Cokinos | Young Promotes Six Attorneys to Principal and Two to Senior Counsel

Cokinos | Young is pleased to announce eight attorneys have been promoted in 2024. Chris Burwell, Bianca Cedrone, Laura Napoli-Janitens, Katie Nash, Mitchell Powell, and Josh Woods have been promoted to Principal, and Cody Graham and Kevin Moczygemba have been promoted to Senior Counsel, in recognition of their commitment to their clients and the Firm, hard work, and dedication to providing best-in-class service.

“It is an honor to welcome our 2024 Principal and Senior Counsel class,” said founding partner Gregory Cokinos. “We are extremely proud of each of them for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to our clients and being leaders of the firm.”

“All eight attorneys are true leaders and have exemplified the core values of our C|Y family, ” said founding partner Marc Young. “We look forward to their continued contributions to the firm for years to come.”

Congratulations to all on reaching this significant career milestone!

Christopher Burwell is a principal at the San Antonio office of Cokinos | Young. Since 2009, Christopher has represented general contractors and subcontractors with respect to commercial private and public works, both at the state and federal level. Christopher’s practice particularly focuses on drafting, filing and defending construction claims against public entities as well as private commercial entities, and preparation of mechanic’s and materialmen’s liens on a public and private commercial project level. Christopher continually advises and educates clients as well as assists in filing and prosecuting claims against private and public payment and performance bonds at the state and federal level. Finally, a good portion of Christopher’s work focuses on review, comment and interpretation of public and private commercial contracts, pre- and post- procurement and commencement. Christopher has been board certified in Texas Construction law since 2016 and has held office for the Construction Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association. As a son of a public school teacher and farmer, Christopher uses his experience and small town upbringing to provide a hardening, resilient, analytical, yet common sense approach to his practice and his clients’ everyday legal issues.

Bianca Cedrone focuses on defending personal injury claims including, catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims. She has extensive experience in defending: trucking and commercial motor vehicle accidents, product liability, premises liability, construction site injuries, construction defects, automobile accidents, and Texas Non-Subscriber claims. Bianca believes in taking an efficient approach to litigating cases, being responsive to clients, and putting forth an aggressive defense in a cost-efficient manner.

Cody Graham is a trial lawyer and senior counsel in the San Antonio office of Cokinos | Young.  Cody has extensive experience in defending against construction defect claims, trucking accident suits, workplace injury claims, and general business disputes.  Prior to joining Cokinos | Young, Cody focused his practice on the pursuit of subrogation claims on residential and commercial property losses involving millions of dollars in dispute.  In his subrogation practice, Cody was lead counsel on a multitude of suits asserting faulty construction, installation errors, and products defect liability.  Cody has tried over a dozen cases in state court and through arbitration, including first-chair jury trial experience.  In addition, Cody has appellate experience including the submission of briefings up to the Texas Supreme Court.

Kevin Moczygemba helps clients in commercial litigation and in the defense of serious personal injury cases.  He has extensive experience handling matters involving breach of contract, construction defect, fraud, and other business torts, mechanics liens, and personal injury. Kevin also has significant experience working with government contracts.  After law school, he served as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile System Center where he gained invaluable insights into the government’s contracting process. Kevin also served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Texas Attorney General’s Office where he brought cases against government contractors for fraud, kickbacks, and other regulatory violations.

Laura Napoli-Janitens is a principal in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young. Her practice focuses on counseling clients through all phases of dispute resolution involving complex commercial and construction disputes. She has experience representing businesses in a diverse range of commercial matters in state, federal, and appellate courts, including litigation involving real estate disputes, industrial construction, pipelines, water supply distribution systems, municipal utility districts, developer disputes, and tort defense.

Katie Nash is a principal in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young, where she is a member of the Corporate & Real Estate Transactions practice group. Katie’s practice primarily focuses on corporate governance, private equity matters, mergers and acquisitions, and the general representation of clients regarding businesses of all types, where she advises on all aspects of the corporate life cycle from formation to growth, reorganization, restructuring, and finally to winding up. Katie also represents clients in commercial and residential real estate transactions, debt and equity financing, employment issues, complex business contract negotiations, and related transactional matters.

Mitchell Powell is a principal in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young. Mitchell’s practice focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation matters and catastrophic claims for a wide range of clients in the construction, oil and gas, electrical, utility, manufacturing, and trucking industries. He develops close working relationships with clients and acquires an in-depth understanding of their businesses in order to best protect their interests through implementation of effective legal strategies.

Joshua Woods is a litigation attorney in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young, focusing primarily on complex commercial and industrial construction disputes. Joshua has handled construction disputes involving petrochemical plants, pipelines and compressor stations, multi-family residential construction, high-rise apartments and condominiums, large-scale network infrastructure, utility locating services, and healthcare facilities. Joshua also has substantial experience and expertise at managing clients’ electronic discovery needs as part of the litigation process.

About Cokinos | Young

Cokinos | Young has led Texas construction and real estate law for over three decades. And today, our 100+ dedicated professionals operate coast to coast and proudly handle all aspects of construction law for owner/developers, project managers, general contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, sureties, and lenders. We provide both dispute resolution and transactional services to clients through all phases of commercial, industrial, pipeline, offshore, civil, and residential construction. Our reputation was built on relentless commitment to client service and the industries we serve, and that remains our primary driver. Dedicated. Resilient. Expertise. That’s Cokinos | Young. Learn more at

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