STEPHEN R. TRAUTMANN JR.
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
Labor and Employment
JD, St. Mary’s University School of Law, 2009
BA, University of Notre Dame, 2004
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