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Julia Ketcham Corbett

Title: Partner
Phone: 507-345-1166
E-mail: jcorbett@blethenlaw.com

Julia Ketcham Corbett has more than 20 years of experience helping a diverse group of clients, focusing on employment law, general civil litigation and family law. In all areas of her practice, her clients include individuals and small and mid-market companies in a variety of industries, throughout the State of Minnesota.

Julia regularly provides human resource advice to her employer-clients regarding the complex and ever-changing legal relationship between an employer and its employees. She also conducts internal investigations for employers, represents employers responding to administrative (EEOC/MDHR) charges, drafts and reviews employment policies, handbooks, non-competition agreements and employment releases and provides training on a wide variety of employment-related topics. She works proactively with her clients to reduce exposure and avoid employment-related litigation, but is a zealous advocate for her clients when they find themselves confronted with employment litigation claims.

In her family law practice, Julia focuses her practice on dissolutions for high net-worth individuals and other complex financial family-law situations. She also serves as a Rule 114 Qualified Civil and Family Law Mediator and regularly mediates dissolution, paternity and child support cases. She has also provided training on a number of family-law related topics, such as child support, child custody and family law mediation.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota Bar (1994)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (1998)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit (1998)

Memberships

  • 6th District Bar
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

Education

  • Winona State University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1991)
  • Hamline University (J.D., cum laude, 1994)
  • Silver Gavel Honor Society
  • Articles Editor, Hamline Law Review (1993-1994)

Personal Interests

Outside the practice of law, Julia enjoys a very busy life. A long-time athlete, she continues to play volleyball and golf and enjoys pilates and high-intensity interval training. She is the mother of three very active sons and enjoys watching them play football, basketball and baseball. When she has free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband or friends, reading, cooking and volunteering her time to a number of community organizations.

Awards and Honors

  • Named “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics, 2014 – 2017
  • Appointed Administrative Hearing Office, City of Mankato, 2016
  • Minnesota Business and Professional Women’s Young Careerist, Who’s Who in Family Law, Named in Law & Politics “Top Recoveries of the Year”, 2004.
  • Named a “Rising Star” in the Legal Profession by Minnesota Law & Politics
  • Honored as a “Woman of Distinction” award recipient by the Mankato YWCA

Recent Employment Trainings, Articles, Publications and
Speaking Engagements

  • “Work-Life Integration:  Tips to Help You Achieve the Balance You Desire.” Elizabeth Kearney Women’s Leadership Program.
  • “The Lifecycle of a Workplace Investigation.” Southern Minnesota Area Human Resource Association.
  • “You’re Grounded: How to Advise Clients about the Challenges of Moving with Children.” Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Annual Family Law Institute.
  • “Top Mistakes Small Employers Make.” Regus Employment Series.
  • “The New Overtime Rules” How to Prepare and Help Your Clients Prepare for the Coming Changes.” Private presentations to employers and accounting firms.
  • “The Americans With Disabilities Act: Issues and Challenges for the Human Resource Professional.” Southern Minnesota Area Human Resource Association.
  • “Performance Standards and the Disabled Employee: Dealing with the Disabled Employee Who is not Meeting Performance or Behavioral Standards.”
  • “Recognizing and Responding to Protected Class Harassment.”
  • “The Best Hiring and Firing Practices: How to Avoid Liability and Improve Results.” Jean Thorne Employment Series.
  • “The Family and Medical Leave Act: Your Tough Questions Answerd.” Southern Minnesota Area Human Resource Association.
  • “Drug and Alcohol Testing: Drafting, Implementing and Utilizing Policies.”
  • “Reductions in Force: How to legally reduce your workforce.” and “Retaliation Law after Burlington Northern.” Southern Minnesota Area Human Resource Association.
  • “Offensive Behavior: Responding to Sexual Harassment and Race, Color, Creed and National Origin Bias”, Jean Thorne Employment Series.
  • “How Workplace Banter Can Create a Hostile Work Environment” and “Protected Absenteeism.
  • “Bullying in the Workplace: The Next Threat To Employers”, Jean Thorne Employment Series.
  • “The Most Significant Areas of Exposure for Employers”, “Avoiding Charges of Constructive Discharge and Wrongful Termination” and “New and Emerging Employment Law Issues”, Southern Minnesota Area Human Resource Association.
  • “Child Support Basics” Minnesota CLE Family Law Institute.
  • “Navigating the ADA”, Jean Thorne Employment Series.
  • “The Best Hiring and Firing Practices” and “Sexual Harassment Basics”, Minnesota River Builders Association.
  • “Avoiding Employee Litigation”, Greater Mankato  Growth Management Symposium.
  • “Family Law Mediation”, Parents Forever Program.

Organizations/Community Involvement

  • Greater Mankato Growth, Executive Committee, Board, and Past Board Chair
  • Greater Mankato Growth Talent Steering Committee
  • Mankato Sports Commission, Facilities Steering Committee
  • LivingLinks, Inc., Board of Directors

 

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