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Firm Profile

Cokinos | Young

Firm Profile

Houston

  • Profile
  • Four Houston Center
  • 1221 Lamar
  • 16th Floor
  • Houston
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77010

Firm profile submitted by Cokinos | Young

President, CEO and Managing Partner: Gregory Cokinos
Principals: 29 Number of other lawyers: 24


Founded in 1989, Cokinos | Young is a leading law firm in the construction and real estate industries. With over 50 attorneys and offices in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Austin, Cokinos | Young has evolved into a fully integrated firm, offering a comprehensive portfolio of legal services for both public and private-sector clients. In addition to representing clients on construction claims issues and contract negotiations, Cokinos | Young’s practice includes commercial litigation, corporate law, insurance and risk management, bankruptcy and creditor rights, labor and employment, appellate law, and alternative dispute resolution.



Construction:

■ Gregory Cokinos is the first lawyer in Houston elected to American College of Construction Lawyers
■ Leadership in local, statewide, and national bar and industry forums/construction law organizations
■ Transactional and litigation services across the industry spectrum
■ Careful negotiation and early intervention for claim prevention on the front end

Commercial Litigation:
■ At least 80% of firm’s commercial litigation centered on real estate development, construction, engineering and design matters
■ Commercial litigation group handles all appellate matters and counsels for litigation avoidance
■ Significant and complex international litigation in locations such as South America, Europe and the Middle East

Corporate:
■ Formation of business entities, including crucial tasks of selecting proper form/ management provisions
■ Acquisitions, divestitures, and mergers – from initial negotiations to closing
■ Represent global companies as well as small/mid-size businesses desiring to expand market presence
■ Asset and equity acquisitions/sales, venture financing/ agreements and reorganizations/reformations
■ Complex funding arrangements, including leveraged transactions and mezzanine financing

Insurance/Risk Management:
■ Coverage litigation; duty to defend, indemnify, settle and appeal lawsuits/claims against clients
■ Extensive review of insurance coverage and business agreements to maximize contractual risk transfer
■ Complex commercial property exposures; builders risk, business interrogation, extra expense and commercial crime/subrogation issues
■ Represent sureties, principals and obligees in connection with performance, payment, bid, fidelity and myriad of other bonds associated with complex business
■ Defect, builders risk, work place injuries, design professional liability, and commercial property/business interruption

Commercial Real Estate:
■ Large-scale land acquisitions for commercial buildings, transaction and financing issues for commercial developers, and real estate purchases/sales
■ Real estate negotiations, transactions and documentation
■ Commercial leases, governmental/private land use regulations/compliance, management of liability risks
■ Represent some of the largest construction companies/ developers in the country
■ Construction, leasing and sale/exchange of central business district properties including high-rise office towers

Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights:
■ Secured/unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, bankruptcy trustees; special counsel in complex bankruptcy proceedings
■ Out-of-court settlement, formal bankruptcy, prosecute litigation to satisfy judgments and pre-judgment relief; sequestrations, attachments and garnishments
■ Defends against debtors, trustees and creditor committees to raid payments claimed to be voidable preferences
■ Team of corporate, transactional, and litigation attorneys, offering assistance in planning for possible liquidity issues

Labor & Employment:
■ Comprehensive and aggressive representation in employment litigation defense and administrative actions; limit future liability exposure
■ Protect employer interests in proceedings with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division, US Department of Labor, Texas Commission on Human Rights, and Texas Workforce Commission
■ Consult on current trends/strategies in employment law for Associated General Contractors, Association of Builders and Contractors, Houston Bar Association and Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce
■ Title VII harassment suits, discrimination and retaliation claims, claims under Fair Labor Standards Act, benefits disputes - including Family and Medical Leave Act and ERISA questions, and state companion statutes to federal laws
■ Draft and revise employment policies and procedures including manuals, hiring, termination and employment-related decision practices
■ Advise on employment laws and enforcing rules/ regulations, non-competition agreements, intellectual property, security agreements and disputes

Appellate:
■ Broad scope including commercial and business litigation; contractual or transactional, employment, business tort, and surety disputes
■ Focused representation before Texas’ appellate courts, Texas Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and federal appeals courts nationwide
■ Proven record of success adding value to litigation practice, securing favorable decisions and representing clients’ positions in crucible of legal disputes

Alternative Dispute Resolution:
■ Full range Alternative Dispute Resolution including all forms of arbitration and mediation
■ Representative areas: commercial, industrial (onshore and offshore), residential and highway construction, employment, real estate, lender liability, commercial fraud, deceptive trade practices, intellectual property, contract issues, personal injury and insurance coverage
■ Nationally known mediators and arbitrators provide ADR services as the neutral and serve as national trainers, seminar speakers and published authors
■ Close ties with organizations such as the American Arbitration Association keep firm at forefront of new advances

Branches

  • 10999 West IH-10,
  • Suite 800,
  • San Antonio,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 78230
  • Tel (210) 293-8700
  • Fax (210) 293-8733
  • Crestview Tower, Suite 800,
  • 105 Decker Court, Irving,
  • Dallas,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 75062
  • Tel 817 635 3600
  • Fax 817 635 3633
  • 1210 Nueces Street, Austin, ,
  • Austin,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 78701
  • Tel 512 476 1080
  • Fax 512 476 7770