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 defends clients in federal and state court proceedings and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She regularly drafts various litigation and employment related documents including federal and state court pleadings, separation and release agreements, injunction orders, and non-competition agreements. Using her technical background, Abby also assists clients in complying with federal and state occupational safety and health laws and regulations and assists in litigation matters before the federal Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (“OSHRC”) and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal/OSHA”), among others.

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 serves as the President of the Houston Lawyers Association and as a Vice President in the Nigerian-American Multicultural Council. 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”).

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Equal Pay Act and Pay Equity – Past and Future,” co-author, The Federal Lawyer, July 2017.
  • “Perspectives: Legal vs Safety Post Incident,” speaker, The Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Energy Corridor Section Meeting, Houston, Texas, July 13, 2017.

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Houston Lawyers Association, President, 2017-2018
  • Houston Bar Association – Labor and Employment Section, Litigation Section
  • Nigerian-American Multicultural Council, Vice President, Fundraising and Sponsorships
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • National Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • United Way Young Leader


OSHA newsletter

OSHA Quarterly Newsletter, June 2017

This edition of the Haynes and Boone Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) Newsletter discusses OSHA's new Injury Tracking Application, the Hensel Phelps decision, the Respirable Crystalline Silica construction standard, and James Sullivan's confirmation to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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.

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