KENNETH O. CORLEY
Partner
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KENNETH O. CORLEY Partner
Kenny Corley is managing partner of the firm’s Houston office.  His practice is focused on litigation and trial advocacy, with an emphasis on environmental and business disputes in state and federal trial courts.

Kenny’s practice includes representing energy sector companies, ports and governmental entities, major transportation corporations, terminal railways, and other landowners and area businesses.  It includes both significant environmental litigation and a wide array of complex business and commercial disputes.

In the environmental litigation arena, Kenny represents the San Diego Unified Port District as lead trial counsel in public nuisance litigation arising from polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination of San Diego Bay, culminating in a $550 million class action settlement pending approval.  Kenny also serves governmental and industry clients dealing with challenges resulting from PFAS, PFOS and AFFF contamination, including the State of North Carolina in connection with contamination of the Cape Fear River.  Kenny’s work for North Carolina includes establishing liability for multiple pollution sources and exposed natural resources against responsible parties following complex corporate restructurings.  Kenny serves the State of Montana as lead litigation counsel in connection with natural resource damages resulting from operation of the infamous Libby Mine, where widespread asbestos and metals contamination devastated a community and surrounding natural resources.  Kenny leads efforts for Montana to evaluate and quantify damages to terrestrial and aquatic resources in and around Rainy Creek and pursue those claims in a contested bankruptcy context.  Kenny also served on the team representing the state of New Jersey in major litigation concerning dioxin contamination of the Passaic River, resulting in settlement worth hundreds of millions of dollars.  Kenny also actively represents San Diego Unified Port District as lead counsel in various land use and lease dispute matters involving contamination of land and water.

Kenny has over 15 years of broad and deep commercial litigation experience, encompassing actions involving complex contract disputes, energy-related litigation and royalty disputes, 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.  Kenny recently successfully litigated a royalty dispute arbitration to a multimillion dollar award on behalf of a large mineral interest holder.  Kenny further represents a terminal railway in a broad array of land use-related litigation and counseling.  Kenny currently advises an multinational energy and technology infrastructure company in various ongoing disputes involving land and water use.

Kenny recently obtained a multimillion dollar arbitration liability award against a major energy company for underpayment of royalties, including declaratory relief concerning future deductions of post-production expenses.  He also obtained a complete defense jury verdict in favor of an real estate developer 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 and successfully achieved dismissal of appeal.

Professional Activities

The Arbor School (arbor.org), board of trustees, 2015
 
Obtained a multimillion dollar arbitration liability award against a major energy company for underpayment of royalties, including declaratory relief concerning future deductions of post-production expenses.

Obtained a complete defense jury verdict in favor of an real estate developer 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. Successfully achieved dismissal of appeal.

Successfully led PCB litigation against Monsanto, including oral arguments on behalf of the San Diego Unified Port District, preserving liability and damages claims for PCB contamination of San Diego Bay, ultimately resulting in $550 million class action settlement.

Conducted oral arguments on behalf of North Carolina in litigation against DuPont and Chemours for contamination of the Cape Fear River.

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

Defended numerous CERCLA potentially responsible parties and defendants against contribution claims in contaminated oil recovery site.

Successfully defended CERCLA cost-recovery 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.

Represented local and multinational entities in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

Obtained a unanimous jury verdict in a breach of contract and fraud trial.
 
Recommended in US Legal 500 for his work in the Environment Litigation area, 2020-2022.

Recognized as a Rising Star by Thomson Reuters for Texas Super Lawyers since 2010.
 

About

Kenny Corley is managing partner of the firm’s Houston office.  His practice is focused on litigation and trial advocacy, with an emphasis on environmental and business disputes in state and federal trial courts.

Kenny’s practice includes representing energy sector companies, ports and governmental entities, major transportation corporations, terminal railways, and other landowners and area businesses.  It includes both significant environmental litigation and a wide array of complex business and commercial disputes.

In the environmental litigation arena, Kenny represents the San Diego Unified Port District as lead trial counsel in public nuisance litigation arising from polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination of San Diego Bay, culminating in a $550 million class action settlement pending approval.  Kenny also serves governmental and industry clients dealing with challenges resulting from PFAS, PFOS and AFFF contamination, including the State of North Carolina in connection with contamination of the Cape Fear River.  Kenny’s work for North Carolina includes establishing liability for multiple pollution sources and exposed natural resources against responsible parties following complex corporate restructurings.  Kenny serves the State of Montana as lead litigation counsel in connection with natural resource damages resulting from operation of the infamous Libby Mine, where widespread asbestos and metals contamination devastated a community and surrounding natural resources.  Kenny leads efforts for Montana to evaluate and quantify damages to terrestrial and aquatic resources in and around Rainy Creek and pursue those claims in a contested bankruptcy context.  Kenny also served on the team representing the state of New Jersey in major litigation concerning dioxin contamination of the Passaic River, resulting in settlement worth hundreds of millions of dollars.  Kenny also actively represents San Diego Unified Port District as lead counsel in various land use and lease dispute matters involving contamination of land and water.

Kenny has over 15 years of broad and deep commercial litigation experience, encompassing actions involving complex contract disputes, energy-related litigation and royalty disputes, 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.  Kenny recently successfully litigated a royalty dispute arbitration to a multimillion dollar award on behalf of a large mineral interest holder.  Kenny further represents a terminal railway in a broad array of land use-related litigation and counseling.  Kenny currently advises an multinational energy and technology infrastructure company in various ongoing disputes involving land and water use.

Kenny recently obtained a multimillion dollar arbitration liability award against a major energy company for underpayment of royalties, including declaratory relief concerning future deductions of post-production expenses.  He also obtained a complete defense jury verdict in favor of an real estate developer 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 and successfully achieved dismissal of appeal.

Professional Activities

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

Experience

Obtained a multimillion dollar arbitration liability award against a major energy company for underpayment of royalties, including declaratory relief concerning future deductions of post-production expenses.

Obtained a complete defense jury verdict in favor of an real estate developer 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. Successfully achieved dismissal of appeal.

Successfully led PCB litigation against Monsanto, including oral arguments on behalf of the San Diego Unified Port District, preserving liability and damages claims for PCB contamination of San Diego Bay, ultimately resulting in $550 million class action settlement.

Conducted oral arguments on behalf of North Carolina in litigation against DuPont and Chemours for contamination of the Cape Fear River.

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

Defended numerous CERCLA potentially responsible parties and defendants against contribution claims in contaminated oil recovery site.

Successfully defended CERCLA cost-recovery 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.

Represented local and multinational entities in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

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

Honors

Recommended in US Legal 500 for his work in the Environment Litigation area, 2020-2022.

Recognized as a Rising Star by Thomson Reuters for Texas Super Lawyers since 2010.