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Office: 956-717-1300



Office: 956-717-1300


Stephen Trautmann has been engaged in the practice of law for 10 years. Mr. Trautmann began working for Mr. Juan Cruz of J. Cruz & Associates in 2012, and has served as general counsel for numerous political subdivisions and private entities. Mr. Trautmann has extensive experience in employment law, civil and criminal defense, and transactional experience in business formations, business leases, and residential construction contracts.


Regarding civil defense, Mr. Trautmann has experience at both the state and federal levels, including the defense of alleged First Amendment violations; age, sex, and disability discrimination/retaliation claims; negligence claims; workers’ compensation; and adverse possession matters. Additionally, he attends numerous board meetings of political subdivisions. He is very familiar with the inner workings of government entities to ensure that a client’s project is delivered on time and with careful attention to each detail. Lastly, Mr. Trautmann has given seminars throughout the state on various legal topics related to employment law.


What to Remember: Employee Conferences and Grievances

Sexual Harassment: What Is It and What Do You Do?

Allegations of Employee Misconduct:  The “Penn State Conundrum”

If It’s Not in Writing It Didn’t Happen:  Importance of Documentation

Grievances and Conferences

Robert’s Rules of Order

What Occurs After Hours: Does it Affect Your Job?

Harassment in the Workplace

School Board Policies You Should Know About

Facebook, E-mails and Texting: The World of Technology and How School Administrators Should Handle Critical Student/Technology Issues

State Bar No. 


Areas of Practice:

General Civil Litigation

Corporate Law 

Real Estate

School Law

Labor and Employment

Criminal Law

Public Finance


JD, St. Mary’s University School of Law, 2009

BA, University of Notre Dame, 2004

Bar Admisions:

Texas, 2010

U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Texas Association of School Boards, Council of School Attorneys

National School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys

Listed in The Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace

Past Employment Positions: 

J. Cruz & Associates, LLC, Attorney, June 2013-Present

Escamilla, Poneck & Cruz, LLP, Associate Attorney, February 2012-May 2013

Webb County Attorney's Office, Assistant DA, January 2010-February 2012

J.P. Morgan Chase, Chicago, Illinois, Commercial Credit Specialist 1, October 2004-May 2006

Office: (956) 717-1300 Toll Free: (877) 513-1373

216 W Village Blvd Suite 202, Laredo, TX 78041, USA

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