Dori Kornfeld Goldman

Partner
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dgoldman@yettercoleman.com
713.632.8027 | Houston, Texas
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Professional Summary

Active in high-stakes litigation, Dori focuses her practice on crafting the trial and appellate strategy for cases in state and federal court. From the initial case evaluation through appeal, she takes the lead in developing the legal arguments, drafting pivotal trial pleadings and appellate briefs, handling error preservation, and presenting oral arguments. Known for her adept approach to jury charges and strategic case assessments, Dori has helped clients across industries achieve successful results in complex trials and appeals involving business contracts and torts, personal injury, class actions, bankruptcy, and other commercial disputes. She has been engaged by leading trial attorneys across the state to assist during trials and all stages of appeals.

Dori graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, and clerked for the Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and served as Executive Editor of The Daily Princetonian. Before attending law school, Dori was a policy analyst for the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Dori holds numerous professional and civic leadership roles. She chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and serves as chair of the Houston Bar Association’s Federal Practice Section and as a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Dori’s service to the profession and the community has led to honors, including the Women of Influence Award from the National Council of Jewish Women Greater Houston, the Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Award from the Texas Civil Rights Project, and the Falik Young Leadership Award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.

Representative Experience
  • Texas State Court: JJJJ Walker v. First National Bank Served as appellate counsel in trial and appeal up to the Texas Supreme Court, with plaintiff successes valued at $117 million.
  • Texas Supreme Court: CenterPoint Energy Houston Elec., LLC et al. v. Gulf Coast Coalition of Cities, et al. Represented CenterPoint in a successful appeal regarding the utility’s multi-billion-dollar stranded-cost true-up following Texas’s electric deregulation.
  • United States Supreme Court: Ricci v. DeStefano Successfully represented in the U.S. Supreme Court a group of 20 New Haven firefighters in an Equal Protection Clause and Title VII lawsuit. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in our clients’ favor, not merely reversing the summary judgment in favor of the City of New Haven, but further ruling that our clients were entitled to summary judgment in their favor on liability under the Title VII.
  • Federal Court: M.D. v. Abbott Represented a class of 12,000 foster children care in a class action lawsuit that challenged pervasive failures in the Texas foster care system. After a two-week trial, the court issued a 255-page verdict finding widespread constitutional violations and appointed independent special masters.
Professional Honors & Affiliations
  • Women of Influence Award, National Council of Jewish Women - Greater Houston Section, 2017
  • "Texas Super Lawyer" in Appellate Law, Thomson Reuters, 2016-2018
  • "Texas Rising Star," by Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers in Texas Monthly Magazine, 2007-2009, 2011-2016
  • "Houston Top Lawyer" in Appellate, H Texas Magazine, 2009-2011, 2013, 2015
  • Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Award, Texas Civil Rights Project, 2011
  • Barbara and Harold Falik Young Leadership Award, 2011
  • Chair: Houston Bar Association Federal Practice Section, 2017-2018; Chair-Elect, 2016-2017; Treasurer, 2015-2016
  • Co-Chair: Diversity Committee, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section, 2013-2016
Presentations & Publications
  • "Jury Charge: Protecting Your Client’s Interests," Harris County Attorney’s Office, May 2017
  • "The Forgotten Children: Lawsuit for Structural Reform of the Texas Foster Care System," Houston Bar Association Civil Appellate Bench Bar Conference, April 2017
  • "Texas-Sized Pro Bono: Tackling Texas Foster Care," Houston Volunteer Lawyers and CenterPoint National Pro Bono Week Kick-Off,” October 2016
  • "Federal Appellate Procedure," State Bar Annual Civil Appellate Practice 101 Course, September 2016
  • "Judge Orders Revamp of Texas Foster Care System to Continue," National Public Radio, Houston Matters, March 2016 (featured speaker)
  • "Federal Appellate Procedure: Traps for the Unwary," Jefferson County Bar Association Appellate Update CLE, 2015
  • Fifth Circuit in the Supreme Court: 2013 Term in Review, The Appellate Advocate, Fall 2014
  • "The Impact of Wal-Mart v. Dukes on Employment Law Class Actions and FLSA Collective Actions," State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Institute, 2013 (co-author)
Education & Professional Background
  • Harvard Law School J.D., cum laude, 2003
  • Princeton University A.B., Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, 1999
  • Law Clerk to The Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas 2003-04
  • Admitted to Practice: Texas, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and numerous other federal and state courts