Discovery with Jody A. Corrales
Jody A. Corrales on hoops fandom, look-alike contests and unexpected courtroom phone calls
Published in 2017 Southwest Super Lawyers magazine
By Jody A. Corrales on April 10, 2017
My nickname is … Jojo, but only my close family and friends call me this.
If you were in my office, you’d … admire my University of Arizona basketball signed by Sean Elliott, Steve Kerr, Damon Stoudamire and the 1997 national championship team.
My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I won a Selena look-alike contest my sophomore year in high school.
The lawyer I most admire is … my partner, Michael Urman. He graduated first in his law school class, was editor-in-chief of the law review and is smart as a whip, but is the most down-to-earth person you’ll ever meet.
The quality I most like in a lawyer is … analytic ability.
My career high point (so far) has been … being nominated by two local bankruptcy judges to participate in the prestigious National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ Next Generation Program. I was one of 40 young bankruptcy attorneys nationwide selected to participate.
If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … a psychiatrist or psychologist.
The SCOTUS justice I’d like to meet is … Sonia Sotomayor. Actually, I was recently privileged with the honor to meet her on January 23, 2017. It was a moment I’ll never forget.
The SCOTUS decision I’d overturn is … Bush v. Gore.
A different practice area that intrigues me is … patent law, but I know I could never grasp the technical aspect of the practice.
I can’t believe more people haven’t read … Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
My real-life hero is … my mom. She raised me and my brother as a single parent with only a high school diploma, and gave us a fantastic life. She taught us that anything is possible if you just believe.
My courtroom walk-up song would be … “Started from the Bottom” by Drake.
I get angry when … I see injustice and there is nothing I can do about it.
On my best day I … feel grateful that I get paid for doing what I do.
On my worst day I … feel as if the world is out to get me.
My motto is … “Adapt and overcome.”
The craziest thing I witnessed in a courtroom is … a pro se debtor somehow called in to the courtroom’s open line—reserved for parties and attorneys appearing telephonically—to ask questions about reinstating his previously dismissed bankruptcy case. He started cursing [at] someone standing next to him, completely unaware that everyone could hear him and that there were live court proceedings going on.
The movie line I quote most often is … anything from Legally Blonde. Gotta love Elle Woods.
I wish I had invented … Post-its. Just kidding, but I do like Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion.
The book I just don’t get is … the Harry Potter series.
Nothing cheers me up like … watching my Arizona Wildcats win.
If I won the lottery I’d … continue practicing law. I truly love what I do.
Search attorney feature articles
Other featured articles
In a polarized world, Michael Greene finds his way by focusing on the facts
Four 20-something attorneys on the challenges and the future of law
Mickey Williams went from Army Ranger to repping vets
Find top lawyers with confidence
The Super Lawyers patented selection process is peer influenced and research driven, selecting the top 5% of attorneys to the Super Lawyers lists each year. We know lawyers and make it easy to connect with them.Find a lawyer near you