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Martin Cukjati & Tom

What We Do

What We Do

We are a full service law firm located in San Antonio, Texas. We have over 50 years of combined legal experience representing people and businesses in high-stakes litigation. We are battle tested trial lawyers and dedicated to serving our clients.

Business and Insurance Litigation

Disputes come in all shapes and sizes. Our attorneys aggressively represent clients in federal and state courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration.

Serious Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Our attorneys represent people seriously injured or killed as a result of an auto accident, trucking accident, jobsite accident, product defect, premise liability, or medical malpractice.

Fewer Cases, Better Results

Too often lawyers are too busy to give your case the attention it deserves. One key to our success is limited our case load and dedicating ourselves to only serving a select few clients.

No Charge Initial Consultation

 Want to know if we can help you? Just ask. There is no charge to discuss your case with our attorney. You can use the online form, send an email or just give use a call at (210) 223-2627.

Contingency Fees

We offer contingency fee options to many of our individual and business clients. Simply put, if there is no recovery, our client owes us nothing.

Real Estate Litigation

Disputes over land and real property are tricky. Our attorneys are experienced in litigating all aspects of these disputes.

Truth About Lawsuits and Jury Trials

The number of tort cases and jury trials has been declining for years.

Civil jury trials are becoming rare in Texas.

The right to have disputes decided by a panel of fellow citizens is cited in the Declaration of Independence and explicitly confirmed in the constitutions of Texas and the United States. But new statistics show that the right to “trial by jury” is quietly and steadily disappearing thanks to a mixture of tort reform laws and Texas appellate court decisions that have made it more difficult for parties in a lawsuit to have their disputes decided by juries. In addition, lawyers and judges say the expenses of litigation, including discovery and increased attorneys’ fees, have made getting a lawsuit to a jury cost prohibitive.

The result is that the system has made it so procedurally and financially onerous that individuals and even many companies can no longer have their peers judge their disputes.

We are trial attorneys. We help you navigate and overcome the complex procedural and financial hurdles designed to prevent you for having your day in court.Curt Cukjati, Martin, Cukjati & Tom, LLP

Our Attorneys

We are grateful to our clients, both past and present, for the trust and confidence they have placed in us. We would be happy to discuss your potential case or legal need with you at no obligation.

Curtis L. Cukjati

Curtis L. Cukjati

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Troy

Troy "Trey" S. Martin, III

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Jeffrey J. Tom

Jeffrey J. Tom

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Mark Rutledge

Mark Rutledge

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Curtis L. Cukjati

Curtis L. Cukjati

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Curtis Cukjati was born in Arlington, Texas and admitted to the Texas bar in 1989. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and in the U.S. District Courts in the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Education

Cukjati graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, earning a Bachelor of Arts with honors in 1986. Attending St. Mary’s University, he earned the degree of Juris Doctor with honors in 1989.

Distinctions

Curtis Cukjati served as briefing Attorney in the Texas Supreme Court in1989 and 1990. He is a member of the John M. Harlan Society. While in law school, Cukjati was the Note and Comment Editor for the St. Mary’s Law Journal, from 1988 to 1989. He was editor in chief of The San Antonio Lawyer, from 1993 to 1995.

Curtis Cukjati taught as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Incarnate Word University from 1992 to 1998. He has been a member of the William S. Sessions American Inns of Court since 1995. Curtis was a Contributing Editor to Texas Antitrust and Business Litigation Bulletin and The Subpoena from 1990 to 1992. He served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Texas Pretrial Practice Manual in 2000. Cukjati was Co-Chairman of San Antonio Bar Publications Committee from 1993 to 1996.

Awards

Curtis Cukjati was named on Texas Lawyer’s “40 under 40” list on September 10, 2001 and named on San Antonio’s 2005 Best Lawyers List by Scene in SA Magazine.

Author or Co-Author

Curtis L. Cukjati is listed as author or co-author in these articles and publications: “Crown Life Ins. Co. v. Casteel—Return of the Prodigal Son,” The Appellate Advocate, Vol. XIII, No. 3 (2000); “Improper Jury Argument: To Object or Not to Object,” The Appellate Advocate, Vol. XIII, No. 1 (2000); “Superseding the ‘Other Judgment,’” The Appellate Advocate, Vol. XII, No. 1 (1998); “Tape Recording of Conversations: Ethics, Legality and Admissibility,” 59 Tex. B.J. 950, Vol. 59 (1996); “Motion Practice In the Court of Appeals” (S.A.B.A. Sem. 1996); “Tunnel Vision: Appellate Review of a Summary Judgment Order Stating a Specific Ground for the Judgment,” The Appellate Advocate, Vol. VII, No. 3 (1994); “San Antonio Court of Appeals: Local Rules and a Few Hints,” The San Antonio Lawyer, Vol. 2, No. 1 (1994); “Perfecting the Fifth Circuit Appeal,” The San Antonio Lawyer, Vol. 2, No. 1 (1994); “Innovations in State Court Securities Litigation, High Stakes Litigation in State Court,” State Bar of Texas (1991).

Troy

Troy "Trey" S. Martin, III

Partner

Troy “Trey” S. Martin, III was born in San Antonio, Texas. Martin was admitted to the Texas bar in 1989. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit as well as in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas.

Practice Areas

Troy’s practice areas are Wrongful Death, Serious Personal Injuries, Business Law, Construction Accidents, Commercial Law, Class Action Litigation, Agriculture Law, Banking Law, and Consumer Claims.

Member

Troy Martin is a member of the John M. Harlan Society and the San Antonio Bar Association. Martin is a member of the State Bar of Texas, U. S. District Courts for the Western and Southern Districts of Texas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Education

Troy Martin graduated from Sul Ross State University with a Bachelor of Science in 1984. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Sul Ross in 1985. Martin attended St. Mary’s University School of Law earning a degree of Juris Doctor with distinction in 1989. Troy was Articles/ Symposium Editor of the St. Mary’s Law Journal in 1989.

Author

Troy “Trey” S. Martin is author of the following articles and publications: “Landlord Tenant – Implied Warranty of Suitability – Landlord Impliedly Warrants that Commercial Premises Suited for Intended Use.” 20 St. Mary’s L.J. 213 (1988). Martin is co-author of “Limitation of Liability of Limited Partners While Affording Control of Partnership Affairs to Limited Partners,” 22 St. Mary’s L.J. 5 (1990).

Jeffrey J. Tom

Jeffrey J. Tom

Partner

Jeff Tom is a civil litigation attorney. He represents individuals and businesses in all aspects of their business lawsuits, construction lawsuits, employment lawsuits and serious personal injury lawsuits. As a central part of his practice, Jeff represents clients in cases involving breach of contract, breach of lease agreements, employment disputes, wrongful termination, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective actions, construction disputes, class actions, and serious personal injury lawsuits.

Background

Jeff Tom grew up in Boerne, Texas and graduated from Boerne High School. In high school, Jeff worked for a local business, Omtex Systems, Inc., building the company’s Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and accounting systems. After high school, Jeff attended the prestigious McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his studies, Jeff completed a multi-year internship with the Dell computer company. He graduated from the University of Texas early, in 3 years, with a degree in Management Information Systems. After college, Jeff joined a subsidiary of Stewart Title as a international information technology consultant. While working and living in Romania and India, Jeff led an international development team in implementing a complex software program that was designed to establish and verify land ownership in Romania.

The real world business experience attorney Jeff Tom gained by working at Omtex, Dell, and Stewart is the foundation for his legal practice today. Jeff knows first hand the difficulties and pressures of managing teams, large or small, and making the fundamental, bottom-line decisions that our business clients are faced with every day. Understanding the business challenges and pressures provides Jeff with unique insight into his cases. Real world business experience changes the way you view the world and is fundamental to being able to assist individuals and businesses in lawsuits. Having worked in business all over the world, Jeff has the experience needed to help his clients win.

After gaining valuable business experience, Jeff attended law school at the University of Houston Law Center. He worked throughout law school building a solid, real-world foundation in the law. After law school, he joined the law firm of Martin & Cukjati, LLP.

Attorney Jeff Tom has extensive experience representing clients in lawsuit related to breach of contract, breach of lease agreements, employment disputes, wrongful termination, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) claims, construction disputes, class actions, and serious personal injury lawsuits.

Admissions

Jeff is admitted to the State Bar of Texas, U.S Federal District Court, Western District of Texas and U.S. Federal District Court, Southern District of Texas.

Practice Areas

Jeff Tom focuses on Commercial Litigation, Business Law, General Civil Trial Litigation, Consumer Claims, and Serious Personal Injury.

Member

Jeff is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association.

Education

Jeff Tom attended The University of Texas at Austin earning a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems in 2002. He earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Houston in 2006.

Mark Rutledge

Mark Rutledge

Associate

Mark handles a wide variety of cases. His practice areas include commercial litigation, personal injury, probate law, business law, consumer protection claims, family law and criminal law.

Mark A. Rutledge was born in San Antonio, Texas. He was admitted to practice in the state f Texas in 2007. Mark A. Rutledge is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Mark grew up in San Antonio, Texas and attended St. Anthony High School Seminary. Mark A. Rutledge graduated from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos in 2002, earning his degree in English. Mark received his Juris Doctor from Texas Southern University in 2006.

Mark was named as a Rising Star Attorney for 2010 and 2012 in Scene in SA Magazine”

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