Konor A. Cormier

Konor A. Cormier
Shareholder
Houston
t: 713.655.1200 ext. 153
f: 713.655.0222
KonorCormier@mehaffyweber.com
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Konor Cormier maintains a diverse practice representing companies and individuals as counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants. His practice includes litigating cases involving breach of contract, oil and gas matters, probate litigation matters, fraud, debt collection and post-judgment execution, personal injuries, premises liability, products liability, insurance defense, Jones Act, labor and employment disputes and securities fraud.

In the area of oil and gas, Konor has represented operators, lessees, mineral owners, royalty owners, as well as equipment suppliers and manufacturers. His specialty is complex commercial cases that are document intensive and involve working closely with experts in a variety of fields. He also represents a product distributor in all phases of its contract negotiation, contract and product liability litigation, collections, and appeals. Konor handles appeals in both state and federal courts of appeal. He has handled securities arbitrations under FINRA as well as commercial disputes under the AAA.

Konor is a native of Beaumont, Texas who joined MehaffyWeber as an associate in the firm's Houston office in 2003.His hard work and dedication to the firm’s clientele was rewarded in 2010 when the Firm elevated him to shareholder. Konor is an avid traveler both across the United States and internationally, enjoys SCUBA diving and golf when possible, but spends the majority of his time outside of work with his wife and their three-year old daughter.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Selected to the Texas Rising Star list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) 2007-2016

News and Events

  • MehaffyWeber Attorneys Selected to the 2015 Texas Rising Stars
  • MehaffyWeber Attorneys Selected to the 2014 Texas Rising Stars
  • Eight MehaffyWeber Attorneys Recognized as Texas Rising Stars for 2012
  • Fifteen MehaffyWeber Attorneys Recognized as Texas Rising Stars
  • MehaffyWeber Sponsors the First Year Mock Trial Competition at Texas Tech University School of Law (Konor Cormier, one of judges of final round)
  • MehaffyWeber names Brian Armstrong and Konor Cormier as New Shareholders for 2010.
  • Seventeen MehaffyWeber attorneys selected as Texas Rising Stars for 2009
  • Eighteen MehaffyWeber attorneys named Rising Stars for 2008

Results

  • In February 2016, Konor represented the Superintendent of Financial Services for the State of New York in his efforts to collect on an earlier $28 million judgment against an individual debtor. MehaffyWeber served SureTec Insurance Company with a writ of garnishment over$438,000 alleged to belong to the judgment debtor. Both SureTec and an intervening party contested the garnishment and disputed the debtor’s ownership of the funds. The case proceeded to trial and, after hearing evidence, the Harris County jury found that the judgment debtor did have title or ownership of the $438,000 held by SureTec. The Honorable Erin Lunceford entered judgment finding the garnishment was proper and ordered the release of the funds to the Superintendent.
  • In March 2015, Konor received a jury verdict in County Court at Law No. 1 in Harris County, Texas. He represented a Taco Bell franchisee whose street front sign and property were destroyed in an auto accident along Westheimer Road in Houston. The defendant, the driver of the vehicle argued, that he had swerved off the road to avoid an intoxicated pedestrian. Plaintiff argued that the Defendant was negligent because he swerved across four full lanes of traffic and a sidewalk before hitting a sign several hundred yards away. Konor convinced the jury to find the Defendant 51% negligent and the pedestrian 49% negligent. The jury also found that the Defendant was 70% responsible for trespassing on the Plaintiff’s property and the pedestrian only 30% responsible.
  • In May 2014, Konor successfully defended an appeal in the Court of Appeals for the Thirteenth Court of Appeals in Corpus Christi, Texas.In a products liability suit involving an allegedly defective piece of steel pipe that failed in a pipeline, Plaintiff sued everyone in the distribution chain including his client, an intermediary pipe distributor, in district court in Nueces County. Konor's client filed cross-claims against the Chinese manufacturer of the pipe.The trial court denied the manufacturer’s special appearance which filed an interlocutory appeal. He took lead on drafting and filing an appellee’s brief on behalf of his client and all the non-manufacturing defendants participating in a joint defense group.The Thirteenth Court of Appeals agreed with the defense group’s briefing and affirmed the denial of the special appearance.The memorandum opinion was not published but can be located at No. 13-13-00102-CV, 2013 WL 6573782 (Tex.App—Corpus Christi Dec. 12, 2013, no pet.).The case was later resolved by the parties.
  • In June 2014, Konor assisted his clients favorably settle a matter in which the clients, the executor of an estate pending in Probate Court in Harris County and several beneficiaries, Texas were sued by multiple other beneficiaries of the estate.
  • In March 2014, Konor was part of a MehaffyWeber trial team that successfully litigated and settled an adversary proceeding on behalf of the plaintiff against a title company in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona.Plaintiff, the Trustee of numerous related bankrupt companies, filed suit against the title company for its role in a fraudulent multi-million dollar real estate investment scheme perpetrated by the directors of the bankrupt companies. Plaintiff claimed the title company had actual knowledge of and actively participated in the Ponzi-likescheme involving hundreds of residential properties in Arizona from 2002 to2007. The Trustee sought damages on behalf of both the companies and over 100 individual and institutional investors in the fraudulent scheme who had assigned their claims to the Trustee. Plaintiff alleged breaches of contracts, breaches of escrow instructions, breaches of fiduciary duties,aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, aiding and abetting fraud,breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, negligence and securities fraud.
  • In March 2014, Konor assisted a client in settling a labor and employment dispute under the Fair Labor Standards Act brought by several of the client’s former employees in the Southern District of Texas for an undisclosed amount.
  • In October 2011, Konor helped a client resolve his claims for tortious interference with an existing contract against a defendant.
  • In January 2010, Konor assisted the family of a man killed in an explosion in settling a wrongful death suit against multiple defendants.
  • In October 2009, Konor successfully obtained a summary judgment in favor of his client, the former executor of an estate in Probate Court in Harris County, Texas.The plaintiff appealed the decision and he briefed and successfully defended the appeal in the First Court of Appeals in Houston,Texas.The opinion is published at 363S.W.3d 653 (Tex. App.—Houston[1st Dist.] 2011, no pet.).

  • Articles

    • "How Drunk is too Drunk to Serve?" in the Mix, Spring, 2011, page 30
    • In Over Your Head: Drowning in Liability, THE HOUSTON LAWYER, July/Aug. 2006, at 32-35.
    • 10 Ways to See if Your Community Pool is Safe, THE HOUSTON TRIBUNE, June 2006; THE DAYTON NEWS, May 30, 2006.
    • Increase the Peace Means Increase the Penalty? The Impact of the James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act in Texas, 34 TEX. TECH L. REV. 343 (2003).

    Speaking Engagements

    • "Expert Designations from the Attorney's Perspective.", Forensic Expert Witness Association, 2015 Workshop