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Kelly, Morgan, Dennis, Corzine & Hansen, P.C. boasts a rich history in community service and maintains an elite roster of attorneys who have served in prestigious civic and professional capacities.
  • Michael Kelly

    Michael G. Kelly
    Shareholder and Director

    Michael G. Kelly is a board certified business bankruptcy attorney who practices primarily
    in bankruptcy and commercial law. For more than thirty years he has actively represented most of the players to be found in bankruptcy cases - trustees, official committees, and secured and unsecured creditors, including banks, factors, credit unions, and trade creditors. Mike is board certified in business bankruptcy law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mike is a member is the business and bankruptcy law sections of the State Bar of Texas and served on the council of the bankruptcy section from 2009 through 2012. Mike has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer in business bankruptcy law from 2009 through 2012 and 2014 through 2022. Mike also routinely represents lenders, including banks, factors and credit unions in restructuring and collecting troubled loans.

    Professional Associations:
    State Bar of Texas and its Bankruptcy Law Section
    American Bar Association
    Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
    International Factoring Association
    American Bankruptcy Institute
    Phi Beta Kappa

    Licensed to Practice:
    Supreme Court of the State of Texas (May, 1982)
    The United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas
    The United States Tax Court
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

    Educational Background:
    B.A., University of Texas, 1978 with highest honors
    J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1981

    Professional Activities:
    Shareholder - Kelly, Morgan, Dennis, Corzine and Hansen, P.C.
    Member of the Council of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2009-2012

    Professional Recognitions:
    Selected as a Texas SuperLawyer in Business Bankruptcy Law by Thompson Reuters/Texas Monthly in 2008-2012 and 2014-2019

    Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Bankruptcy Law (1992 to present)

    - Oil and Gas Bankruptcy Cases Under Chapter 11: Participants and Issues; Western District of Texas Bankruptcy Bank/Bar Conference; September 2 and 3, 1999
    - Streamlining the Chapter 11 Small Business Bankruptcy Case; Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas - Bench/Bar Conference (June, 2005)
    - Automobile Loans in Chapter 13 Cases: The "Hanging Paragraph; Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference; June 5 and 6, 2008
    - Automobile Loans in Chapter 13 Cases: What the Appellate Courts are Doing; 2008 Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference; November 13 and 14, 2008

  • Blake Hansen

    Blake Hansen
    Shareholder and Director

    Blake Hansen was born in Stamford, Texas in 1949 and received his undergraduate BBA degree from Texas Tech University in 1972. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1975. Blake concentrates his legal practice in the area of business and corporate law, transactional law, estate planning and probate law. In his business and transactional practice, Blake represents business entities in their formation, daily legal matters, and in mergers and acquisitions. His practice also includes real estate, health law, and representation of governmental entities.

    Blake received his Texas Law License in 1975 and is licensed to practice before all Texas state courts and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas and before the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the law firm in 1979, Blake was an assistant district attorney in Midland County, Texas and was County Judge of Midland County, Texas in 1978. Civically, Blake has been very active in the Odessa community by serving as a Board Member and past President of the Ellen Noel Art Museum, as Board Member and past President of United Way of Odessa, as Board Member and past President of Samaritan Counseling Center of West Texas, Inc., and is currently serving as a Board Member of Securing Samaritan's Vision, Inc. and as Board Member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Odessa Regional Medical Center. Blake and his wife, Fannie, have four adult children. Blake enjoys hunting, hiking, and most outdoor activities.

  • JT Morgan

    J.T. Morgan
    Shareholder and Director

    J.T. has been a member and shareholder of the firm since the late '80s. His practice is quite general, but his primary focus is real estate, wills, probates and the formation and representation of small businesses as well as general business transactions. He, through the years, has come to know the owners and key employees of these businesses so he has developed skill in real estate transactions, drafting wills, putting together estate plans, providing powers of attorney and assisting in the probate of estates. He has formed literally hundreds of limited liability companies, corporations, partnerships and joint ventures. As a general rule, these entities and their principals remain his clients and he assists them in day to day matters such as land transactions, mergers and sales to other companies, and the collection of delinquent accounts. J.T. has received a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating from his peers for ability and professionalism, the highest rating offered to anyone, and has enjoyed this honor and distinction every year since 1985. Among J.T.'s clients are credit unions, operating companies, oil field equipment lessors, and transportation companies.

    J.T. was born in the lower valley of El Paso in 1955.
    J.T. is married to Debbie and has been happily married since 1981. They are the proud parents of five children and grandparents to 3 grandchildren.
    He is the current president (2013-2014) of the Greater Odessa Rotary.
    J.T. is active in his church, First United Methodist Church, and has been since 1981.
    He is the Chair of the Odessa Day Nursery, a non-profit which provides discounted child-care to over 110 children and has proudly served on that board for approximately 20 years. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Christmas in Action.
    J.T. is an avid road cyclist and is a runner, both of which are done slowly.

    Bar Admissions:
    State Bar of Texas, 1981
    U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas

    Texas Tech School of Law, J.D. in 1981
    New Mexico State University, B.S. in 1978
    Professional Associations and Memberships:
    Ector County Bar Association Member, formerly President
    State Bar of Texas Member

  • Corzine

    Darrell Corzine
    Shareholder and Director

    Darrell W. Corzine is one of the firm's shareholders and directs his practice in matters of civil litigation with an emphasis on business litigation and insurance defense. He has been the lead trial attorney in numerous lawsuits in the Permian Basin and represents both plaintiffs and defendants in trials and arbitrations. He also has experience in business transaction law, maintaining a large business clientele which complements his litigation practice. Darrell is licensed to practice in both Texas and New Mexico state and federal courts. He is a past President of the Ector County Bar Association, and is a member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC) and Defense Research Institute (DRI). Darrell is active in his church and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Complex Community Federal Credit Union, the Board of Advisors for Midland Classical Academy, and acts as a judge for the local "Teen Court" program. He and his wife, Cherie, are happily married and have five children.

    Areas of Practice:
    Business Litigation
    Insurance Defense
    Business Transaction
    General Practice

    Baylor University, B.B.A., 1991
    Texas Tech University, J.D., 1994

  • Corzine

    Denis Dennis
    Shareholder and Director

    Denis Dennis Practices in the areas of Trial and Appellate Law. He has been board certified in Civil Appellate Law since 1998. His practice includes trial work in both Texas and New Mexico. He is licensed in the Northern, Western, and Southern District Courts of Texas, as well as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has been licensed in the State of New Mexico since 2006. His trial and appellate practice emphasizes insurance defense, employment, and defense of public entities.

    Mr. Dennis has an undergraduate degree from Texas Tech in Petroleum Land Management. He graduated from Texas Tech School of Law in 1990. Mr. Dennis has been practicing with the Kelly, Morgan, Denis, Corzine & Hansen firm and its predecessor since 1990. He is married to Tatiana Denis, who is also a lawyer that practices immigration law. He is active in local civic organizations, including the Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center and the United Way of Odessa. He is also active in the First Assembly of God church.

  • Corzine

    Benjamin Petty
    Associate Attorney

    Benjamin Petty is an associate with the firm, and he primarily practices in the areas of business litigation, insurance defense, representation of public entities, real estate litigation, labor/employment law, and general practice. He is licensed in state and federal courts in Texas. Before entering the practice of law, Ben obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in music theory and voice. In his spare time, Ben enjoys studying, playing, and writing classical music. He and his wife moved to the Permian Basin in 2018.

    Areas of Practice:
    Business Litigation
    Insurance Defense
    Representation of Public Entities
    Real Estate Litigation
    Labor/Employment Law
    General Practice

    Belmont University, B.M., 2010
    University of Oklahoma, M.M., 2013
    University of Oklahoma, M.M., 2013
    Texas Tech University, J.D., 2016

    Licensed to Practice:
    Supreme Court of the State of Texas
    The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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4840 E. University, Suite 200
Odessa, Texas 79762

P.O. Box 1311
Odessa, Texas 79760

PH: 432.367.7271
FAX: 432.363.9121

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