I’m officially named "Corbett Allen Luedeman." I prefer to be called "Corey" by my family, friends, co-workers, peers, and clients. I grew up in Central City, Iowa. I’m the oldest of five children. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, the only woman that I have ever dated. We are the parents of three boys. I was the first child to graduate college in either my immediate or extended families.
Who do you represent?
I represent people who are unable to work because of their physical or mental health conditions. All too often the disabled are denied disability benefits by the Social Security Administration. I try to help those who have been denied disability benefits to appeal and obtain the benefits that they deserve.
Did you have any life-changing experiences that put you on the path that led you to be doing what you’re doing today?
My father and mother graduated high school and worked blue-collar jobs raising five children. I witnessed my parents trying to help others in life, make their own mistakes, while at the same time doing their best to provide the family with the necessities of food, clothing, and shelter. Unfortunately, I have witnessed multiple times where my parents could have used the services of a lawyer, but were unable to obtain the services of an attorney to assist them. When I decided to go to law school I knew what I wanted to do from the moment that I began. I wanted to represent people in need of assistance from all walks of life, and from diverse economic and socio-economic backgrounds. I wanted to represent people who tried very hard to do the right thing, may have made some mistakes along the way, but were doing the best that they could no matter if they were rich or poor.
What motivates you to do what you do?
My motivation is quite simple. I wake up every day to try to help others to not have to endure the challenges of life without access to competent legal assistance. I have witnessed many events in life that have touched my family or friends, even strangers, and changed lives. I don’t want someone who wants and needs assistance to be without help, if at all possible. If I can help someone through a tough time it helps me sleep well at night.
What do you do when you are not working as an attorney?
I enjoy spending time with my family. We like to hunt morel mushrooms each spring and to go fishing in the summer. Each of my sons like different things, one likes to look at Star Wars toys, another likes to look at the old comic book collection, and the third likes to look at baseball cards. I have taught religious education for many years on Wednesday evenings during the school year for the local Catholic Church.
If you weren’t an attorney, what would you be doing?
I probably would have been a social worker. I think that social workers assist in helping others from all walks of life to try to work through difficult times in their lives.
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