Kenneth 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 environmental practice includes representing energy companies, major transportation corporations, private litigants, area businesses and governmental entities in disputes. His representation has ranged from significant pollution events to historical contamination of area industrial properties and real estate. Kenny also defends energy sector clients against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and state environmental agency enforcement actions, as well as defends industrial clients in Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Superfund sites. Kenny served on the team representing the state of New Jersey in major litigation concerning dioxin contamination of the Passaic River, resulting in one of the most significant cost-recovery and damages settlements ever obtained. Kenny currently 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. Further, Kenny serves governmental and industry clients dealing with challenges resulting from PFAS, PFOS and AFFF contamination.
Kenny’s commercial litigation experience is also broad and deep, encompassing 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 jury trials. No matter the client or the case, Kenny focuses on client objectives, not just the litigation process. As a result, Kenny designs litigation and trial strategies that pursue each client’s unique expectations and litigation needs.
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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. Successfully achieved dismissal of appeal.
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 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.
Represented terminal railroad in warranty and contract action regarding locomotive fleet.