by Kristina Gonzalez
J.R. Skrabanek is Team Austin’s resident rocker.
At Team Austin, we know him as Director of Legal for Team Austin and Trademark ninja.
When he’s not practicing law, he’s jamming out on the bass with his band (described as 50% Rock, 50% Soul, 50% Buddhist), Cutest Buddhist.
Team Austin: Describe a typical morning for you.
J.R. Skrabanek: Weather permitting, I typically bike to work, which gets me into a "let's work!" mindset pretty quickly. I make a cup of coffee as soon as possible when I get to work. I won't do anything before that first cup. If the coffee maker is broken, I burn down the building (kidding!).
Team Austin: What do you do?
JS: I work as a commercial litigation attorney at The Snell Law Firm. We are a small firm of aggressive litigators who handle cases on behalf of both Plaintiffs and Defendants. We pride ourselves on being principled problem solvers. We often find ourselves helping people or small businesses that have been ripped off in some way or another.
Team Austin: Ahh! That’s helpful, I’m sure you’ve seen some strange things, we’ll get back to that later. But for now, we know you’re in a kicka** rock band. What else do you like to do when you’re not working?
JS: Yes! We're releasing our debut EP later this year. I am also the proud parent of two adorable and fluffy puppies, Churro and Molé, who require my constant and undying attention. My wife Diana and I try to travel as much as possible. We recently went to Spain, and before the year is up we're hitting Seattle, Vegas, and Cuba.
Team Austin: What’s your personal philosophy?
JS: I pride myself on giving thoughtful, pragmatic advice. I like being a reliable confidant to others. I like finding outside-the-box solutions for complex problems after considering all the angles.
Team Austin: Do you follow any successful entrepreneurs or industry influencers for advice, inspiration, etc?
JS: I'm a Mark Cuban fan. He's usually the one making the most sense in whatever room he's in. Also, I was born on the same exact day and year as Mark Zuckerberg, so no matter how successful he becomes, he'll always have to compare himself to me.
Team Austin: How did you get to be where you are today? Did you always know this is what you wanted to do?
JS: I've known I wanted to be a lawyer since I was on the debate team in the 10th grade. I didn't know exactly when, where, or how, but I knew I was going to practice law. The rest is just details.
Team Austin: Let’s get weird. Any unique or notable anecdote about your career?
JS: One time I took the deposition of a vampire from the inside of a Texas prison. Does that count? He was a prisoner suing the Department of Criminal Justice in an attempt to obtain special privileges to practice his alleged Vampire religion. Needless to say, he did not succeed.
Feel free to connect with J.R. on LinkedIn!
Speaking of J.R. and his legal background, our next event “How to Raise $100M the Valley Way” will be one for all financial minds!