Vincenzo Caporale, a native Chicagoan, grew up on the South Side and is passionate about building up and empowering underserved communities throughout his city. He is a fierce advocate for civil rights and victims of police misconduct, and is committed to achieving justice for his clients by holding officers accountable for their actions.
Vincenzo litigates Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment Violations, as well as violations of Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act, for police misconduct: excessive force, police shootings, unreasonable search & seizure, false arrest, malicious prosecution, and defective warrants. Vincenzo also represents prisoners experiencing violations of excessive force, deliberate indifference to medical care, cruel & unusual conditions of confinement, and failure to intervene.
Vincenzo has strong legal research and writing abilities, as well as oral argument skills. He investigates cases with vigor and uses creative legal arguments to overcome motions to dismiss and for summary judgment. Vincenzo recently moved to disqualify expert testimony in a police shooting case where the supposed expert did not have the expertise necessary to opine on the relevant subjects. Vincenzo hustles for his clients and has a particular attention to detail.
Prior to joining Kulis Law, Vincenzo interned at Uptown People’s Law Center, a bastion for prisoners’, tenants’, and disabled rights. While there, he worked on two federal class action lawsuits against the Illinois Department of Corrections to ensure that prisoners are provided adequate healthcare.
Following that internship, Vincenzo was a student clinician at the UIC John Marshall Law School’s Community Enterprise & Solidarity Economy Clinic, where he drafted an instructional guide for prisoner entrepreneurship in partnership with the Chicago chapter of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee.
Apart from his work as an attorney at Kulis Law, Vincenzo is an Associate Board Member of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, a nonprofit organization connecting artists with attorneys on a pro bono basis. Additionally, he is a Community Representative for Alderwoman Susan Sadllowski Garza’s 10th Ward Office, where he worked on several participatory budgeting campaigns. He also volunteers with Chicago Help Initiative, serving meals to the city’s homeless. In his spare time, he explores the city, enjoys traveling, and hosts a walking tour discussing Chicago’s impact on popular culture.
As a community activist and attorney, Vincenzo aspires to use the law to affect social change in big and small ways. For those who cannot, Vincenzo is devoted to fighting the good fight.
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Read Vincenzo’s most recent blog post: The Court’s Dismantling of the Fourth Amendment
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Litigation
- UIC John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, 2020
- Juris Doctor
- University of Iowa, 2017
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
- Writing Certificate
- State of Illinois, 2021
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2021
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2022
National Lawyers Guild
Chicago Bar Association