J.R. Skrabanek focuses his practice on personal injury, products liability defense, labor and employment, and construction defects. He has experience defending individuals and businesses in civil litigation, including contract, tort, civil rights, and employment matters.
Prior to joining Segal McCambridge, Mr. Skrabanek served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, where he successfully tried numerous cases to verdict and garnered a substantial amount of experience in both federal and state courts across Texas. A native Texan, Mr. Skrabanek is familiar with how to litigate claims efficiently and effectively in both trial and appellate courts.
Utilities Optimization Group, L.L.C. v. TIN, Inc., d/b/a Temple-Inland, Case No. 10-40471 (United States Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit, August 8, 2011). Assisted in appellate briefing on the reversal of an adverse jury verdict in a commercial contract dispute with over $250,000 at stake.
Successfully defeated an employment discrimination claim filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by showing the claimant was terminated for poor job performance, not due to an alleged disability.
Achieved favorable jury verdicts in four separate civil rights lawsuits filed in federal courts against employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
University of Kentucky, B.A. (political science), 2005, summa cum laude, Dean's List all semesters
University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 2009, cum laude
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
"Employees of a Certain Age," Texas CEO Magazine (January 2013).
"Apparent Authority in Computer Searches: Sidestepping the Fourth Amendment," Kentucky Law Journal, Volume 97 (Spring 2009). Article cited favorably in United States of America v. Bryan J. Griswold, No. 09-CR-6174 (W.D.N.Y. May 19, 2011).
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
Austin Young Lawyers Association
Texas Young Lawyers Association
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
Henry Clay Debate Council Scholarship Recipient
Kentucky Law Journal
Moot Court Board