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Karol Corbin Walker

One Riverfront Plaza
1037 Raymond Boulevard
Sixteenth Floor
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Phone:  973.491.3522
Fax:  973.491.3458
885 Third Avenue
Sixteenth Floor
New York, New York 10022
Phone:  212.446.5062
Fax:  212.446.5055

Biography

Ms. Walker is a shareholder at LeClairRyan. In 1995 she became the first African American woman to attain partner status at any major New Jersey law firm. She is a litigator with trial experience in the State and Federal Courts. Ms. Walker has argued many cases before the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. She has also argued cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Ms. Walker focuses her practice on business, commercial, employment, environmental, hazardous waste, insurance coverage, toxic tort and product liability litigation matters. Her clients have included many Fortune 500 corporations as well as other publicly and privately held corporations, financial institutions, entertainers and insurance companies.

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey has certified and appointed Ms. Walker as an arbitrator and mediator. The New Jersey Supreme Court has appointed her to several committees including: Committee on Judicial Evaluation, Committee on Civil Practice, Committee on Character, District Fee Arbitration and Committee on the Tax Court.

In 2003, Ms. Walker became the first African American President in the then 105-year history of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). She served as president for the 2003-2004 term, taking her oath of office before a record number of attendees. In 1998 she was the first African American appointed as Chair of the NJSBA’s most prestigious Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee.

Ms. Walker previously served as a member of the New Jersey State Ethics Commission. The Commission is responsible for ensuring that state employees adhere to ethics rules. New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine appointed Ms. Walker to this Commission.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, New York, New York and Newark, New Jersey, December 2007-Present
  • Seiden Wayne, New York, New York and Newark, New Jersey, February 1989-December 2007 (merged with LeClairRyan)
  • Day Pitney (formerly Pitney Hardin Kipp & Szuch), Morristown, New Jersey, September 1987 – February 1989
  • Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable David S. Baime, Judge (retired), Appellate Division, Superior Court of New Jersey, September 1986-August 1987 

     

Memberships and Affiliations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association: President, 2003–2004; Chair, Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, 1998
  • Garden State Bar Association: Former President
  • Essex County Bar Association: Former Trustee
  • Morris County Bar Association: Former Judicial Evaluation Committee Chair
  • National Bar Association: Former Chair, Commercial Law Section, 2003-2007
  • American Bar Association: House of Delegates Member
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents: President, 2012–2013
  • Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey: President-Elect
  • American Bar Foundation: Fellow
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education: Former Board of Directors Member

Distinctions

  • Listed in NJBIZ as one of New Jersey's top 25 "Women of Influence" in 2003
  • Listed in Business News New Jersey as one of New Jersey's top 20 African American business people in 1999
  • Listed in Law & Politics and New Jersey Monthly magazines' Super Lawyer Section, 2005–2014
  • Recognized as one of the "Top 50 Women Attorneys in New Jersey" by Law & Politics magazine, 2013
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® for Insurance Law, 2006–2015
  • Recipient of the National Bar Association's Gertrude E. Rush Award, 2013

Education

  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 1986
  • B.A., Political Science, With Honors, New Jersey City University, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court