Stephanie Cook has extensive experience with a wide range of business disputes, having successfully represented banks, insurance companies, owners, developers, and individuals in complex commercial and construction litigation and bankruptcy for over twenty years. She began her career at Winstead P.C. and worked in the Austin and Houston offices handling lender liability and workouts. She actively served in its leadership committee before moving back to Austin to work in a litigation boutique handling civil and appellate litigation in state and federal courts for insurers, national lending institutions, and construction clients. Stephanie has settled, tried or appealed a broad range of commercial cases in state and federal courts in Texas, from fraud, construction defects, commercial leases, subcontractor and general contractor disputes, director and officer liability, to lender liability and partnership disputes. She continues to represent international and national lending institutions relating to workout, debt restructuring, asset protection, and defaults. Her knowledge of lending practices translates into her ability to assess and protect clients, including contractors, in projects that are financially distressed.
Her devotion to the construction industry includes representing contractors before the Texas Legislature on matters important to continued construction success in Texas. She is a member of the Associated General Contractors-Texas Building Branch, Legal Affairs Committee which monitors developing law affecting the construction industry, and partners with experts in engineering and architecture to understand all aspects of construction, engineering, and design. Frequently, she speaks with professional associations on best practices and developing law to understand business risks within the construction industry. Her experience also earned her acceptance into the American Arbitration Association roster for complex commercial and construction litigation.
Stephanie also gives back to the community through leadership in Scouts, USA (formerly, Boy Scouts of America). She currently serves as the District Chair for the Bee Cave District and has held a variety of leadership positions in the scouting programs in elementary, middle, and high school since 2010. She also participates in the Women’s Symphony League of Austin, a community outreach program designed to provide education on the arts and music to children.