Austin H. Krist


Austin represents clients in a wide range of disputes and frequently appears in both federal and state courts on behalf of businesses and individuals. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, including contract disputes, business divorces, trade secret misappropriation, and fiduciary relationships.


Austin joined Cleveland Terrazas as an associate after completing a two-year clerkship with Judge Sam Sparks in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Prior to his clerkship with Judge Sparks, Austin was an associate with Ropes & Gray LLP in New York.


Austin received his law degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a James Kent Scholar. He also served on the Editorial Board of the Columbia Law Review. Austin earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, where he graduated magna cum laude with majors in English and Economics.


J.D., with honors, Columbia Law School

B.A., Economics, English, Vanderbilt University

Law Clerk, Judge Sam Sparks, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Representative Cases

  • Successfully represented a Texas business owner who sold his company to an accounting firm in Alabama, defeating more than $30 million in claims alleging fraud and breach of contract relating to that transaction, and obtaining an award of over $1.5 million in federal court in Alabama.

  • Secured dismissal of patent claims and grant of summary judgment on claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and tortious interference involving electrotherapeutic treatment equipment and procedures in federal court in Minnesota.   

  • Successfully defeated $2.5 million in tortious-interference claims related to business-divorce litigation removed to federal bankruptcy court.

  • Successfully obtained order granting nondischargeability of entire bankruptcy case after bench trial in federal bankruptcy court.

  • Successfully secured dismissal of defamation action in federal court in Texas.

  • Secured resolution and dismissal of business divorce action involving over $1 million in breach-of-contract and fraud claims in state court in Texas.