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J.R.  Skrabanek

J.R. Skrabanek

Partner, Thompson & Skrabanek, PLLC
  • Real Estate Law, Business Law, Employment Law ...
  • New York, Texas
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J.R. is a problem-solver for successful businesses and individuals.

J.R. has tried a dozen cases to verdict in state and federal courts. He has successfully settled or prevailed in hundreds of cases in his career, sometimes with millions of dollars at stake. In 2019, J.R. won a $1.5 million dollar plaintiff’s verdict. In 2018, he was part of the trial team for one of the 50 largest verdicts in Texas. Also in 2018, he secured a take-nothing defense verdict for a real estate developer facing a multi-million dollar claim.

J.R.’s practice focuses on all types of business and commercial litigation, including contracts, real estate, debt defense, and consumer law, amongst many others. J.R. also serves as outside General Counsel to thriving businesses.

Practice Areas
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Intellectual Property
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Consumer Law
    Class Action, Lemon Law
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
    Entertainment & Sports Law
    Communications & Internet Law
    Internet Law, Media & Advertising, Telecommunications Law
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
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State Bar of Texas
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5th Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Thompson & Skrabanek, PLLC
- Current
University of Kentucky College of Law
J.D. (2009)
Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: Member, Law Review
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Texas Bar Foundation
Limited to top 1/3 of 1% of all Texas attorneys.
Texas Bar College
Recognition for voluntary additional Continuing Legal Education credits.
Professional Associations
State Bar of Texas
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New York State Bar Association
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New York City Bar Association
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Articles & Publications
13 Things Your Landlord Won’t Tell You—That Could Cost You Money
Reader's Digest
18 Experts On Running A Successful Non-Profit
Free Press Directory
3 Easy Ways to Royally Muck Up Your Freelance Contracts
Entrepreneur Magazine
For Consumer Problems, Sometimes The Best Advocate Has A Law Degree
Huffington Post
How to Break a Contract Without Paying Dearly
U.S. News & World Report
How to Tell if You Were Fired From Your Job Illegally
Huffington Post
Plaintiffs, Upset With Text Offering, Appeal Dismissal Of Class Action
What The 3D Printed Guns Battle Means For Bitcoin and DApps
Speaking Engagements
Copyright and Trademark Basics Every Attorney Should Know
International Association of Privacy Professionals
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered
Q. Commercial rent dispute in NY. Judge set prelim. conference after SJ motion. Should defense try to settle before prelim?
A: Either could work. Generally, settling earlier rather than later is often in the parties' best interests because they reduce their overall transaction costs. The longer the dispute continues, the more the parties have to expend in furthering their interests. However, often settling early is just not an option. There are a number of unique defenses available to NY commercial tenants due to COVID and various executive orders. It would be wise to consult with a lawyer to understand all your options.
Q. Does an easement appurtenant ends when the servient estate obtains title to the Dominant estate?
A: Title is taken by an individual or entity, not the land. If the same owner takes title to both the dominant and servient estates, then the easement is extinguished through the "merger" of the estates. I hope this helps answer your question.
Q. I’m PerDiem employee. I emailed my boss saying I can no longer work Sundays. I’m Christian. She said no. She can do this
A: Your employer is within its rights to not exempt you from having to work on Sundays so long as the employer does not provide preferential treatment to other co-workers of different faiths. If, for example, the employer gives other non-Christian employees one day off each week for their own religious holidays, it could be subject to liability under the Civil Rights Act for disparate treatment. However, so long as the employer treats all the employees equally in denying requests for time off for religious reasons, it may do so without breaking any laws.
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Thompson & Skrabanek, PLLC
New York
515 Madison Avenue
31st Floor
New York, NY 10022
Toll-Free: (646) 568-4280
Telephone: (646) 568-4280
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed