Corey E. Devine

Employers seek Corey out for his responsiveness, sound judgment, and deep understanding of the employment laws. His clients value his superb communication and advocacy skills and his practical, business-minded approach to tough employment-related problems. He focuses his practice on traditional employment, wage and hour, and unfair competition disputes and counseling, especially for clients in the energy industry.

Corey is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has consistently been recognized as a Texas “Rising Star” in defending employers in employment-related disputes.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
Litigation
  • Second-chaired Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower retaliation trial for international energy services client
  • Obtained summary judgment on sex, race, disability, and retaliation claims asserted in state and federal courts
  • Obtained rare denial of conditional certification in FLSA collective action for energy services firm
  • Defended and prosecuted dozens of breach of contract claims arising from confidentiality, non-compete, and non-solicit agreements in state and federal courts
Administrative Claims
  • Successfully handled administrative investigation and obtained dismissal of numerous whistleblower complaints filed with OSHA
Government Investigations
  • Successfully managed DOL Wage & Hour Division investigations and audits, including for international oilfield services client and international infrastructure construction client
Appeals
  • Successfully obtained writ of mandamus ordering state district court to reverse decision denying international energy services client’s motion to compel arbitration
  • Successfully obtained writ of mandamus ordering state district court judge to modify order on oilfield services client’s motion to compel discovery
Arbitration
  • Successfully compelled dozens of employment-related lawsuits to arbitration in federal and state courts
Counseling
  • Frequently design and conduct employee trainings on discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment
  • Advise clients daily on thorny employment-related issues, including high-risk terminations, reductions in force, and wage-and-hour-related issues
Investigations
  • Conducted dozens of investigations in response to employee complaints received by clients, including sensitive claims of harassment and sexual assault
EDUCATION
  • Tulane Law School, J.D. summa cum laude, 2006 (Order of the Coif; Senior Notes & Comments Editor, Tulane Law Review, Volume 80)
  • Rice University, B.A. Political Science, 2003
BACKGROUND
  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Texas “Rising Star” in Employment Litigation: Defense, 2011-2012, 2014-2019
  • Former Associate, Labor & Employment Section, Vinson & Elkins, LLP
ADMISSIONS
  • Texas, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
MEMBERSHIPS & ACTIVITIES
  • Houston Bar Association Labor & Employment Section Council Member (2015-Present) (Treasurer 2018, Secretary 2019)
  • Rice University Association of Rice Alumni Board Member (2015-Present)
  • Montrose Counseling Center Board of Directors Member (2006-2012, 2019) (Board Chair 2009-2010)
  • Lambda Legal Houston Leadership Committee Member (2016-Present) (Committee Chair 2018-Present)
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