Steve Skarnulis

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Austin, Texas

Cain & Skarnulis PLLC
Steve Skarnulis
Cain & Skarnulis PLLC

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 2003

Education: Baylor University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2007

Cain & Skarnulis PLLC

303 Colorado St
Suite 2850
Austin, TX 78701 Visit website


Mr. Skarnulis was an entrepreneur before he became a business litigator.  He approaches cases not just from the perspective of how to win in the litigation, but how to best serve his clients' business interests.  The two are not always the same.  

In 2007, Mr. Skarnulis and Charlie Cain formed Cain & Skarnulis, now a 16 lawyer litigation boutique.  The firm quickly developed a reputation for creative litigation tactics, and has consistently achieved fantastic results for its clients.  

 Mr. Skarnulis is primarily a business trial lawyer with a wide-ranging caseload, including shareholder cases, fiduciary liability, director and officer liability, oil and gas disputes, intellectual property rights cases, real estate, construction, technology and a wide array of other business disputes. He has deep trial and arbitration experience.  He also works with clients on business planning and strategy, to efficiently get the best outcome.

Mr. Skarnulis has developed a sterling reputation for his involvement in high stakes and high profile cases.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Construction Litigation: Business, Estate & Trust Litigation, Civil Litigation: Defense, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Real Estate: Business, Securities Litigation

Focus areas

Construction Defects, Non-Compete Agreements, Trade Secret

  • 20% Business Litigation
  • 20% Construction Litigation: Business
  • 20% Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Real Estate: Business
  • 10% Other

First Admitted: 2003, Texas

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Several CLE presentations on expert witness management, director and officer insurance and management of a multi-generational law practice.
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, awarded to 1/3 of the top 1% annually.
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Advocacy/mock trial coach, University of Texas, 2013
  •  , The Austin Law Firm Battling Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell Over the "Big Lie", Texas Monthly, 2021
  • Awarded fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, an exclusive group that has as members a very small percentage of the bar members.  , Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation,, 2014
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Defense verdict for fiduciary in 3 week jury trial with over $100M in alleged damages., 2022
  • Settled millions of dollars in claims in an oil and gas real estate dispute., 2020
  • Defended case in federal court with more than $6.5 million in alleged damages, settled with no monetary payment., 2017
  • Won defense verdict in a jury trial over a business divorce, with alleged damages of $56 million.  Attorney's fees of more than $500,000 awarded to the defendants., 2017
  • Won plaintiff's verdict in construction breach of contract case, with 100% of damages and fees sought awarded.  , 2017
  • Settled claim for ownership of a technology patent worth $30 million after arbitration., 2016
  • Won plaintiff's verdict in federal jury trial in a rare commercial wrongful foreclosure case.  $1 million., 2015
  • Largest verdict in Kendall County history, $8.4 M, November 2014, final judgment of $10.3M.  , 2014
Representative Clients:
  • Defense verdict in 3 week jury trial for fiduciary with over $100M in damages sought., 2022
Industry Groups:
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Fiduciary
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Technology

Office location for Steve Skarnulis

303 Colorado St
Suite 2850
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512-201-8679


5 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2007

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