Corbett, Anderson, Corbett, Vellinga & Irvin, L.L.P.

The law firm of Corbett, Anderson, Corbett, Vellinga & Irvin, L.L.P. is the oldest law firm in Sioux City, Iowa. It was established in 1896 when Edward M. Corbett began his practice in Sioux City. Edward, the son of Irish immigrants named Maloney, was born in Elizabeth City, New Jersey, in 1868. At a young age, his parents died of tuberculosis and Edward was sent west on an orphan train. He was eventually taken in by a family in Cherokee County, Iowa, named Corbett. While never formally adopted, Edward became known by his neighbors as the "Corbett kid" and he used the name of his foster parents.

After the death of his foster parents, Edward moved to Sioux City where he attended Morningside College. While in school, he worked for Sioux City attorney, Prince Albert Sawyer, in exchange for room and board. He graduated from Morningside in 1894 and then attended the University of Iowa College of Law. He established his own practice in a building at the corner of 4th and Nebraska Streets in Sioux City. He practiced law in Sioux City until his death in 1940.

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