Corey E. Devine  »  Partner
Corey represents a broad range of businesses, large and small, in all facets of labor and employment law. He maintains an active litigation, arbitration, and appellate practice and has handled a number of high visibility and impact matters. Corey regularly litigates discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, and employment-related tort and contract claims. He also focuses a significant portion of his practice on advising management on employment-related issues and providing guidance to employers regarding compliance with state and federal statutes and regulations.

Representative Experience

Employment Litigation

  • Handled all aspects of employment litigation, including representing clients at hearings; preparing motions and briefs; taking and defending depositions; preparing witnesses for deposition and trial; drafting and responding to all forms of discovery; and negotiating settlement terms.
  • Second-chaired Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower retaliation trial for international energy services client
  • Obtained summary judgment on numerous discrimination and retaliation claims in state and federal courts
  • Assisted in defense of cutting-edge ERISA retaliation case for major international airline
  • Defended and prosecuted numerous breach of contract claims involving restrictive covenants, such as non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, in state and federal courts

Administrative Claims

  • Successfully handled administrative investigation and obtained dismissal of numerous Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower retaliation claims
  • Routinely advised clients on avoidance and defense of claims arising under whistleblower protection provisions of state and federal laws

Appellate

  • Obtained writ of mandamus ordering state district court to reverse its decision denying international energy services client’s motion to compel arbitration
  • Successfully defended appeal before the U.S. Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board of administrative law judge’s decision dismissing Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower retaliation claims on extraterritoriality grounds

Arbitration

  • Successfully compelled numerous employment-related lawsuits to arbitration in federal and state courts
  • Assisted in design and enforcement of dispute resolution programs for international energy services clients
  • Obtained summary judgment on ERISA denial of benefits claim for international energy services client

Counseling

  • Counseled clients on a broad array of employment issues, including employee privacy; drafted employee manuals and employment policies, including in developing areas such as blogging, social media, and GPS surveillance
  • Presented training programs on avoiding discrimination and retaliation claims

Immigration

  • Successfully obtained employment-based work visas
  • Routinely advised clients on all employment-related aspects of immigration law

Activities and Bar Memberships

  • Listed: “Texas Rising Star,” Texas Monthly, 2011-2012
  • Member: Houston Young Lawyer’s Association; Houston Bar Association; Houston Bar Association AIDS Outreach Commission (2008-2009; Co-chair 2009)
  • Member: Miller Outdoor Theatre Advisory Board (Appointed by Mayor Annise Parker 2011); Montrose Counseling Center Board of Directors (2006-2012; Board Chair 2009-2010)
  • Author: Workplace Harassment Law, Chapter 28, “Harassment Claims under Common Law,” Lindemann & Kadue, 2012; “Privacy in the Employment Relationship,” PLC Private Practice Note, March 2012; “1984 All Over Again? A Summary Guide to the Benefits and Potential Legal Pitfalls of GPS Surveillance in the Workplace,” Media Law Resource Center Employment Law Committee Report, October 2011; “Invasion of the Blogs: An Introductory Survival Guide for Assessing, Addressing, and Managing Employee Blogs and Other Alien Publication Life Forms,” Media Law Resource Center Employment Law Committee Report, March 2009; “Selected Issues in Avoiding and Defending Whistleblower Retaliation Claims,” The American Employment Law Council Annual Meeting, October 2008..
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 2006; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Education and Background

  • Attorney, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston, Texas, Employment Litigation & Labor Section, 2006-2012
  • 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