“I was getting a divorce and Julia Corbett was highly recommended by other professionals that I use for advice and services. She was always well prepared and very thorough in every thing she did.  She presented my position factually and understandably.  She also countered ambiguous, unclear and gray positions in a  manner that was very effective.  Thus I ended up with a fair and equitable settlement.”

JL – Divorce Client

Julia Ketcham Corbett has more than 25 years of experience helping a diverse group of clients, focusing on employment law, general civil litigation, family law and mediation. 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 and counseling to her business clients regarding the complex and ever-changing legal relationship between an employer and its employees. She also conducts internal investigations, represents businesses responding to administrative (EEOC/MDHR) charges, drafts and reviews a wide variety of employment-related documents such as 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 litigation practice, Julia is hired directly by businesses and by their insurers in a wide-variety of employment litigation matters. 

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 family, probate and employment law cases as well as other types of cases. She has also provided training on a number of family-law related topics, such as child support, child custody and family law mediation.


Julia Corbett

Practice Areas

Family Law


  • 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)

Bar Admissions

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


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

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 – 2020

Appointed Administrative Hearing Officer
City of Mankato

Minnesota Business and Professional Women’s Young Careerist

Named a “Rising Star” in the Legal Profession
by Minnesota Law & Politics


Honored as a “Woman of Distinction” award recipient
by the Mankato YWCA

Greater Mankato

Recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award”

by Greater Mankato Growth

Who’s Who in Family Law

Law & Politics “Top Recoveries of the Year,” 2004

  • “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 Answered,” 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.
  • Greater Mankato Growth, former Executive Committee, Board, and Chair
  • Greater Mankato Growth, Community Navigator Steering Committee
  • Harry Meyering Center, Board of Directors
  • Prior member of the Board of Directors of Minnesota Women Lawyers, Mankato Area United Way, Educare Foundation, and the Mankato Basketball Association

Contact Julia Today

Mankato Office