Stephanie H. Cook

Principal

Austin

512-476-1198

scook@cokinoslaw.com

Practice Areas

Biography

Stephanie Cook has extensive experience with a wide range of business disputes, having successfully represented banks, insurance companies, owners, developers, and individuals in complex commercial and construction litigation and bankruptcy for over twenty years. She began her career at Winstead P.C. and worked in the Austin and Houston offices handling lender liability and workouts.  She actively served in its leadership committee before moving back to Austin to work in a litigation boutique handling civil and appellate litigation in state and federal courts for insurers, national lending institutions, and construction clients.  Stephanie has settled, tried or appealed a broad range of commercial cases in state and federal courts in Texas, from fraud, construction defects, commercial leases, subcontractor and general contractor disputes, director and officer liability, to lender liability and partnership disputes.   She continues to represent international and national lending institutions relating to workout, debt restructuring, asset protection, and defaults.  Her knowledge of lending practices translates into her ability to assess and protect clients, including contractors, in projects that are financially distressed.

Her devotion to the construction industry includes representing contractors before the Texas Legislature on matters important to continued construction success in Texas.  She is a member of the Associated General Contractors-Texas Building Branch, Legal Affairs Committee which monitors developing law affecting the construction industry, and partners with experts in engineering and architecture to understand all aspects of construction, engineering, and design.  Frequently, she speaks with professional associations on best practices and developing law to understand business risks within the construction industry.  Her experience also earned her acceptance into the American Arbitration Association roster for complex commercial and construction litigation.

Stephanie also gives back to the community through leadership in Scouts, USA (formerly, Boy Scouts of America).  She currently serves as the District Chair for the Bee Cave District and has held a variety of leadership positions in the scouting programs in elementary, middle, and high school since 2010.  She also participates in the Women’s Symphony League of Austin, a community outreach program designed to provide education on the arts and music to children.

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators (2019)
  • “Texas Rising Star,” Texas Monthly, 2004
  • 2021 Edition of Texas’ Best Lawyers® for Construction Law & Litigation-Construction

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association – Roster
  • Construction and Civil Law Sections, State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association
  • Associated General Contractors (“AGC”)
    • AGC-TBB Legal Affairs Committee
  • Women’s Symphony League- Austin
  • CREW Austin Chapter, Past –Committee Member
  • National Association of Women in Construction, Austin Chapter, Board of Director 2017-2018, Past –Committee Member
  • Community Involvement with Scouts USA, formerly, Boy Scouts of America
    • Bee Cave District Chair 2020-present
    • Bee Cave District Vice- Chair 2019-2020

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, St. Mary’s School of Law, 1999′
    • Order of the Barristers
    • John Harlan Society
    • Phi Delta Phi Honor Society
    • St. Mary’s Law Journal, Associate Editor
  • B.A., Texas Tech University, 1994

Admissions

  • Texas, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U. S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • “Texas Legislative Update,” TCEL / Geoprofessionals Serving Texas, February 2020
  • “The Successful Use and Presentation of Experts,” The Basics in Construction Law Annual Seminar, December 2019 & December 2018
  • Guest Lecturer, Texas A&M University, Graduate Program in Engineering 2019- present
  • “Managing Engineering Liability and Risk,” HalfMoon Seminar, January 2019
  • “Concrete and Contracting Issues,” American Concrete Institute, July 2018
  • “Meeting the A/E’s Standard of Care,” Houston Engineering Society, February 2018
  • “Navigating Risks for Geoprofessionals,” TCEL / Geoprofessionals Serving Texas, January 2018
  • “The Toll of Litigation,” Moderator, Geoprofessional Business Association, October 2017
  • “Contract Clauses,” National Association of Women in Construction, April 2017
  • “The Toll of Litigation,” TCEL/Geoprofessionals Serving Texas, Geoprofessionals Case Histories Seminar, February 2017
  • “You Won! Ten things you did not know when collecting a judgment,” NACM Southwest Credit Exchange, August 2015
  • “Negotiating a Contract, Clauses, Changes, and Delays,” Construction Executive, July 2017
  • “Case History Reviews,” Editorial Board, Geoprofessional Business Association, April 2017 – December 2019 (Assist with legal content and editing)
  • “Texas Groundwater: Reconciling the Rule of Capture with Environmental and Community Demands,” 30 St. Mary’s L.J. 305 (1998)