Robert Corbisier began his career working with then-Senator Frank H. Murkowski in Washington, D.C., where he had responsibility for environmental issues while Sen. Murkowski held chairmanship of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. While in law school, Robert clerked for a firm in Anchorage, and assisted government affairs consultant Jack Ferguson in Washington, D.C., focusing on Alaskan issues. He remained in policy after graduation, accepting appointments first as the Special Assistant to the Attorney General, and then as a Special Assistant to the Governor. During his time in Juneau, he was responsible for policy on environmental issues, rural justice, the Alaska Railroad, Canada, and several state departments including the Department of Law. He served as the state staff to the Rural Justice Commission, co-chaired a subsistence policy task force, and wrote the state’s amicus brief in Hale v. Norton.
He left Juneau in 2007 to develop courtroom skills with the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office. While there, he completed numerous jury trials and several bench trials, including trying cases in rural communities, in addition to handling an appeal and post-conviction relief applications. Corbisier’s caseload and work environment required near-daily courtroom appearances.
At Reeves Amodio, he has backed up the firm’s environmental and resources practice, as well as taken a litigation and transactional caseload. He handles contaminated sites, advises mining clients, oil and gas financing matters, and has developed a significant property law caseload, including prevailing in two trials over access rights and to quiet title. Corbisier’s real property work is complemented by his experience in transactions, contract disputes, and corporate matters. He is intimately familiar with Alaska’s public lands and resources databases.
In addition to his legal and policy experience, Mr. Corbisier is a graduate of MIT, where he majored in architecture. As a result, he has a fundamental knowledge of building technology, structure, and construction, as well as bringing a general science background to the firm and the ability to communicate with engineers. This was a particular benefit to a property development client needing to assert claims for negligent construction practices.
Mr. Corbisier is a graduate of Vermont Law School, consistently recognized as the nation’s top school for environmental law, where he served as an editor on the Vermont Law Review. Prior to graduating, he published an article in the Alaska Law Review related to correlative rights on Alaska’s North Slope oil fields, and how that could influence opening ANWR. He also served on the school’s ABA Negotiations competition and ABA Client Counseling competition regional teams.
His experience as a prosecutor fostered an interest in firearms, and since engaging in private practice, Mr. Corbisier has been sought out to teach the legal portion for concealed weapons permit classes. Mr. Corbisier is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation who is involved in a Southeast Alaska-based multicultural Native dance group. He received a Tlingit-Teikweidi name in Angoon. Rob has a strong interest in Alaska Native/American Indian law.