The firm has a number of active cases defending high-profile Dram Shop and premises liability cases, and will continue to defend restaurants, bars, and hotels in challenging litigation.

Steve Skarnulis owned and managed restaurants and nightclubs long before he went to law school. He knows the hospitality industry well, having worked in small and large companies in a variety of capacities. Some recent cases the firm has handled:

  • The firm has advised and defended restaurants on Federal Fair Labor Standards Act claims for alleged improper pooling of tips.
  • The firm has counseled startup restaurants entering the Austin market, dealing with business organization, permitting, zoning issues, and licensing.
  • The firm has litigated a number of cases in the industry, including:
  • Defending claims for violation of franchise agreements and tortious interference with contractual rights in extended litigation conducted in four courts in Atlanta, Georgia and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
  • Prosecuting claims regarding software problems with hospitality management systems.


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Firm News, Press

C&S partner Blair Dancy publishes “Pleading Into Coverage” in The Advocate, the prestigious quarterly journal published by the Litigation Section of the Texas State Bar

- Steve Skarnulis

Blair’s article is a good read for lawyers on both sides of the “v.”  It gives important advice, such as, “Avoid alleging facts that cannot be supported at trial. Plead consistent with your facts and with enough detail to get the right parties to the table. An insurer with a defense but no indemnification obligation may hamper settlement discussions.”

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