative, 1992 – 1994
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chair, Professional Responsibility, 1993
  • Chicago Bar Association, Vice Chair, Professional Responsibility Committee, 1992 – 1993
  • Chicago Bar Association, Vice Chair, Editorial Board, CBA Record, 1992 – 1993
  • Chicago Bar Association, Law Practice Management Program, 1993 – 1994
  • Chicago Bar Association, Law Student Mentoring Program, 1992
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chair, Urban Affairs Committee, 1991 – 1992
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Professional Conduct, 1992
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Professional Conduct, Secretary, 1993 – 1994
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Board of Directors, 1992 – 1994
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Member
  • Lincoln American Inn of Court, Chicago, Illinois
  • Founder, Cornelia Wallis Honchar LifeLink Endowment, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, Illinois (veterinary care for companion pets of terminally ill, indigent aged and homeless care; one of the first programs in the United States. Sophie and Gypsy’s Golden Heart Award: annual prize to graduates for outstanding cardiology studies)
  • Barrio, Viejo Elderly Housing, Inc., Tucson, Arizona, Past Director
  • Redevelopment Commission, Gary, Indiana, Past Commissioner
  • Today’s Chicago Woman Foundation, Past Board of Directors
  • Cook County Economic Development Commission, Past Board of Directors
  • New England College, Henniker, N.H., Past Board of Trustees
  • Alliance Francaise de Chicago, Past Board of Directors
  • MetroHelp (National Runaway Hotline; founded by Hugh Heffner with support from the Playboy Foundation), Past Board of Directors
  • The Performance Community, Past Board of Directors
  • Lincoln Park Zoological Society, Past Women’s Board

Languages

  • French

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