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Cokinos | Young

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President, CEO and Managing Partner: Gregory Cokinos
Principals: 33
Number of other lawyers: 28

Firm Overview:
Well known for leadership and undisputed construction expertise since 1989, Cokinos | Young offers a broad array of legal services that are delivered with a commitment to efficiency, value and client service.

In today’s complex and constantly changing business environment, Cokinos | Young continues to use practical experience and pragmatic approaches to manage serious legal challenges. As we have expanded our capabilities over the years to a true full-service law firm, Cokinos | Young’s commitment to the construction industry has never wavered. Clients benefit from our extensive experience on a wide range of construction projects in both the public and private sectors.

The firm's commitment to the construction industry includes extensive involvement with many industry related associations. These relationships provide us with the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing evolution of issues impacting both the construction industry at large and the clients it represents, making Cokinos | Young the most innovative and influential firm in the business.

Cokinos | Young has multiple Chambers USA and AV rated attorneys and handles matters throughout the State of Texas as well as on a national and global level. When we first opened our doors 28 years ago, Gregory Cokinos and Marc Young committed to providing our clients the highest level of legal knowledge, value, attentive service, excellence, and a full commitment to obtaining the best possible outcomes. Today, the firm continues to embody that strong foundation of core values and is why it is proud to continue servicing clients that started on the journey with the firm in 1989.

Main Areas of Practice:


■ 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

■ 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

■ 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