M. Carmel Corcoran

  • Partner
  • Law School of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns
  • Admitted: New York
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From Grand Halls to Grand Central

Originally from Ireland, Carmel is a graduate of the Law School of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, where she was conferred with the degree of Barrister-at-Law. It was there that she met her future husband, a native New Yorker and one of the first Americans to study at the prestigious institution.

They journeyed back to the U.S. together, intending to stay just long enough to gain admission to the New York State Bar. Many years, and two teenagers later, they are still calling New York home, Brooklyn to be exact, and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

“What’s not to love about a city as diverse and vibrant as this?” she asks.

Not that there aren’t fond (and funny) memories of her time spent in Dublin. Founded in 1551 during the reign of Henry VIII, King’s Inns remains the only institution in Ireland to educate future barristers. Many of its customs remain firmly intact, including the requirement of students to attend formal dinners in the Grand Hall.

“These dinners were steeped in tradition with students wearing gowns and bowing when senior judges entered the dining hall. It was very Harry Potter-like except we studied law, not sorcery.”

It wasn’t until the mid-1990s that central heat was installed. Before then, frigid temps in the dining hall had students warming their hands on dinner plates. “Sometimes, fellow students would slip plates under their robes just to warm up,” Carmel recalls with a laugh.

These days, Carmel is the busy mother of a son, 18, and a daughter, 16, who inspired her to serve on the Board at Magic Box Productions, a not-for-profit organization bringing the visual arts to New York City elementary and middle schools.

Highly accomplished in her field, Carmel is admitted to all of the Courts of Ireland, New York State Courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. District Courts of New York, Southern, and Eastern Districts.

Before joining Jones Jones in 1997, Carmel was an associate at a boutique firm specializing in real estate law and commercial transactional law, representing a funding company that financed the purchase of New York City taxicab medallions.

At Jones, Carmel has had extensive experience representing clients at Workers’ Compensation Boards across the New York metropolitan area, and is also the partner who heads the firm’s appeals department and oversees the settlement department. She is also a founding member of the Irish American Bar Association of New York—serving and celebrating New York’s legal professionals who are Irish born, of Irish heritage, or simply interested in things Irish.

Contact M. Carmel Corcoran at ccorcoran@jonesjonesllc.com