Elected Member

Karol Corbin Walker

Newark, NJ
LeClair Ryan
Education
New Jersey City University
Seton Hall University School of Law

Ms. Walker is a member of the Board of Directors of 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 was the first African American female President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, when she was installed in 2012. On June 18, 2015, she became the first African American President of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey.  In August 2015, Ms. Walker was the first New Jersey attorney appointed as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary (“SCFJ”). The SCFJ consists of 15 members who vet every Federal District and Circuit prospective judicial candidate pre-nomination, and every Supreme Court Justice post-nomination.

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.

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Areas of Expertise
Insurance Law
Toxic Torts (Torts Law)
Business Law (Commercial Law)
Commercial Law
Employment Law
Environmental Law
Products Liability (Torts Law)