At Cokinos | Young, we believe everyone has something unique and powerful to offer. Our diversity and inclusiveness makes us stronger as a firm. But even more than that, it’s the very fabric of our culture. In the C|Y family, everyone has a seat at our table and a voice in the room. It’s the best way— and the right way —to do business.
Diversity in Action
We are committed to advancing our DE&I by embedding it all we do. Embracing diversity strengthens us, equity provides opportunity for all and inclusivity invites everyone to come as they are. But we know there’s more to do. We are committed to listening, learning and taking action to drive real change. We believe transparency is essential to reach our goals. We are regularly measuring and sharing our progress, challenges to evolve our approach to DE&I and build a better future for everyone.
of our overall management team is either racially diverse or a woman
of our operations management team is racially diverse
of our legal staff is racially diverse
of our overall population is racially diverse
Cokinos Cares About Our Community
Our firm continues to grow in size and meet the evolving workforce and community concerns by hiring, promoting, and retaining key leaders, whose commitment to diversity extends beyond the office.
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Board
Asian Bar Association
The Association of Women Attorneys
BEAR (Be A Resource) for CPS Kids
CHARM Prison Ministry
Coastal Conservation Association (CCA)
FDCC Ladder Down Program
Hispanic Bar Association of Austin
San Antonio Womens Bar Association
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Sickle Cell Association of Texas Marc Thomas Foundation
South Asian Bar Association
Spring Branch Education Foundation
Texas Diversity Council
TEXO DE&I Committee
Women In Law
When our doors opened in 1989, Cokinos | Young made a relentless pledge to provide the highest level of service and value to our clients. Cokinos | Young’s dedication to our women lawyers is a deep-rooted core value that is a part of our overall commitment to diversity. As a Family, it is our responsibility to challenge and support each employee, no matter the gender, to achieve their full potential. Our support for women is evidenced by the critical leadership roles held by our female attorneys within the firm and outside organizations.
of Equity Principals are women
of our attorneys are female
of all firm employees are women
of our summer associates are women
of our operations management team are women
Our Women Leaders
is a Principal in our Austin office and is passionate about actively pursuing diversity and inclusion in the industry and community. She is the immediate past Chair for the AGC Austin Diversity and Inclusion Committee as well assits on the TEXO DE&I Committee. She is on the AGC-TBB Legal Affairs Committee as one of the first females. Other organizations include the Travis County Women Lawyers Association, CREW Austin, and the National Association of Women in Construction. She is also the current 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.
“The construction industry and law have long been male-dominated, but I don’t have to stop being a lady or wearing my pearls, to be successful in this industry. In fact, research shows increased profits when diverse people are at the table and making decisions—and I like to be at those tables—for my firm and for my clients.”
is a Principal in our Austin office. She is a past Chair (1 of only 5 women in this role in almost 50 years) and active Board Member of the ABC Central Texas Chapter, ABC LOGIC (Women’s Leadership), Chapter Attorney for the CTSA and Vice-Chair of the national FDCC Construction Law Section and Diversity Committee.
“To the person who once asked me if I was “tough enough” to be a construction lawyer, women absolutely have the specialized skill and experience to handle any “tough” issue in their chosen field in the construction industry. And, you bet I am! I am excited to serve on local and national programs to further diversify the industry.”
opened our San Antonio office as a managing partner and remains the managing principal. Stephanie’s expertise in construction litigation has earned her recognition from numerous publications and organizations. In 2022 she was recognized as a Top Woman Lawyer by the Texas Diversity Council Lawyer of the Year for Construction Litigation by Best Lawyers in America and named one of San Antonio’s Outstanding Women in Law in 2021 for Construction Litigation by S.A. Scene magazine. In 2019, she was named a Trademark Women of Distinction. Stephanie is Board Certified in Construction Law, Chair of the Texas Bar Construction Law Section, Chair of the Construction Law Foundation, recipient of the Outstanding Lawyer by the San Antonio Business Journal, Ranked by Chambers USA, Executive Board of Directors of ABC South Texas Chapter, Nominating Committee for the State Bar of Texas, Board of Directors for CFMA, AGC Consulting Contractors Council of America Educational Committee for AGC, and active leader in the ABC/AGC San Antonio Chapters.
“I was fortunate to have female mentors who are leaders in the construction industry and have shown me that women have a voice, are accepted in this industry and can make a difference. I look forward to continuing my involvement in this industry and making a difference for my clients and the industry.”
Involvement in Organizations
At Cokinos | Young, we believe that engaging with organizations outside of our law firm further accelerates our efforts to build a more inclusive profession. In addition to industry-related organizations, our attorneys and staff are active volunteers with various social and community organizations including:
ABC LOGIC (Ladies Operating for Growth In Construction)
represents the interests of women within the construction industry and assists with increasing the quality and availability to women that will promote a positive image to other women within and outside of the industry.
The Association of Women Attorneys
Bexar County Women’s Bar Association
believes the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our community, and inextricably linked with improving the status of women in the legal profession.
Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) – Austin
which transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally by creating more opportunities for women in commercial real estate
FDCC Ladder Down Program
a year-long program dedicated to leadership empowerment, business development, and mentoring – each of which is critical for women lawyers to better position themselves for success.
National Association of Women in Construction, Austin Chapter
an association dedicated to career growth and development for women in construction.