Corey E. Tanner

Associate || Austin

Corey represents employers of all sizes in state and federal court litigation and administrative proceedings. She routinely provides counsel regarding employment discrimination claims, ethics investigations, leave issues, wage and hour compliance, and disability accommodations. She specializes in human resources and equal opportunity issues in both the private and public sector.

Prior to joining Ogletree, Corey was the Director of Investigations and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, where she addressed all allegations of employment discrimination and harassment, as well as issues related to Title IX, Title VI, FMLA, ADA, whistleblower retaliation, and other civil rights laws. She regularly counseled executive leadership and HR managers in handling a range of difficult employment issues from recruitment to termination. She also provided trainings on EEO and inclusion initiatives and served as Deputy Chief Civil Rights Officer for the UT Charter School System. In addition, Corey has worked extensively on employment issues in public, private, and charter schools across Texas.

Corey attended college at St. Edward’s University, where she graduated with honors (summa cum laude) in 2008. During her undergraduate studies, she worked and studied abroad to develop her Spanish fluency in both Barcelona and Buenos Aires. After graduation she attended law school at SMU, where she served as associate managing editor of the International Law Review and as an international law research assistant. Corey also clerked at both the Fifth District Court of Appeals and the EEOC. She graduated in the top ten percent of her class in 2011, receiving the Order of the Coif distinction.

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Corey has achieved favorable outcomes in the following recent representative cases:

  • U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment obtained in favor of a government contractor for age, disability, and retaliation claims (2019)
  • Complete defense verdict in a healthcare retaliation trial (2018)
  • Summary judgment granted to an insurance industry client in Texas federal court on issues of race discrimination, retaliation, tortious interference, and negligent hiring (2018)
  • Bench verdict for client in non-compete/non-solicitation agreement litigation in state court (2017)
  • Summary judgment in federal court deciding issues of race discrimination and retaliation under the Texas Worker’s Compensation Act in favor of oil and gas client (2017)
  • Favorable negotiated resolutions of cases involving claims of discrimination on the basis of disability, race, sex, age, pregnancy and national origin (2016-2019)
  • Favorable resolution of complex pregnancy discrimination litigation brought by the EEOC on behalf of 28 aggrieved individuals in New Mexico federal court (2017)
  • Multiple no-cause findings from the EEOC on claims of employment discrimination and retaliation (2016-2019)
  • No cause findings from the Department of Housing and Urban Development on claims of housing discrimination (2017)
  • Dismissal of an ADA public accommodations and website compliance case against an international clothing retailer (2017)

Corey has also provided advice to local companies, top tier universities, and multinational organizations on:

  • Development of policies related to workplace romantic relationships, mandatory arbitration, and social media
  • Compliance with accommodation and leave requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act
  • Required disclosures and processes for reductions in force affecting multiple business lines and locations
  • Compliance with wage and hour laws and correct designation of employees and independent contractors


  • J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2011
  • B.A., summa cum laude, St. Edward's University, 2008

Admittance to Practice

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Young Lawyers
  • Mother Attorney Mentoring Association
  • Austin Bar Association (School Law and Employment Law sections)


  • State Bar of Texas – Labor and Employment Conference - "Pitfalls of Modern Recruiting" - Austin - May 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins Client Training - "Employment Law 101 for Managers and HR" - Austin - November 2017
  • Society for Human Resources Management - "Strategies for Reducing Risk with Problematic Employees" - Corpus Christi - September 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Client Training - "Employment Law 101 for Managers and HR" - Austin - January 2017
  • Texas School Law Conference - "Conducting Accurate, Timely, Cost-effective Investigations" - Austin - November 2016
  • EEO Strategies for Management - "The Inclusive Workplace" - Austin - July 2016
  • St. Edward's University - "Navigating Ethical Minefields: A Survey of the Texas Rules of Professional Conduct" - Austin - December 2012
  • Texas Industrial Vocation Association - "Texas Education Employees' Rights and Remedies" - Austin - July 2012
  • April 30, 2019 - Business Insurance - "No consensus seen for high court ruling on LGBT protections"
  • Order of the Coif
  • Associate Managing Editor of International Law Review

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