Cokinos | Young
Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Cokinos Cares

Cokinos | Young cares and is deeply committed to fostering an environment that embraces differences, promotes equality, and welcomes an inclusive culture. As a Family, we ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion permeate throughout every aspect of the firm. We pledge to continue to put in the work to drive change and advocate for justice so we can stand together as one against racial injustice and bias that have proven to divide us. We believe that our inclusive environment and collective culture are essential to furthering our clients’ interests and the satisfaction of our team. We encourage our diverse group of lawyers and staff to draw from their individual unique experiences but come together as our Cokinos | Young Family. The result— a team that looks different as individuals, but as a Family, unified by our commitment to obtaining the best possible outcomes for our clients and our communities.

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:

AGC Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Stephanie Cook AGC Austin Committee Chair
Christian C. Trevino

Asian Bar Association
Christopher Wan

ACE Mentor
Stephanie Cook Legal Chair

Hispanic Bar Association of Austin
Rebekah Breque

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Andres Gonzalez

South Asian Bar Association
Jaskiran K. Samra

BEAR (Be A Resource) for CPS Kids
Graham Quinn

Safe Austin
Lauren Aldredge

Professor University of Texas School of Law
Lauren Aldredge

Adjunct Professor University of Texas
Stephanie Cook

Professor Texas A&M University
Gregory Cokinos

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Gregory Cokinos

Houston’s Harvard Alumni group
Alfredo Montelongo

San Antonio Church Advisory Board
Kyle Zunker

Interscholastic Hockey League of Houston
Charles Getman

ABC Emerging Leaders Group
Timothy Maloney

Charm Prison Ministry
Darrell Taylor Board Chair

Houston’s First Baptist Church Board of Deacons
Darrell Taylor Vice Chair

Ducks Unlimited- Wildlife Conservation
Craig Power
John Warren

Bee Cave District
Stephanie Cook District Chair

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.

25 percent of Equity Principals are women

35 percent of our construction attorneys are female

51 percent of the firm is comprised of women

61 percent of our summer associates are women

 

Stephanie Cook is a Principal in our Austin office and is passionate about actively pursuing diversity and inclusion in the industry and community. She currently serves as the Chair for the AGC Austin Diversity and Inclusion Committee as well as working with TEXO to implement a diversity and inclusion program.  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.” – Stephanie Cook

Shelly Masters 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.” – Shelly Masters

Stephanie O’Rourke opened our San Antion 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 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.” – Stephanie O’Rourke

Our Involvement In Female Empowerment Organizations

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.
Shelly Masters

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.
Shelly Masters

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
Katy Lumpkin
Stephanie Cook

The Association of Women Attorneys is a community outreach program designed to provide education on the arts and music to children.
Tracy Glenn

Women’s Symphony League of Austin is to provide leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal industry.
 Stephanie Cook

Travis County Women Lawyers Association connects women lawyers and promotes professional and personal advancement through CLEs and social and networking events.
 Stephanie Cook

National Association of Women in Construction, Austin Chapter an association dedicated to career growth and development for women in construction.
 Stephanie Cook Board of Directors 2017-2018, Past –Committee Member