Connie Cornell, JD, PHR



Ms. Cornell has more than twenty five years of experience representing employers and management through administrative, mediation, arbitration, and court proceedings. While experienced in defending a myriad of claims, as one of Austin’s most experienced female employment attorneys, she is most often called upon to defend allegations of sexual harassment. Other law firms engage her to conduct in-house harassment investigations of allegations made against executives of their corporate client. Ms. Cornell also advises clients on day-to-day employment issues and works with them to develop litigation prevention policies and practices. Her in-house training for management on harassment and how to avoid getting sued by employees is immensely popular.

Education & Certificates

J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1985
B.A., Southwestern University, summa cum laude, 1982

Ms. Cornell is Board Certified in Labor and Employment law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Ms. Cornell has held her SHRM certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) since 1993.

Honors & Awards

Ms. Cornell has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2010 in management side of Labor and Employment Law. She has been honored by that publication as the 2014 Austin “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Labor Law – Management. Similarly, she has been listed since 2003 in “Texas Super Lawyers” in the field of Labor and Employment Law by Texas Monthly. She is named in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™ exclusively for women attorneys who have received Martindale-Hubbell®’s highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from their peers. The Austin Business Journal listed her in its “Best of Business Law 2004,” and as an “Attorney to Watch” in 2005.

Lectures & Presentations

Ms. Cornell is a frequent speaker on various labor and employment issues, presenting to lawyers, human resource professionals, and the business community. Recent presentations include:

“Technology in the Workplace,” presented to the Texas Electrical Cooperatives 31st Annual Human Resource Conference, San Marcos, Texas, May 17, 2016.

Various topics presented at UT Law’s CLE Conference “Essential Employment Law: A Practical Course in the Basics” in Austin, Dallas and Houston, Texas, September 2015. Topics included “Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The Other Major Entitlement Act,” “Defensive Documentation from Hiring to Firing,” “Handbooks / Employment Policies 2015,” “Investigating Sensitive Employment Complaints,” and “Changes in Employment Law Impacting Compliance Efforts.”

“Labor Law and Employment Law: Keeping Hold of a Wet Water Balloon,” 11th Annual Advanced In-House Counsel Course, Westin Galleria Hotel, Dallas, Texas, August 2-3, 2012.