Legal Elite 2015
Robert K. Corbett III
The Law Offices of Harold Cogdell Jr. PC, Charlotte
Vita: 43; born in Charlotte; bachelor’s from N.C. State University and law degree from North Carolina Central University; wife and two children.
Memorable case: I had a case that had just finished up, and the state was about to call another case for trial. The gentleman was charged with a relatively low-level felony and was choosing to represent himself. Based on his comments, I didn’t think he fully appreciated the gravity of the situation. I asked the court for permission to speak to him. Long story short, I ended up representing him pro bono at trial. I like to think he was pleased with the outcome. What I got out of it was a chance to help someone. Not because I was appointed or retained on the case, but just because I was there and wanted to help him.
What he’d be if not a lawyer: Voice-over artist or science-fiction writer.
Favorite book: The Grey King by Susan Cooper. It was one of my favorite books as a kid. I checked it out so many times that the school library banned me from checking it out anymore, and I had to buy my own copy. I mentioned that story to my 6-year-old, and he got me a copy for my birthday last year.
Don’t ask him to: Do anything that he considers illogical or that defies common sense.
WINNER: Robert K. Corbett III, The Law Offices of Harold Cogdell Jr. PC, Charlotte; F. Hill Allen, Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh; Russell D. Babb, Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh; Bradley Bannon, Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan PLLC, Raleigh; Wes Camden, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh; Ames C. Chamberlain, The Law Offices of Ames Chamberlain PLLC, Greensboro; Marcus W. Chesnutt, Chesnutt, Clemmons & Peacock PA, New Bern; Andrew C. Clifford, Clifford Clendenin & O’Hale LLP, Greensboro; Christopher R. Clifton, Grace Tisdale & Clifton PA, Winston-Salem; Collin Cook, Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan PLLC, Raleigh; Kearns Davis, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro; Russell W. DeMent III, DeMent Askew LLP, Raleigh; Sean Devereux, Devereux & Banzhoff PLLC, Asheville; Christopher C. Fialko, Rudolf Widenhouse & Fialko, Charlotte; Jamie S. Getty, Block, Crouch, Keeter, Behm & Sayed LLP, Wilmington; Daniel A. Harris, Clifford Clendenin & O’Hale LLP, Greensboro; W. Rob Heroy, Goodman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine & Greene PLLC, Charlotte; Josh Howard, Gammon, Howard & Zeszotarski PLLC, Raleigh; John H. Hunter III, The Law Office of John H. Hunter III PLLC, Goldsboro; James K. Jackson, Western Wake Law Group, Raleigh; Jonathan G. Kreider, Dummit Fradin, Greensboro; George V. Laughrun II, Goodman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine & Greene PLLC, Charlotte; Duncan McMillan, McMillan & Smith, Raleigh; Hart Miles, Hart Miles, Attorney at Law PA, Raleigh; John P. O’Hale, Narron, O’Hale and Whittington PA, Smithfield; Robert O’Hale, Clifford Clendenin & O’Hale LLP, Greensboro; Michael Robert Paduchowski, Law Office of Matthew Charles Suczynski PLLC, Chapel Hill; Gregory Plumides, Plumides Law Office PC, Charlotte; Bill Powers, Powers McCartan PLLC, Charlotte; Jan Elliott Pritchett, Law Firm of Schlosser & Pritchett, Greensboro; Amy E. Richardson, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, Raleigh; Leslie S. Robinson, The Robinson Law Firm PA, Greenville; Steven Saad, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, Raleigh; Anthony G. Scheer, Rawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo PLLC, Charlotte; Ryan T. Smith, RTS Law Group, Charlotte; Jack W. Stewart, Jack W. Stewart PA, Asheville; Jacob H. Sussman, Tin, Fulton, Walker & Owen PLLC, Charlotte; Noell P. Tin, Tin, Fulton, Walker & Owen PLLC, Charlotte; Amos G. Tyndall, Parry & Tyndall PLLC, Chapel Hill; David W. Venable, David W. Venable Attorney at Law, Raleigh; Edwin West III, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Wilmington; Gordon Widenhouse, Rudolf Widenhouse & Fialko, Chapel Hill; William D. Young IV, Hatch Little & Bunn LLP, Raleigh; Joe Zeszotarski, Gammon, Howard & Zeszotarski PLLC, Raleigh.