TJ Turner

Top rated business litigation attorney in Austin, Texas

Cain & Skarnulis PLLC
TJ Turner
Cain & Skarnulis PLLC

Practice Areas: Business litigation, Construction litigation, Business & corporate; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 2004

Education: Baylor Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018

Cain & Skarnulis PLLC

303 Colorado St
Suite 2850
Austin, TX 78701 Visit website


T.J. Turner focuses his practice on litigation and administrative law. He assists clients with a wide range of  issues, including those involving business disputes, professional negligence, fiduciary liability, construction, and regulatory issues. 

A third-generation attorney, Mr. Turner's experience includes obtaining successful verdicts, settlements and rulings on behalf of clients in state and federal courts and on appeal. He thoroughly prepares each case as though it is going to trial, but he is willing to pursue resolution through negotiation or mediation whenever possible. Mr. Turner provides people with personalized service and develops client-focused strategies aimed at minimizing their exposure or maximizing their recovery, depending on the circumstances.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science in public relations from Texas Tech University, Mr. Turner went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Baylor Law School. He gained valuable experience serving as a briefing attorney for the 11th Court of Appeals, an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Texas and Assistant General Counsel for the Governor of Texas. In his private practice, Mr. Turner draws on the knowledge he gained in these roles to help him advocate for his clients and their rights.

Staying active in the community is a priority for Mr. Turner. He has served as a public member and enforcement committee chair for the Texas Real Estate Commission, and on the board of trustees and administrative board for the First United Methodist Church of Austin. Mr. Turner is also on the board of directors of I Live Here I Give Here and the Flatwater Foundation.

Practice areas

Business litigation, Construction litigation: business, Business/corporate, General litigation, Professional liability: defense

Focus areas

Construction defects, Business formation and planning, Limited liability companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business organizations, Litigation, Legal malpractice

  • 40% Business litigation
  • 30% Construction litigation: business
  • 10% Business/corporate
  • 10% General litigation
  • 10% Professional liability: defense

First Admitted: 2004, Texas

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Flatwater Foundation, Board Member
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Volunteer
  • Baylor Business Network
  • First United Methodist Church of Austin, Administrative Board and Board of Trustees
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas Tech Ex-Students Association
  • I Live Here I Give Here - Board Member
  • Commissioner, Texas Real Estate Commissioner, 2014
Representative Clients:
  • Austin Fashion Week
  • MLAW Consultants & Engineers
  • Hillwood Development
  • Asterra Properties
  • Standard Pacific Homes
  • Fort Apache Energy
  • Personique
  • BioMedical Enterprises, Inc.
  • Capital Pacific Homes
  • Liberty Steel Erectors, Inc.
Educational Background:
  • Texas Tech University, B.S. in Public Relations
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association, Construction and Appellate Sections, Member
  • All federal districts in Texas
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association, Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott re-appointed Mr. Turner as a public member and secretary of the Texas Real Estate Commission, 2015
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Mr. Turner as a public member and secretary of the Texas Real Estate Commission, 2012
  • Nominee - Austin Under 40 Awards, 2015
  • Teaching and Research Assistant in Baylor’s nationally ranked Practice Court program—described by the Princeton Review as “boot camp” for trial attorneys, Baylor University School of Law
  • Member, Texas Tech College of Media & Communication Alumni Advisory Board, 2017
Industry Groups:
  • Banking
  • Biotech
  • Construction
  • Corporate
  • Government
  • Hospitality
  • Real Estate

Office location for TJ Turner

303 Colorado St
Suite 2850
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512-477-5000


3 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018

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