Cory Halliburton
Shareholder
Cory Halliburton
CONTACT
challiburton@wkpz.com
T: (817) 795-5046
F: (888) 248-4297

Bar Admissions

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • All Texas state courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Cir.
  • U.S. Dist. Cts., North./South. Dist. of Tex.

Civic Involvement

  • Grapevine Chamber of Commerce; Director, Board of Directors 2012-Present; Leadership Committee 2012-Present; Chair, Leadership Grapevine Program 2010-2012
  • Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE); Director/Officer, Board of Directors 2010-Present; Outstanding Board Volunteer Award 2012
  • Grapevine 4B Economic Development Corporation; Director, Board of Directors 2012-Present
  • Fort Worth-Tarrant County Bar Association; Member 2008-Present
  • Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association; FW-TCYLA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award 2013 and Officer; Board of Directors 2008-2010
  • Friends of Bryan Rupprecht “Roo” Foundation (scholarship awards organization); President/Director 2005-Present
  • Timberline Elementary PTA; Board Member 2012; Dad's Club - Member/Leader 2010-2013

Education

  • J.D. Texas Tech University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2003.
  • Jurisprudence Awards Torts, Legal Writing
  • B.A. Texas Tech University, cum laude, 1999

Memberships

  • Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation
    • Director, Board of Directors
  • Fort Worth-Tarrant County Bar Association, Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
    • FW-TCYLA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award 2013
    • Director/Officer FW-TCYLA, Board of Directors
  • Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE)
    • Director/Officer, Board of Directors
    • Outstanding Board Volunteer Award 2012
  • Grapevine Chamber of Commerce
    • Director, Board of Directors
    • Chair, Leadership Grapevine Program
  • Grapevine Chamber Foundation
    • Director/Officer, Board of Directors
  • Grapevine 4B Economic Development Corporation
    • Director, Board of Directors
  • Citizens for a Better Grapevine, Political Action Committee – Member
  • Timberline Elementary School PTA
    • Officer, Board of Directors
    • Timberline Elementary Dad’s Club – Member/Leader
  • Friends of Bryan Rupprecht “Roo” Foundation
    • President/Director, Board of Directors

Additional Information

Professional Presentations / Publications

Developments in Tax-Exemption Issues, Employment Law, and Other
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mid-Council Financial Network, Long Beach, CA, Nov. 2017
 
Independent Contractor vs. Employee (Webinar)
Promotional Products Association International, Aug. 2017
 
To Exempt, or Not to Exempt, that is the FLSA Question (Webinar)
Promotional Products Association International, Aug. 2017
 
Charitable Contributions and Grants Beyond the U.S. Border (professional article)
(Published in Summer 2017 ed. of InSight, a widely circulated publication of The Church Network™ and in the January/February 2017 edition of Today’s CPA, a publication of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants)
 
Product Liability and Indemnification Considerations in the Stream of Commerce (Webinar)
Promotional Products Association International, July 2017
 
Stormin’ the CASL – Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (Webinar)
Promotional Products Association International, June 2017
 
Developments in Tax-Exemption Issues, Employment Law, and Other
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mid-Council Financial Network, Florida, Nov. 2016
 
Minutes Matter – Corporate Minutes Presentation
Nonprofit Study Group, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 2016
 
Employment Law Update and Considerations for Tax-Exempt Entities
Dallas CPA Society – 2016 Convergence Conference, Dallas, Texas, May 2016
 
Leadership Development Workshop – Presentations included Leadership and the Law: Board Chair & Executive Director Roles; and Governance Considerations for Regional Trade Associations
Promotional Products Association International, Irving, Texas
 
Vendor Agreements, Sexual Harassment and Disability Discrimination, Fair Labor Standards Act, and Property Tax Exemptions.
International Shelby Conference, St. Louis, MO, June 2014
 
Candor for the Court and Zealous Client Representation: How to effectively comply with the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct
Texarkana Bar Association, Texarkana, Texas, May 2014
 
Intellectual Property and Tax-Exempt Organizations
Missio-Nexus, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 2013
 
Tax-Exempt Organizations Legal Update and IRS Activity
Texas Society of CPAs, Galveston, Texas, June 2013
 
Nonprofit Organizations Boot Camp
Nonprofit Management Center, Fort Worth, Texas, Aug. 2013
 
Sexual Harassment, How to Manage an Age-Old Problem in Today’s Modern Times
Texas Ministry Conference, Houston, Texas, Feb. 2013
 
10 Legal Concerns Facing Tax-Exempt Organizations
Nonprofit Management Center, Permian Basin, Midland, Texas, Feb. 2013
 
Internal Warfare: Addressing/Resolving Board Discord
University of Texas 30th Annual Nonprofit Law Institute, Austin, Texas, Jan. 2013 (Panel)
 
Update on Significant Case Law, Legislation and IRS Activity
State Bar of Texas Annual Governance of Nonprofit Organizations, Austin, Texas, Aug. 2012
 
Don’t Get Caught with Your Legal Briefs Down
North Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives, Irving, Texas, Aug. 2012
 
Rules for Private Foundations-Directors and Officers Training
CITGO Petroleum Corporation; Simón Bolívar Foundation Inc., Houston, Texas, July 2012
 
Ministers and Taxation
Victory Family Church, Cranberry Township, PA (via Skype), Feb. 2012
 
Governance, Anti-Trust, and Related Issues Affecting National-Chapter Trade Associations
National Utility Contractors Association, Fort Worth, Texas, July 2011
 
Nonprofit Governance and Fiduciary Duties Under the Microscope
United Way of Greater Houston, Houston, Texas, 2011
 
Faith & Philanthropy Institute-Annual Ultimate Financial & Legal Conferences. Select Topics
Arlington, Texas
 
Excellence in Board Governance
Center for Nonprofit Management with Texas Instruments, Dallas, Texas, 2011
 
Libraries and the Law: How (and When) to Keep the Records, Doors and Books Open
North Texas Library Partners Annual Conference, Decatur, Texas, 2011
 
Xpert HR, Contributing Author (2012). Texas-specific content for Employment Law Manual: Employee Classification; Min. Wage; Child Labor; Enforcement, Liability, Prevention, Defense
Cory Halliburton
Shareholder
Mr. Halliburton’s law practice is as diverse as he is as a person. In year 2017, he ran 2,030 miles in his free time and he had one of the most successful professional years of his career in the law. He understands the balance between law and life and uses his experience in law to ensure the clients he serves excel in their business objectives and comply with legal requirements, without being overwhelmed by the law.
 
He dedicated the first six years of his career to commercial litigation in many different business settings. He spent the next eight years focused primarily on the representation of tax-exempt organizations, initially through litigation and then his passion for the industry took hold. Then, he spent the remainder of his career in a diverse blend of both -- providing counsel to multi-billion dollar for-profit company clients, to the most modest of nonprofit organizations.
 
He serves as outside general counsel to many different forms of tax-exempt / nonprofit organizations, such as public charities, trade associations, private foundations, quasi-governmental entities, private schools, churches and other religious organizations. He has counseled these clients through formation, applications for tax exemption, employment law challenges, complex business contracts, multi-million dollar real property transactions, and many areas of governance, policy creation, litigation, merger and dissolution. In the for-profit arena, Mr. Halliburton provides high-level legal counsel in areas of employment law, contract review/counsel in complex business arrangements, and policy creation. Mr. Halliburton’s diverse experience allows him to apply a unique and valuable perspective to many different business endeavors and legal challenges presented by WKPZ clients.
Representative Experience

Formation/Exemption/Dissolution
Mr. Halliburton provides efficient and client-specific legal counsel for many organizations, large and small, in corporate formation and tax-exempt application processes, including federal, state and property, and he provides counsel for member and non-member organizations in the winding up, dissolution and termination processes.

Loan Transactions
Mr. Halliburton has served as borrower’s counsel for multi-million dollar tax-exempt bond issue with complications of pre-issue construction activity and debt payoff, and has served nonprofit entities in other multi-million dollar construction loan transactions.

Real Property Matters
Mr. Halliburton represented a tax-exempt membership organization in a multi-million dollar real property buy-sell agreement with complicated ownership, governance, and title issues, and represented tax-exempt property owner in obtaining retroactive property tax exemption for property with complicated ownership and use histories.

Mergers/Combinations
Mr. Halliburton provided legal counsel for a membership corporation in merger with a separate membership corporation, and he served as counsel for merger of regional chapters of a national public charity into one solidified chapter organization. He also counsels clients through various options for combinations of entities.

Outside Advisor and Counselor
He serves as outside general counsel to international trade associations; with service including on-going review of governance matters, employment matters, numerous and complex vendor agreements and third-party arrangements, and many other areas of counsel.

Litigation
Mr. Halliburton represents WKPZ clients in various litigation matters and administrative proceedings, including disputes involving breach of contract, defamation, discrimination in employment and other employment-related claims, fraud, governance issues, real property, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and others.

Recent Presentations

  • Leadership Development Workshop – Presentations included Leadership and the Law: Board Chair & Executive Director Roles; and Governance Considerations for Regional Trade Associations.
    Promotional Products Association International, Grapevine, TX, Sept. 2014
  • Vendor Agreements, Sexual Harassment and Disability Discrimination, Fair Labor Standards Act, and Property Tax Exemptions.
    International Shelby Conference, St. Louis, MO, June 2014
  • Candor for the Court and Zealous Client Representation: How to effectively comply with the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.
    Texarkana Bar Association, Texarkana, TX, May 2014
     
  • Intellectual Property and Tax-Exempt Organizations.
    Missio-Nexus, Dallas, TX, Sept. 2013
     
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations Legal Update and IRS Activity.
    Texas Society of CPAs, Galveston, TX, June 2013
     
  • Nonprofit Organizations Boot Camp.
    Nonprofit Management Center, Fort Worth, TX, Aug. 2013

Professional Presentations

  • Sexual Harassment, How to Manage an Age-Old Problem in Today’s Modern Times.
    Texas Ministry Conference, Houston, TX, Feb. 2013
     
  • 10 Legal Concerns Facing Tax-Exempt Organizations.
    Nonprofit Management Center, Permian Basin, Midland, TX, Feb. 2013
     
  • Internal Warfare: Addressing/Resolving Board Discord.
    University of Texas 30th Annual Nonprofit Law Institute, Austin, TX, Jan. 2013 (Panel)
     
  • Update on Significant Case Law, Legislation and IRS Activity.
    State Bar of Tex. 10th Annual Governance of Nonprofit Organizations, Austin, TX, Aug. 2012
  • Don’t Get Caught with Your Legal Briefs Down.
    North Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives, Irving, TX, Aug. 2012
  • Rules for Private Foundations-Directors and Officers Training.
    CITGO Petroleum Corporation; Simón Bolívar Foundation Inc., Houston, TX, July 2012
  • Ministers and Taxation.
    Victory Family Church, Cranberry Township, PA (via Skype), Feb. 2012
  • Governance, Anti-Trust, and Related Issues Affecting National-Chapter Trade Associations.
    National Utility Contractors Association, Fort Worth, TX, July 2011
  • Nonprofit Governance and Fiduciary Duties Under the Microscope.
    United Way of Greater Houston, Houston, TX, 2011
  • Faith & Philanthropy Institute-Annual Ultimate Financial & Legal Conferences. Select Topics.
    Arlington, TX, 2008-2012
  • Excellence in Board Governance.
    Center for Nonprofit Management with Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, 2011.
  • Libraries and the Law: How (and When) to Keep the Records, Doors and Books Open.
    North Texas Library Partners Annual Conference, Decatur, TX, 2011.
  • Xpert HR, Contributing Author (2012). Texas-specific content for Employment Law Manual: Employee Classification; Min. Wage; Child Labor; Enforcement, Liability, Prevention, Defense