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Nina Cortell

Nina Cortell
Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP

Nina Cortell is a partner in the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone, focusing primarily on appellate practice, litigation, and crisis management. For more than 35 years, Cortell has represented corporations, public entities, and individuals in appeals that have put her at the forefront of Texas appellate practice.

In 1999, Cortell received the Louise B. Raggio Award for significant contributions toward the advancement of women in the legal profession, and in 2007, she received the State Bar of Texas Presidential Citation for leadership in furthering the Bar’s diversity initiatives. Best Lawyers has named Cortell its “2013 Dallas Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year,” Chambers USA Guide ranks her as one of the top appellate lawyers in Texas, and Benchmark Litigation describes her as “renowned throughout the state for her appeals work.” She has also been named one of the top ten lawyers in Texas by Texas Super Lawyers for the last three years.

Cortell has frequently been asked to speak on appellate topics and to assist courts with issues related to the judicial process. At the request of Chief Judge Barefoot Sanders, she chaired a task force investigating ways to improve the efficiency of the federal courts, and, at the request of Chief Judge Joe Fish, she assisted with the appointment of magistrate judges.

Cortell works actively with the judiciary to improve the judicial process and serves on the prestigious Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, which is comprised of judges and attorneys from across the state and advises the Court in connection with its rule-making authority. In addition to her work in the appellate courts, she has worked with trial teams to achieve significant results prior to appeal.

Cortell is a Founder and member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law and in 2012, received the law school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service. Cortell graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A., summa cum laude, in Plan II and a J.D., cum laude, where she was Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review.