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Gayla Corley



Location San Antonio


  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D., 1994

  • Texas A & M University, B.S., 1990

    • Honors: College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Student

    • Honors: Society of Professional Journalists

  • Baylor University, 1986 – 1988

Bar Admission

  • The State of Texas, 1994
  • United States District Court Western District of Texas, 1996
  • United States District Court Southern District of Texas, 1996
  • United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, 1996
  • United States Supreme Court, 1997

About Gayla Corley About Gayla Corley


Gayla Corley is a Shareholder in Langley & Banack’s San Antonio office. Since being licensed in 1994, Ms. Corley has been successfully engaged in the practice of general civil litigation and has, primarily, defended against claims for deceptive trade practices, harassment and discrimination, breach of contract, fraud, products liability, wrongful death/survival, personal injury, violations of the Texas Insurance Code and defamation. Her practice includes representation of diverse business concerns, including employers, insurance companies, banks, fiduciaries, healthcare providers and other private interests. Ms. Corley also has extensive experience in defending lawsuits in state and federal court and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the Texas Workforce Commission and the State Board for Educator Certification.  As part of her professional endeavors, Ms. Corley is active in the San Antonio Bar Association and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and periodically writes and presents CLE papers on ethics and litigation-related topics.


Accolades Accolades

  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio, SA Scene magazine, 2011 and 2012
  • AV-Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell

Associations Associations

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Member, Area Vice-President & Director
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Member
  • San Antonio Lawyer Magazine, Board of Editors
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Cancer Center Council, in support of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Trustee


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Cases Cases & Publications

Publications & Presentations

  • Presenter, 2009 TADC Summer Meeting,  “Facebook, Twitter & The World of Social Media—What Trial Lawyers Need to Know”
  • Co-Chair, 2010 TADC Winter Meeting
  • Presenter, 2010 State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Seminar, “Social Media & Its Impact On Litigation”
  • Presenter, 2011 TADC Summer Meeting, “Exploring The Boundaries Of Witness Preparation”
  • Presenter, 2012 TADC Spring Meeting, “What A Tangled Web We Weave:  Ethical Pitfalls In Fielding Unsolicited Requests For Legal Representation”
  • Co-Chair, 2012 TADC Annual Meeting
  • Presenter, 2013, TADC Annual Meeting, “Finding Your Inner Atticus:  Defending The Unpopular Client”
  • Co-Chair, 2014 TADC Trial Academy
  • Co-Author, “Practicing Law Tips—Unsolicited Requests for Legal Representation” May-June 2012 San Antonio Lawyer Magazine
  • Author, “Judicial Profile:  Cathleen Stryker”  July-August 2013 San Antonio Lawyer Magazine
  • Author, “Expedited Actions:  Speedy Justice At What Price?”  January-February 2014 San Antonio Lawyer


Representative Cases

  • Fernandez v. City of San Antonio, 158 SW3d 532 (Tex. App. – San Antonio, 2004)
  • Surgitek v. Adams, 955 SW2d 884 (Tex. App. – Corpus Christi, 1997)


Personal Personal Information


Gayla Corley is a Texas native who has lived in San Antonio since 1991. She enjoys most outdoor activities, including running and bicycling and has completed numerous marathons, half-marathons and long-distance cycling events benefitting charitable interests such as LIVESTRONG and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Ms. Corley and her husband attend Alamo Heights United Methodist Church and enjoy traveling to the Big Bend area of Texas as often as possible.