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​James R. Corbett, Attorney at Law

James R. Corbett, Attorney at Law


Mr. Corbett was born in Durham, North Carolina in 1940.  He graduated from Warwick High School in Newport News, Virginia in 1959 and also entered the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve while still in high school.  He worked in the Newport News Shipyard and decided to attend college.  He graduated from East Carolina College with a degree in Science, with an emphasis in biology. He worked for five years as an insurance adjuster and then attended the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, finishing in 1971.

Mr. Corbett was in private law practice until September 1990 and then was an underwriting attorney for Chicago Title Insurance Company for ten and a half years. Since January 2001, he has been back in private practice with D. Wayne Moore.

East Carolina College – 1964
Marshall Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary – 1971


Private Law Practice: 1971 – 1990
Underwriting Counsel for Chicago Title Insurance Company: 1990 – 2000
Private Practice Firm: 2000 – present


Active Membership in the Virginia State Bar and Newport News Bar Association. Former Membership with the American Bar Association.

Areas of Practice
Uncontested Divorce Cases; Personal Injury; Real Estate: Real Estate Closings, Real Estate Litigation; Wills, Trusts and Estates, including Probate; Mechanic’s Liens; Business Law; General Civil Litigation.

Professional Biography
JAMES R. CORBETT: Born Durham, North Carolina, December 3, 1940; admitted to bar, 1971, Virginia, U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia and U. S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit.  Education:  East Carolina College (B. A., 1964); Marshall Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary (J. D., 1971).  Member:  Newport News and American Bar Associations; Virginia State Bar (Member – Real Estate and Trust and Estate sections).  [USMC, 1959 – 1967].


Practice Areas
Real Estate Closings; Real Estate Litigation; Mechanics Liens; Business Law; Workers Compensation; Estate Planning; Wills and Trusts; Estate Administration

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