Will Corbett is director of litigation, where he oversees CRL’s involvement in litigation in federal and state courts. Will coordinates CRL’s amicus program, determines when CRL engages in direct litigation, and advises CRL staff and stakeholders on developments in other litigation matters. In addition, Will provides analysis on a broad range of consumer issues and federal administrative matters.
Will is a native North Carolinian who began his legal career working for Legal Aid of North Carolina. Over five years, he practiced in over thirty different North Carolina counties, working in New Bern, Winston-Salem (for a non-profit that later merged with Legal Aid), and Durham. He focused on consumer and community development law, becoming one of Legal Aid’s experts on consumer law. In 2008, he began serving as a counsel to the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks, where he helped secure legislative passage and implementation of the North Carolina Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Mortgage Licensing Act and the State Home Foreclosure Prevention Project. The latter was a first of its kind State effort to help homeowners facing foreclosure. Will set up the project, hiring staff, recruiting a network of counselors and legal services organizations to help borrowers. In 2010, he became director of the project, which saved thousands of North Carolinian’s homes from foreclosure. In 2011, Will joined the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. First, in its Office of Enforcement, he served as lead counsel on some of the CFPB’s earliest cases, including the Bureau’s first enforcement action and its first joint action with State Attorneys General. Later, Will served as a senior counsel in the Office of Regulations where he was one of the lead attorneys in charge of development of national mortgage servicing standards and helped guide the CFPB’s enforcement of the prohibition against unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices.
Will received his undergraduate and law degree from the University of North Carolina. During law school, he was director of the student-run Carolina Law Pro Bono Program and was inducted into Carolina Law’s Davis Society in recognition of his service to the School of Law and the community. Will enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, cooking, and being outdoors.