Abby Kotun


Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2013, magna cum laude; Order of the Barons; Houston Law Review, Internet Publishing Editor

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Houston, 2005, cum laude

  • Judicial Intern, Honorable Judge Jeff Bohm, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, August-November 2012


Texas, 2014

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2014

Court Admissions

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


Abby Kotun applies her problem solving skills from her past career as a chemical engineer to assisting Haynes and Boone’s clients as a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Abby regularly assists in drafting various litigation and employment related documents including federal and state court pleadings, severance and release agreements, and injunction orders. She also regularly defends clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Using her technical background, Abby assists clients in complying with federal and state occupational safety and health laws and regulations and assists in litigation matters before both the federal Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (“OSHRC”) and its state equivalents.

Before starting her legal career, Abby worked as a process engineer, pipeline project manager and business analyst for Chevron Corporation. During law school, she interned for a federal bankruptcy judge, served as the Internet Publishing Editor of the Houston Law Review and volunteered as a student attorney in the University of Houston Law Center civil and immigration clinics where she handled cases involving divorce, custody, probate, guardianship, withholding of removal, and family immigration, and special immigrant juvenile issues.

Outside of her day-to-day practice, Abby is involved in the community and serves as President-Elect of the Houston Lawyers Association and as a Young Leader for the United Way. She also enjoys giving back through pro bono activities and provides free legal representation for individuals referred through Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) and the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (HVLP).


Health Law Vitals

Health Law Vitals - A Healthcare Newsletter from Haynes and Boone

The Haynes and Boone Health Law Vitals Newsletter explores significant developments and legislation in healthcare law. This edition discusses the latest on alternative payment models, the DOJ's scrutiny of Medicare Advantage plans, Telemedicine in Texas, new workplace violence requirements in California, and more.

Selected Client Representations

  • Defended client during EEOC investigation involving Title VII and ADEA claims.
  • Negotiated permanent injunction against client’s former employees who had started a competing business.
  • Obtained default judgment and permanent injunction against client’s former employees who had started a competing business.
  • Prosecuted criminal cases for the City of Houston as a volunteer prosecutor, including trying sixteen jury trials to verdict.


OSHA newsletter

OSHA Quarterly Newsletter, December 2016

This edition of the Haynes and Boone Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) Newsletter discusses OSHA's guidance on the controversial rule regarding drug-testing and safety incentive policies, OSHA's new recommended practices for safety and health programs, the first year of OSHA's severe injury reporting program, OSHA's proposed changes to the lockout/tagout rule, and more.

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Houston Bar Association – Labor and Employment Section, Litigation Section
  • Houston Lawyers Association, President-Elect, 2016-2017
  • Nigerian-American Multicultural Council
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • United Way Young Leader
  • National Bar Association
  • Association of Women Attorneys

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