Corbin J. Walker is a founding Member of Brannen & Walker, Attorneys at Law. He has been licensed to practice law in North Carolina since 2012. Since that time Mr. Walker has predominately practiced law in Cabarrus County and throughout the surrounding Piedmont Region. In 2019, he was named as a Top 40 under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyer in North Carolina by the National Trials Lawyers. Mr. Walker has successfully defended clients in matters ranging from homicide to simple drug possession.
Corbin is a proud member of a working-class family from Saginaw, MI with deep roots in the American Auto Industry and the United Automobile Workers labor union. While in high school, Corbin was a standout athlete in both Football and Track & Field. After graduating from Bridgeport High School, he attended Northern Michigan University, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, from 2003-2007. While at NMU, he earned a Bachelor of Science in English Literature and was a member of the NMU Football Team. During his senior year with the NMU Football Team, Corbin was named a rotating team captain by the coaching staff. Corbin also studied Physical Education while at NMU, focusing in “Adapted PE” for individuals with disabilities.
Upon graduation from NMU, Corbin relocated to the Metro Detroit Area and briefly worked as a Management Trainee with Ryder Truck Rental in Highland Park, MI. Seeking to fulfill a lifelong goal and pursue what he felt a more purposeful career, Corbin decided to enroll in law school in 2008, beginning his legal education at the University of Detroit Mercy: School of Law. Mr. Walker was active in the UDM student government, twice holding the role of class representative and serving as the Black Law Students Association Vice-President. Corbin was drawn to UDM due to the school’s Jesuit principles rooted in respect for all human dignity and its practical approach to the legal education.
After Mr. Walker’s first year in law school, he had the opportunity to work for an AM 200 law firm as a Summer Associate. Corbin was placed with the law firm via the Floyd Skinner Bar Association, Minority Clerkship Program. Working out the Grand Rapids office of the law firm, he had an invaluable experience amongst some of the most experienced and respected lawyers in the profession. Corbin’s primary responsibilities entailed legal research for the law firm’s wide range of corporate clientele. Assignments he contributed towards involved matters ranging from drafting contracts for “green” commercial facilities to large scale corporate bankruptcies.
During Corbin’s second year in law school, he worked as a legal extern in Detroit’s 36th District Court (one of America’s busiest courthouses), with the Misdemeanor Defender’s Office PC. Under the supervision of licensed Michigan lawyers, Corbin represented indigent clients and gained experience in all phases of a criminal proceeding, from client intake to trial.
Upon graduation from UDM in 2011, Corbin relocated to North Carolina to begin his legal career. Not long after passing the bar, Mr. Walker incorporated Brannen & Walker, Attorneys at Law in December of 2012. Establishing the law firm in Cabarrus County was a natural fit for Corbin, as he found the community astoundingly similar to the one in which he was raised. Like many lawyers before him, Corbin viewed Criminal Defense as the quickest avenue into the courtroom to display his array of skill sets as a lawyer.
Mr. Walker quickly established a reputation in the local community as a fierce and thoughtful advocate. His work with the law firm is primarily geared towards litigation, particularly, felony level offenses. In addition to Criminal Defense, Corbin’s current practice areas are curtailed to limited matters within Business Law, Personal Injury, Abuse Neglect and Dependency, and Civil Rights.
Mr. Walker prides himself in taking a wholistic and individual approach to every client he represents. Corbin’s clients are most often pleased with his straight-forward and practical advice as it pertains to their legal matters.
Mr. Walker formerly was an executive board member to the Cabarrus County Bar Association, serving as Secretary in 2019. In the latter part of 2019, he was appointed to a two-year term as a committee member to the Cabarrus County Indigent Defenses Services Committee. Additionally, Corbin was a member of the 2019 Mecklenburg County Bar, Lawyers Basketball League, Championship Team.
Outside of Corbin’s professional dealings, he enjoys traveling, golf, basketball, taking in live sporting events, practices yoga and a loyal follower of his Detroit Lions, Pistons, Tigers and Red Wings. As a self-professed “homer,” a few local sports teams, who will remain unnamed, have also grown on Corbin over the years as well.