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
Cory Halliburton
Shareholder

Mr. Halliburton’s law practice emphasizes client-focused representation of tax-exempt organizations in matters unique to the tax-exempt arena, as well as in matters applicable to other forms of business entities.

Areas of counsel include formation, applications for exemptions, employment law, vendor and other third-party agreements, real property transactions, loan transactions, and on-going counsel in areas of governance, policy creation, litigation, mergers, dissolution, and others.

Mr. Halliburton’s tax-exempt client demographic is diverse and includes private foundations, health and welfare organizations, quasi-governmental entities, private schools, churches and other religious organizations, trade associations, homeowners associations, public charities, and nonprofit radio stations.

His diverse client base allows Mr. Halliburton a unique perspective on the many different business endeavors and legal challenges of his and other WKPZ clients. With this experience, he provides an equally-diverse range of legal counsel and business strategy with regard to litigation matters, business transactions, governance, and employment law matters faced 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