J.R. SkrabanekSENIOR COUNSEL
J.R.’s practice focuses on business and civil litigation including contract disputes; shareholder and partner disputes; business torts; unfair competition; real estate litigation; construction litigation; entertainment law; and plaintiffs’ class action litigation.
J.R. has experience counseling and representing businesses, individuals, and governmental entities in complex civil litigation. This includes pre-suit investigation, serving and responding to written discovery, conducting oral discovery, negotiating settlements and mediating claims, trying cases, and successfully defending verdicts on appeal.
J.R. has tried numerous cases to successful verdict in state and federal courts, assisted in negotiating favorable settlements in multi-million dollar cases, and provided critical trial and appellate support in high-value disputes. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was on the Kentucky Law Journal, Moot Court Board, and was a Henry Clay Debate Council Scholarship Recipient.
In his spare time, J.R. loves spending time with his lovely wife, Diana, and his two dogs, Churro and Molé. You can catch J.R. around Austin frequently performing with his band, Cutest Buddhist. J.R. also spends an excessive amount of his free time playing chess.
Prior Representative Experience
- Achieved favorable jury verdicts in multiple civil rights lawsuits filed in federal courts against the State of Texas and its employees and agencies.
- Served as National Coordinating Counsel for three large product manufacturers developing comprehensive nationwide defense strategy.
- Utilities Optimization Group, L.L.C. v. TIN, Inc., 440 Fed. App’x 249 (5th Cir. 2011). In a commercial contract dispute with over $250,000 at stake, assisted in reversing an adverse jury verdict on appeal and winning denial of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.
- Successfully negotiated for software developer to retain copyright to developer’s code against employer’s competing copyright claim.
- Valdez v. Recon, Cause No. 03-12-00658-CV (Tex. App.—Austin 2014, no pet.). Obtained motion for summary judgment for employer in retaliation case by proving the employee was terminated not because of any injury but for refusing to take a post-accident drug test. Successfully defended judgment on appeal.
- Obtained $72,000 settlement for improperly terminated general contractor in Travis County, TX.
- Pro bono: Successfully invalidated a six-figure mortgage lien for distressed homeowner through suit for adverse possession and declaratory judgment that lien was not timely foreclosed.
Articles & Publications
- Employees of a Certain Age, Texas CEO Magazine, 1.28.13
- What is Your Construction Law Practice Area? The Ugly and Complex, Defense Research Institute, September 2013.
- Apparent Authority in Computer Searches: Sidestepping the Fourth Amendment, Kentucky Law Journal, Volume 97 (Spring 2009). Article cited favorably in United States of America v. Bryan J. Griswold, No. 09-CR-6174 (W.D.N.Y. May 19, 2011).
University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 2009, cum laude
University of Kentucky, B.A. (Political Science), 2005, summa cum laude
Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (Limited to top 1/3 of 1% of all Texas attorneys)
Austin Young Lawyers Association
Austin Bar Association
Board of Directors, Team Austin Foundation
Texas Young Lawyers Association
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit