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Conversations with the Inspiring Chloe Corbett

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chloe Corbett.

Chloe , please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My journey to becoming a licensed attorney started as a precocious young girl in a small North Carolina town. My parents instilled an intense love of books in me, which helped me excel in school. My reading skills were far more advanced than my years. I could analyze and understand concepts before I had ever experienced them in my young life.

In the seventh grade, one of my favorite middle school teachers was a former lawyer who greatly impacted my life. She decided our class would put on a mock trial competition. She chose me to be one of the lawyers. I was surprised she chose me but extremely excited. My father was in law school so I could not wait to tell my parents the news. I remember my father reading my opening statement, helping me draft the questions of my witnesses, and giving me advice on how to do a great closing argument. After the competition, she told me something that has stuck with me. She said, “Chloe, you are a leader, not a follower.” Even as a pre-teen, those simple words have instilled confidence in me, and I still speak it over myself to this day.

In addition to some great teachers, my parents had the biggest impact on me becoming a lawyer. They stressed education. They didn’t allow my brother and me to watch television after school. Academic failure was not an option; my parents expected excellence. Because of their high expectations, I graduated in the top 7% of my high school class. I was accepted into the University of Texas at Austin (UT) and eventually graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). More on my tenure at UT in a moment. Before college, my dad became a lawyer, so he inspired me to become a lawyer too.

After graduating from UTA in December 2012, I attended Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston. The professors and classmates I met on that campus also played a huge role in my journey. I’m so thankful for my love of books and good parents giving me the mindset to dream. What I imagined as a young girl turned into reality as an adult.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. I learned that setbacks do not define me. Instead, they empower me.

Again, my path has not been easy. As I said above, I attended UT Austin and majored in chemical engineering, which was a huge mistake. I was miserable, severely depressed, ostracized, and dealt with a lot of other issues at UT. My grades suffered profoundly.

Then the unthinkable happened, UT kicked me out of college for a semester for academic reasons. I discovered that engineering was not my true calling. I moved back home and evaluated what I wanted to do with my life.

UT allowed me to re-enroll but after a semester, I decided to transfer to UTA. Also, I changed my major from chemical engineering to psychology and biology. I started excelling again, and eventually graduated and became a licensed attorney.

I want young women who read my story to know that life comes with its share of setbacks, disappointments, and defeats. It is what you do with those setbacks that determine whether you reach your goals and dreams. You can allow them to define you, or you can empower yourself and learn from them. My parents taught me that we either win or learn. We never lose. Nothing is ever a loss if you learn, reflect, analyze, and implement different strategies from the setback. If you have this positive attitude about life, nothing can stop you from completing your journey.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Corbett & Corbett LLP story. Tell us more about it.
After graduating from law school, I became a prosecutor with the City of Dallas and gained valuable trial experience. I prosecuted and tried cases before juries and in front of judges. I learned to properly advocate for justice, research the law, and analyze a case.

However, it was always my dream to practice law with my father. Just recently, we formed Corbett & Corbett LLP in downtown Dallas. We practice personal injury, criminal defense, and family law. We represent the accused, the injured, and families in crisis. I love that I have the privilege to protect, represent, and fight for justice alongside him.

We vowed never to be a regular law firm. We love putting smiles on the faces of our clients. We coined the phrase, “The Corbett Difference,” which is integrity, ingenuity, and industry. These values guide us daily. Another huge virtue we treasure is JUSTICE. People know me as “The Duchess of Justice,” and my father’s motto is “Augustus Gets Justice.”

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
I regularly fill my mind and thoughts with positive and empowering messages. I am a person of faith, so I listen to empowering sermons to feed my spirit. I hear my father’s sermons weekly, and I love listening to TD Jakes. Besides sermons, I love listening to podcasts by other attorneys who inspire me such as the Ultimate Attorney Podcast by Alexis Neely and Draye Redfern, a Dallas local. Todoist is an app that helps me stay on tasks. I don’t read many books for leisure anymore because I’m constantly reading law books such as the Anatomy of A Personal Injury Lawsuit, Texas Evidentiary Foundations, and many others.

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Augustus Corbett

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