KENNETH O. CORLEY
Partner
KENNETH O. CORLEY Partner
I am dedicated to providing my clients with total quality legal counsel and litigation strategy that is focused on achieving the right result, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable acrimony.

Kenneth Corley’s practice is focused on litigation and trial advocacy, with an emphasis on environmental and business disputes in state and federal trial courts.

Kenny’s environmental practice includes representing energy companies, major transportation corporations, private litigants, area businesses and governmental entities in disputes concerning contaminated land and water.  His representation has ranged from significant pollution events to historical contamination of area industrial properties and real estate.  Kenny also defended energy sector clients against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)EPA RCRA enforcement actions, as well as defended Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) claims against a railroad that resulted in a complete dismissal on summary judgment.  In addition, he defended numerous companies in Superfund litigation.  Kenny served on the team representing the state of New Jersey in major litigation concerning the contamination of the Passaic River, resulting in one of the most significant cost-recovery and damages settlements ever obtained.

Kenny’s business litigation experience is broad and deep.  His commercial litigation practice encompasses actions involving complex contract disputes, energy-related litigation, fraudulent transfer and alter ego claims, negligence, personal injury, fraud, tortious interference, defamation, trade secret and noncompetition disputes, partnership disputes, director and officer liability, and real estate disputes.  Notably, Kenny delivers effective and proven trial skills, particularly involving high-stakes and complex disputes.  He recently obtained a complete defense jury verdict, after nearly two weeks of trial, resolving a multimillion-dollar limited partnership dispute over a failed real estate development in the Houston area.

In addition, Kenny successfully represented a public entity in fraudulent transfer, alter ego and corporate misconduct claims against various multinational entities involving a myriad of complex international finance and accounting transactions.  In multiple cases, Kenny accomplished various injunctions preventing diminution or transfer of assets held by the defendants in several fraudulent transfer, fraud and theft liability actions.  He also aggressively defended fraud and alter ego claims leveled against a heavy equipment business in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding, as well as obtained a unanimous jury verdict in a breach of contract and fraud trial.

No matter the client or the case, Kenny always takes into account his client’s objectives.  From the outset of each matter, Kenny is focused on understanding what his clients consider to be the goal of his representation.  As a result, Kenny designs litigation, pretrial and trial strategies that meet each client’s expectations and litigation needs and is therefore most appreciated for his ability to analyze client problems with the finish line in mind.

Professional Activities

The Arbor School (arbor.org), board of trustees, 2015

Obtained a complete defense jury verdict in favor of an individual in Galveston County District Court after nearly two weeks of trial.  The jury verdict resolved a multimillion-dollar limited partnership dispute over a failed real estate development south of Houston.

Defended petrochemical industry clients against an EPA RCRA enforcement action and advised the company regarding compliance protocols.

Successfully defended CERCLA claims against a railroad, resulting in the dismissal of all claims on summary judgment.

Served on a team representing the state of New Jersey in historic litigation concerning the contamination of the Passaic River, resulting in one of the most significant cost-recovery and damages settlements ever obtained.

Represented a public entity in fraudulent transfer, alter ego and corporate misconduct claims against various multinational entities involving a myriad of complex international finance and accounting transactions.

Represented a major energy client in a hotly contested fraud, breach of contract, theft and business disparagement litigation.

In multiple cases, accomplished various injunctions preventing diminution or transfer of assets held by the defendants in several fraudulent transfer, fraud and theft liability actions.

Successfully defended fraud and alter ego claims leveled against a heavy equipment business in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding.

Represented multinational entities in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

Obtained a unanimous jury verdict in a breach of contract and fraud trial.

Secured a reverse and render judgment from the court of appeals, dismissing claims against the client.

Mr. Corley has been recognized as a Rising Star by Thomson Reuters for Texas Super Lawyers since 2010.

About

Kenneth Corley’s practice is focused on litigation and trial advocacy, with an emphasis on environmental and business disputes in state and federal trial courts.

Kenny’s environmental practice includes representing energy companies, major transportation corporations, private litigants, area businesses and governmental entities in disputes concerning contaminated land and water.  His representation has ranged from significant pollution events to historical contamination of area industrial properties and real estate.  Kenny also defended energy sector clients against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)EPA RCRA enforcement actions, as well as defended Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) claims against a railroad that resulted in a complete dismissal on summary judgment.  In addition, he defended numerous companies in Superfund litigation.  Kenny served on the team representing the state of New Jersey in major litigation concerning the contamination of the Passaic River, resulting in one of the most significant cost-recovery and damages settlements ever obtained.

Kenny’s business litigation experience is broad and deep.  His commercial litigation practice encompasses actions involving complex contract disputes, energy-related litigation, fraudulent transfer and alter ego claims, negligence, personal injury, fraud, tortious interference, defamation, trade secret and noncompetition disputes, partnership disputes, director and officer liability, and real estate disputes.  Notably, Kenny delivers effective and proven trial skills, particularly involving high-stakes and complex disputes.  He recently obtained a complete defense jury verdict, after nearly two weeks of trial, resolving a multimillion-dollar limited partnership dispute over a failed real estate development in the Houston area.

In addition, Kenny successfully represented a public entity in fraudulent transfer, alter ego and corporate misconduct claims against various multinational entities involving a myriad of complex international finance and accounting transactions.  In multiple cases, Kenny accomplished various injunctions preventing diminution or transfer of assets held by the defendants in several fraudulent transfer, fraud and theft liability actions.  He also aggressively defended fraud and alter ego claims leveled against a heavy equipment business in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding, as well as obtained a unanimous jury verdict in a breach of contract and fraud trial.

No matter the client or the case, Kenny always takes into account his client’s objectives.  From the outset of each matter, Kenny is focused on understanding what his clients consider to be the goal of his representation.  As a result, Kenny designs litigation, pretrial and trial strategies that meet each client’s expectations and litigation needs and is therefore most appreciated for his ability to analyze client problems with the finish line in mind.

Professional Activities

The Arbor School (arbor.org), board of trustees, 2015

Experience

Obtained a complete defense jury verdict in favor of an individual in Galveston County District Court after nearly two weeks of trial.  The jury verdict resolved a multimillion-dollar limited partnership dispute over a failed real estate development south of Houston.

Defended petrochemical industry clients against an EPA RCRA enforcement action and advised the company regarding compliance protocols.

Successfully defended CERCLA claims against a railroad, resulting in the dismissal of all claims on summary judgment.

Served on a team representing the state of New Jersey in historic litigation concerning the contamination of the Passaic River, resulting in one of the most significant cost-recovery and damages settlements ever obtained.

Represented a public entity in fraudulent transfer, alter ego and corporate misconduct claims against various multinational entities involving a myriad of complex international finance and accounting transactions.

Represented a major energy client in a hotly contested fraud, breach of contract, theft and business disparagement litigation.

In multiple cases, accomplished various injunctions preventing diminution or transfer of assets held by the defendants in several fraudulent transfer, fraud and theft liability actions.

Successfully defended fraud and alter ego claims leveled against a heavy equipment business in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding.

Represented multinational entities in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

Obtained a unanimous jury verdict in a breach of contract and fraud trial.

Secured a reverse and render judgment from the court of appeals, dismissing claims against the client.

Honors

Mr. Corley has been recognized as a Rising Star by Thomson Reuters for Texas Super Lawyers since 2010.

Practices

Speaking Engagements