Firm News

Texas Supreme Court Orders Stay of Temporary Restraining Order Prohibiting Cy-Fair ISD from Requiring On-Campus Attendance for Professional Development; Opinion on Mandamus Pending

The recent litigation over whether Cy-Fair ISD can require its staff to attend in-person professional development on campus prior to the start of the school year provides an opportunity for a refresher on satisfying the requirements for injunctive relief, mandamus relief, standing, and the waiver of governmental immunity.   Read more



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Surviving COVID-19 - Small Business Loan Programs

The current Coronavirus pandemic, and measures to curb it, have had catastrophic effects on small businesses around the country. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently signed into law provides several programs aimed directly at assisting small businesses.   Read more



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Cain & Skarnulis Volunteers at First Ever Expunction Expo

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, Cain & Skarnulis paralegals Patti Heaney and Scotti Beam volunteered their time at the first ever Expunction Expo hosted by the Travis County District Clerk’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, and the County Attorney’s Office in connection with Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas.   Read more




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

- Blair Dancy

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.”   Read more


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Charlie Cain admitted to Colorado Bar

- Charlie Cain

C&S Partner Charlie Cain was sworn in as a new member of the Colorado Bar on July 27, 2017. According to Charlie, “several of the firm's existing clients have business in Colorado, so it made sense to expand our practice to that great state from that standpoint and also to work toward representation of new Colorado clients.”   Read more







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C&S Client Sues Houston for More Than $10M in Unpaid Consulting Fees

Cain & Skarnulis filed suit against the City of Houston on behalf of Tri-Stem Utility Bill Audits. Tri-Stem was hired by the city to audit the bills of CenterPoint Energy. The audit uncovered overcharges for thousands of streetlights that were no longer in service. The overcharges were worth tens of millions of dollars, and represented a significant fee to Tri-Stem.   Read more




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Unusual Mediation Leads to Settlement

The lawyers of Cain & Skarnulis, an Austin business litigation boutique, won a settlement in a case following a creative mediation process put together by a federal magistrate judge. T.J. Turner, Pat Fitzgerald, and Steve Skarnulis represented Liberty Steel Erectors in a case involving delays in the construction of a $500 million medical center on Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Liberty, a Florida company specializing in reinforcing steel for concrete, sued Penick Nordic Joint Venture, a California company responsible for the building’s superstructure. Liberty’s claims against PNJV were for unpaid change orders and delays.   Read more




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Steve Skarnulis

​Arc of the Arts Studio & Gallery is viewed as the go-to organization for people with disabilities in Central Texas, and the most instrumental organization at increasing the self-sufficiency of people with disabilities, developing and strengthening the care-giving abilities of their families, and promoting community awareness of disability issues.   Read more






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Hot economy prompts new law firms and expansions

Cain & Skarnulis LLP was launched in April by Steven Skarnulis and Charles Cain, two attorneys formerly with Van Osselaer Cronin & Buchanan. The firm specializing in litigation, oil and gas and real estate law took about 2,300 square feet in the Wells Fargo Tower.   Read article