Cory Hartsfield, PLLC

Providing Exceptional Service in the Following Areas:

Employment Law

Contracts/Executive Compensation

Third-Party Investigations


Education Law

Cory offers an established state-wide and national education law practice. Cory has extensive experience representing school administrators (primarily superintendents) in private and public schools and universities concerning various employment-related matters, including employment contract formation, negotiation and dissolution, administrative matters, and litigation.

Cory also acts as a third-party investigator regarding employment-related issues for school districts, higher education institutions, and municipalities. With his extensive experience representing both employers and employees in employment-related matters, Cory brings a unique, unbiased approach to investigations.
Cory also regularly represents school boards during grievance proceedings/hearings when district counsel is presenting on behalf of the administration.

Employment Law

Cory has significant experience working with employers and employees in a broad range of employment law issues ranging from executive compensation to litigation. Cory’s legal services include representing employers for training and discipline of employees, employment, severance and non-compete agreements, personnel policies, and defending employment discrimination claims. Cory has extensive experience representing executives and employees regarding their respective contractual and employment relationships with their employers, including employment and severance agreements and other matters affecting the employer-employee relationship.

Contracts/Executive Compensation

Cory has broad experience concerning the formation, dissolution and enforcement of complex contracts and executive compensation. Cory’s experience negotiating, drafting, structuring all types of contracts, as well as his knowledge and experience regarding executive compensation, adds value beyond legal representation.

Cory regularly represents City Managers and other executives in the negotiation and drafting of their employment contracts and severance agreements.

Governmental/Public Entities

Cory possesses the skills and experience to help public clients navigate state and local laws, including the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act, as well as compliance with other statutory/regulatory matters affecting public entities.


With twenty plus (20+) years of experience representing both employers and employees in all types of employment-related matters, Cory brings a unique, balanced, and unbiased approach and perspective to employment investigations. He regularly conducts independent investigations for school districts, municipalities, colleges, and other public and private employers.