Cory Halliburton
Cory Halliburton
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.


  • 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
Mr. Halliburton provides client-focused and timely legal counsel and business strategy advice to a diverse client demographic that includes many types of tax-exempt organizations and for-profit entities.
He serves as outside general counsel and business consult to many different forms of tax-exempt (nonprofit) organizations. Client demographic includes public charities, trade associations, private foundations, quasi-governmental entities, private schools, churches and other religious organizations. Areas of focus include formation, applications for tax exemption, employment law, complex service contracts, antitrust, grant and endowment agreements, loan and real property transactions, litigation, governance, policy creation, merger and dissolution, and other. 
In the for-profit arena, Mr. Halliburton provides WKPZ clients legal counsel in areas of employment law, policy review, creation and execution, service agreements, litigation and domestic and international charitable initiatives. 
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
Served as borrower’s counsel for public charity in a multi-million dollar bond issue with complications of pre-issue construction activity, debt payoff and transaction negotiation, and has served many different tax-exempt organizations in multi-million dollar real property and construction loan transactions.
Quarterbacks entities (and executives) through executive employment agreements, employee severance challenges, and personnel management and compliance strategies.
Serves as outside general counsel and business advisor to multiple international trade associations, with on-going service in areas of antitrust compliance, governance matters, employment law, and contractual relationships in an array of commercial settings.
Provides prompt and strategic legal support to in-house attorneys of complex, for-profit entities in matters of governance, policy creation, contracts and strategic decision-making in various business settings.
Represented tax-exempt property owner in obtaining retroactive property tax exemption for property with complicated ownership and use history.
Counseled membership organization in merger with separate membership entity, and quarterbacked merger of four regional chapters of a national public charity into one solidified organization. Counseled social welfare membership organization through termination and dissolution process.
On-going representation of WKPZ clients in litigation (or the avoidance thereof), including governance disputes, real property disputes, breach of contract, employment law, defamation/business disparagement, public accommodation / accessibility challenges, and others.

Professional Presentations and Publications

  • Endowment Agreements:Review of Legal Considerations and Investment Strategies (co-presenter with representative from Northern Trust)
    Nonprofit Boot Camp hosted by Briggs & Veselka Co., Houston, Texas, Sept. 2019
  • Sales Tax Today: A Review of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. and Its Impact on the Tax-Exempt Industry
    Texas Society of CPAs, May 21, 2019
  • IRS Audit of Tax-Exempt Entity: Case study of IRS audit that involved hundreds of international grants, complex accounting, and hundreds of thousands of documents.
    Nonprofit Study Group, Dallas, Texas, Feb. 2019
  • Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations Law and Business: Review of Texas Lawyer’s Creed, Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and the Texas Business Organizations Code. 
    Nonprofit Study Group, Dallas, Texas, Feb. 2018
  • Leadership & Governance: Board Training
    The Village at Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 2018.
  • Business Ethics: Webinar presentation for client’s business certification requirements
    Promotional Products Association International, Feb. 2018
  • Guiding Philanthropic and Association Leaders: Article addressing common legal challenges encountered by those who serve as corporate counsel to tax-exempt organizations.
    Dallas Bar Association’s Headnotes Nov. 2018
  • Legal, Tax and Leadership: A presentation to trade association executives.
    Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Annual Conference, June 2018
  • Charitable Contributions Beyond the Border: Article addressing challenges of international grant-making
    Published in The Church Network™’s Summer 2017 edition of InSight and in Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants’ January/February 2017 edition of Today’s CPA
  • Storming The CASL: Webinar presentation on Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation
    Promotional Products Association International, June 2017
  • Challenges of Product Liability and Indemnification Up and Down the Stream of Commerce
    Promotional Products Association International, July 2017
  • Minutes Matter – Presentation on corporate minutes and role minutes play in governance, litigation and other areas of law
    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 –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, Missouri, 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 
  • 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, July2011
  • Nonprofit Governance and Fiduciary Duties Under the Microscope
    United Way of Greater Houston, Houston, Texas, 2011
  • Annual Ultimate Financial & Legal Conferences. Numerous Legal and Tax Topics
    Hosted by Faith & Philanthropy Institute, WKPZ, and Sommerville & AssociatesArlington and Fort Worth, Texas, 2008-2019
  • 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

Past Civic Service / Accolades / Other

  • 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 4BEconomic DevelopmentCorporation
    • 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
  • In 2017 Mr. Halliburton “ran the year”, logging 2,030 miles (average pace of 7min. 50sec.) and 2,837,340 strides in 262 hours 43 minutes and 40 seconds of running time.