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 assist 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).