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Brandon P.

Brandon Pittard

49 reviews
I've spent the majority of my legal career in house at various companies, and know how to balance legal risk against the needs of a business. As legal counsel at several di... read more
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Erin Hudson

39 reviews
Erin graduated magna cum law from Baylor Law School, clerked for a federal judge, cut her teeth at an AmLaw 200 firm, and spent over a decade representing businesses in com... read more
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Christopher Cyrus

2 reviews
Christopher Cyrus is a highly-skilled attorney specializing in complex-commercial litigation. He earned his J.D., with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law, w... read more
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Thomas E.

Thomas Eisweirth

2 reviews
Thomas Eisweirth is a distinguished legal professional. His areas of expertise encompass energy, bankruptcy, litigation, and intellectual property, and he has a proven trac... read more
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Joshua M.

Joshua Massingill

10 reviews
Joshua practices in Austin, Texas and serves clients across the United States. He is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and the Straus Institute, the nation’... read more
Michael R.

Michael Ramos

8 reviews
Michael Ramos has a notable education and impressive entrepreneurial record. A graduate of the coveted Stanford Law School, he also earned a master’s in Management Science and Engineering. Founder of, where he serves as General Counsel, he also works in Austin, TX where he focuses his legal practice on serving the technology, real estate, financial and software industries.
Lia S.

Lia Smith

6 reviews
I am a Duke Law graduate with a computer science degree. As a corporate and IP law attorney, the combination of my technology background, legal education and experience, an... read more
Justin B.

Justin Bryant

2 reviews
Justin graduated from the University of Texas law school and has a bachelor's degree in finance. His practice areas include corporate law and commercial contracts, with a p... read more
Anne G.

Anne Grigg

Anne is a trusted attorney skilled in advising and representing both Fortune 500 and local clients in a variety of business and litigation matters. Her experience includes ... read more
Lisa T.

Lisa Thorsen

51 reviews
Licensed in California and Texas, Lisa Thorsen focuses on corporate contracts and transactions, trusts and estates, real estate, and startups. She previously worked as an associate attorney at Circuit, McKellogg, Kinney & Ross, LLP for six and a half years and spent the past 3 years in private practice as a solo practitioner. Ms. Thorsen has 8+ years of experience practicing law as a licensed attorney.
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What Makes a Great Contract Attorney?


If you’re on the lookout for a contract attorney, you may be somewhat lost concerning what qualities make for a great contract attorney – especially if you do not have prior experience working with an attorney in the past.  When considering an attorney, try to find one who exhibits the following qualities.


Willing to Explain Confusing Provisions


As a layperson, you are likely to find that many contract provisions you encounter are not easily understood.  You should not execute any contract unless you fully understand the provisions that you are agreeing to.  Before you move forward, make sure that you speak with your attorney about any confusing contract provisions.  The ideal Austin contract attorney will be willing and able to help you understand all the material provisions of your contract.


Advises on Favorable and Unfavorable Terms


Your attorney should not simply be a tool for drafting your contract.  The best contract attorneys in Austin – as in other cities – provide supplementary advisory services as necessary.  Specifically, your attorney should ensure that you are apprised of the strategic advantages and disadvantages of various contract terms.  Above all, your attorney should seek to ensure that you are an informed client so that you are in a better position to assert your interests. 


Drafts Customized Agreements


Unfortunately, it is quite common for contract attorneys to reduce their workload by making heavy use of “form” agreements.  Skeleton contracts are perfectly fine to use as a structure, but you should avoid working with an attorney who is too dependent on familiar contract provisions.  Your attorney must be able to draft a customized contract with provisions specifically tailored to your needs.


To confirm that the attorneys you find on UpCounsel meets these quality standards, be sure to check their ratings and reviews.  UpCounsel also keeps track of repeat customers, which is a fairly accurate representation of customer satisfaction.  If an attorney does not have many ratings or reviews on the platform, you can still assess their compatibility – get in contact with them to setup an initial consultation.  Based on the interaction, you may be able to get a sense for the particular skillset and client-engagement-style of the attorney.



Breach of Contract and Minimizing Risk of Litigation


One aspect of contracts that laypeople do not often understand is that breach is a perfectly reasonable (and common) strategy.  There are costs associated with breach, of course – whether that cost is recovered by virtue of a lawsuit, an informal settlement, or through a damages clause in the contract – but the costs associated with breach of contract may be sensible when compared to the costs associated with completing the contract.


As breach of contract is not entirely uncommon, it is important to take steps to minimize the risk of litigation in the event of breach.  Litigation can be expensive, time-wasting, and stressful, and is generally best-avoided unless absolutely necessary.


Consider a Liquidated Damages Provision


In a normal breach of contract, damages may be difficult to discern following breach.  To reduce the uncertainty of breach (and provide for a legal remedy without having to go through litigation), some contracts include a liquidated damages clause.  The liquidated damages clause sets a specific damages amount to be paid out to the non-breaching parties in the event of breach.  Inclusion of a liquidated damages clause is a great way to negotiate the true costs of the contract before execution.


Consider Mandatory Arbitration


Mandatory arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution that provides an efficient, less expensive, and more private parallel to traditional litigation.  To engage in mandatory arbitration, your contract need only include a provision requiring it.


How does it work?


In mandatory arbitration, a neutral arbitrator is chosen to hear each party’s arguments – the neutral arbitrator is often a judge, attorney, or some other professional who is well-equipped to render judgment and follow various legal procedures.  Afterwards, the arbitrator renders judgment.  The judgment is confirmed by a court of law and thus becomes final.


Arbitration is quicker, cheaper, and arguably fairer than traditional litigation.  It is also private.  Each party can be made to sign confidentiality agreements requiring that the content of the arbitration not be made public.  By comparison, civil lawsuits are fundamentally public matters and the information revealed during such litigation is available to the public at-large.



Written Contracts vs. Oral Contracts


Unfortunately, too many individuals – and occasionally even small businesses – make use of oral contracts in their dealings with others.  Oral contracts are generally discouraged if they are intended to govern serious and significant matters.  Under Texas law, oral contracts are enforceable and valid, but there are situations wherein written contracts are required by law or simply beneficial in other ways.


Written Contracts Improve Certainty


Even if a written contract is not necessary, it is generally good practice to draft and execute written contracts rather than entering into oral contracts.  Written contracts make explicitly clear the terms of the agreement, and more plainly demonstrate that each contracting party is aware of the material terms.  Further, written contracts provide evidence for a dispute.  In the event that there is a breach of contract and a dispute arises, the content of the written agreement is admissible as evidence of the shared understanding of the contracting parties.


The Statute of Frauds


The Statute of Frauds in Texas, as in other states, requires that certain contracts be put into writing in order to be valid.  To put it simply: though oral contracts are generally enforceable in Texas, in some situations, written contracts are exclusively enforceable.


The Statute of Frauds requires that contracts be in written form when concerning the following: a) estate planning (such as a Will or a Trust); b) guarantees; c) the sale of real estate; d) the sale of goods priced at over $500; e) the sale of securities; and f) any contracts lasting more than 1 year from the time of execution.

For example, suppose that you hire a construction team to remodel your home.  The remodeling is quite extensive.  You agree in an oral conversation with the construction team manager to have your house remodeled over the course of a year.  This situation would lead to a voidable contract, which means that any party can terminate or otherwise breach the contract without consequence.

Had the oral contract to hire the construction team been for less than a year, then the contract would be deemed valid and enforceable under Texas law – though it would still be worthwhile having the contracted put in writing, of course.

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Although the work of the Austin contract attorneys found on UpCounsel often varies they are highly experienced in legal contract activities such as commercial contract negotiations, document review in response to document subpoenas, request for production of documents, legal research, draft legal briefs, along with providing a full range of other contract legal services to businesses of any size.

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