After serving as a federal prosecutor for over 30 years, Keith Corbett joined the Barone Defense Firm as an of counsel attorney. Mr. Corbett’s extensive prosecutorial experience has brought an invaluable perspective to the firm, which is translating into success for our clients. Since beginning his tenure with the Barone Defense Firm, Mr. Corbett has represented hundreds of accused drunk drivers, compassionately advocating for the rights of his clients with remarkable results in both negotiations and trials.
In 1974, Mr. Corbett graduated from the Notre Dame Law School and was admitted to the Michigan Bar. He then went on to work as the Chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Division for the U.S. Federal Attorney’s office. Mr. Corbett was honored by receiving the Executive Director’s award for “Outstanding Trial Practice” from the Executive Office of the U.S. Attorney.
Because of his superior trial strategy and record of courtroom success, Mr. Corbett has been asked to teach trial tactics to attorneys at the University of Michigan School of Law and at The Department of Justice in South Carolina, Brazil, Uzbekistan, and Germany.
I have been practicing law for almost 40 years now and for 35 of those years, I was a prosecutor—mostly in the federal system—for about 31 years. When I retired from government service, my area of expertise was criminal law but I didn’t really feel comfortable representing drug dealers, and organized crime figures, and significant criminals. So I was looking around for something where I could use the skills I had developed as a prosecutor and trial attorney in a context that would make me feel personally comfortable. And when the opportunity to work at the Barone Defense Firm came, knowing that they specialize in DUI and OWI cases, I felt that this was an area where I can do some good.
Most of the people that we would be representing are solid citizens who may have made a particular poor decision on a particular day and we do not want to see their lives ruined as a result of that. So I was very interested in getting into it. Because looking back on my own life when I was younger—I mean, in some instances, there but for the grace of God go I. And I realized that people shouldn’t lose their entire lives for one mistake. And a drunk driving offense can really hurt somebody. So I enjoy the opportunity to help people overcome a poor decision, and move on, and put themselves in a position where they can go forward with their lives.