Tom Cordell


Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1979

B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1975, with honors



Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas





After more than 35 years in practice, Tom Cordell still loves trying cases. Hard work, thorough preparation, teamwork with gifted colleagues and great clients have defined Tom’s long and successful career as a trial lawyer.

Tom has successfully represented clients as both plaintiff and defendant in business litigation and regulatory matters in multiple forums. In addition to commercial litigation matters, Tom provides representation and counseling to clients in the financial services and securities industries in litigation, industry disputes, client disputes and regulatory matters, including class action litigation, securities litigation, fiduciary litigation, customer disputes, regulatory investigations, internal investigations, securities industry arbitrations and appellate matters. Tom provides representation to financial industry employers and management in labor and employment matters.

Tom also has significant experience in shareholder disputes and in the litigation of fiduciary claims, as well as fraud, fiduciary duty and alter-ego claims. Tom also has substantial experience in litigation involving Mexican nationals and/or Mexican business entities in jurisdictional disputes.

Tom has been recognized for superior client service in the BTI Survey of corporate counsel for both Fortune 1000 corporations and the 21 largest global financial services firms. He is also recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., in Commercial Litigation, 2012-2018. Tom is AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

Tom is a Fellow of the Houston and Texas Bar Foundations. He is a former director of the Houston Young Lawyers Association and is also a former Director of the University of Texas Law Alumni Association. Tom has served on the board of trustees of a K-12 school and on the boards of local charitable organizations in the Houston area.


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Featured in Best Lawyers in America 2018

Best Lawyers in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 107 Haynes and Boone lawyers across 56 practice areas in its 2018 edition.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2017

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow, Houston and Texas Bar Foundations
  • Former Director, Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Compliance and Legal Division
  • Former Director, The University of Texas Law Alumni Association
  • Thomas has a strong interest in education and serves on the board of trustees of a local K-12 school
  • Thomas has also served on the boards of local charitable organizations in the Houston area

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