Cory Hartsfield, PLLC
Cory S. Hartsfield

Cory S. Hartsfield

Cory Hartsfield has twenty (20) years of experience in labor & employment law matters, including executive compensation. Cory began his labor and employment law practice in 2001 as an associate of Latham & Watkins, LLP in Los Angeles, California, where he represented employers and executive employees at Fortune 500 companies. Following his move back home to Texas in 2003, Cory continued his practice of counseling clients and representing employers and executive employees in a wide variety of state and federal labor and employment law matters. Cory served as an associate general counsel to the Tarrant County Hospital District from 2008 – 2020. Cory serves as General Counsel to the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). 

For the past thirteen (13) years, Cory has had the pleasure of representing school administrators (primarily superintendents and university presidents/chancellors) and city managers in their contractual and employment relationships. Cory not only possesses the legal knowledge and experience but has established relationships with district counsel and understands the political aspects impacting today’s administrators.

Contact Info

Cory S. Hartsfield

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law

  • Independent Investigations

  • Education Law

  • Contracts

  • Government Law

Education

  • Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2001
  • Texas Tech University, B.A., 1997

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of California, 2001
  • State Bar of Texas, 2003

Civic Activities

  • 121 Community Church
  • Young Life
  • Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Education Foundation
    • Director, 2012-2021
    • Co-Chair Golf Committee, 2016-2021

Memberships & Recognitions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, Tarrant County Bar Association (2018)
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, School/Education Law Section
    • Director, Executive Committee 2021-2023
    • Director, Co-Retreat Planner 2020-2021
    • Director 2017
  • Member, Texas Hospital Association Advance Directives Workgroup (2018-2019)
  • 2017 Top Attorney in Tarrant County for Education Law by 360 West Magazine

Publications / Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Authored The Top Ten Real Property Cases of 2001, published in the California Real Property Journal
  • Co-Authored Getting Credit Where Credit is Due: Planning for Retirement within the Limits of Creditable Compensation, published in INSIGHT, TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL, Summer 2009
  • Co-Authored View from the 82nd Legislature: The Impact of Selected Legislation on Superintendents, published in INSIGHT, TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL
  • Co-Authored The Superintendent Evaluation, published in INSIGHT, TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL
  • Frequent author and speaker for the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), Texas Regional Education Service Centers, Aspiring Superintendent’s Academy
    • Negotiating Superintendent Contracts 
    • Maintaining Effective Board-Superintendent Relationships 
  • Frequent author and speaker for Education / School Law Section regarding Contracts / Education / Employment Law related topics
  • Frequent Guest Lecturer for College and University Graduate Superintendent Certificate Programs (Baylor University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Lamar University, University of North Texas) 

Contact Info

Cory S. Hartsfield

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law

  • Independent Investigations

  • Education Law

  • Contracts

  • Government Law

Education

  • Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2001
  • Texas Tech University, B.A., 1997

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of California, 2001
  • State Bar of Texas, 2003

Civic Activities

  • 121 Community Church
  • Young Life
  • Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Education Foundation
    • Director, 2012-2021
    • Co-Chair Golf Committee, 2016-2021

Memberships & Recognitions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, Tarrant County Bar Association (2018)
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, School/Education Law Section
    • Director, Executive Committee 2021-2023
    • Director, Co-Retreat Planner 2020-2021
    • Director 2017
  • Member, Texas Hospital Association Advance Directives Workgroup (2018-2019)
  • 2017 Top Attorney in Tarrant County for Education Law by 360 West Magazine

Publications / Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Authored The Top Ten Real Property Cases of 2001, published in the California Real Property Journal
  • Co-Authored Getting Credit Where Credit is Due: Planning for Retirement within the Limits of Creditable Compensation, published in INSIGHT, TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL, Summer 2009
  • Co-Authored View from the 82nd Legislature: The Impact of Selected Legislation on Superintendents, published in INSIGHT, TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL
  • Co-Authored The Superintendent Evaluation, published in INSIGHT, TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL
  • Frequent author and speaker for the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), Texas Regional Education Service Centers, Aspiring Superintendent’s Academy
    • Negotiating Superintendent Contracts 
    • Maintaining Effective Board-Superintendent Relationships 
  • Frequent author and speaker for Education / School Law Section regarding Contracts / Education / Employment Law related topics
  • Frequent Guest Lecturer for College and University Graduate Superintendent Certificate Programs (Baylor University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Lamar University, University of North Texas)