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Brett Andrew Cenkus

Corporate and incorporation Attorney at Austin, TX

5.0   18 reviews
  • State Years
    Texas - TX 16 years
    Delaware - DE 25 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2007
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State DE
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Brett

Learn Brett’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Corporate and incorporation

    26 years

  2. Mergers and acquisitions
    asset purchases, stock purchases, mergers

    26 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    supply agreements, independent contractors agreements, commercial leases, service agreements, NDAs

    26 years

  4. Mediation
    partner and founder disputes

    10 years

  5. Securities offerings
    private offerings; seed and Series A stage financings; convertible notes

The 10 years I've spent on the business side of the table (in positions as a Venture Capitalist, Financial Analyst and launching businesses other than my law practice) give me a unique look at law from the perspetive of founders and entrepreneurs. I approach legal problems with practical solutions.

Whenever possible, I offer clients fixed-fee options to get aligned on what we are doing, why and what it will cost. 

If you have any legal needs or questions about what you've been doing and why, give me a call.


Cenkus Law
7500 Rialto Blvd.
Building 1; Suite 250
Austin, TX, 78735

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Posted by Andrei | December 4, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Two thumbs up
My business partner and I had some time sensitive questions that needed a timely response. Mr. Brett Cenkus of Cenkus Law Firm made himself available and took his time to make sure that all of our concerns were addressed. We were impressed with his vast knowledge and approachability. Mr. Cenkus is an outstanding advocate. He is creative and resourceful. His humor and wit liven the conversation. We felt supported and understood. Mr. Cenkus is a problem solver with depth and breadth in his legal expertise.
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Posted by Mohammad | December 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Friendly, Personal, Fair, Outstanding.
I hired Brett to help with a Regulation CF offering. He modified my Operating Agreement, drafted an Offering Agreement to investors, and educated me on what he was doing every step of the way. He is an outstanding lawyer and is easy to talk to. He made sure to protect my company in every possible way. He is well versed in security laws and you can tell he has a passion for what he does. He did an extremely well job drafting all the required documents I needed and he did it all in a timely manner. His prices are very fair and much better than anyone else I called (and I called a lot of lawyers around the US!). Overall, Brett gets six out of five stars from me and I will definitely hire him again, if need be. Thank you again, Brett!
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Posted by Mike | February 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Insightful, yet Personal
Brett managed, taught, and advised me on the various options for establishing a start-up company as well as mapping out the future needs and plans needed as our expected growth escalates. His practical approach and ability to express ideas and legal intricacies is unique and uncommon when compared to other firms I evaluated. I strongly recommend Cenkus Law for your company needs, whether established or just getting started. I look forward to engaging with Brett in the near future on an M&A strategy and implementation. Thanks Brett.
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Posted by Lindsey | February 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trusted and invaluable advisor
Not only did Brett help me navigate formation, he was there with us through exit! Brett has a sharp legal mind and keen attention to detail. His professionalism is matched by his sense of care for others. Brett strikes a proper balance between being assertive and humble. He quickly distills complex legal issues down to their simplest form, and his sense of humor is a nice break from the norm. Thanks, Brett!
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Posted by Iris | September 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brett Cenkus exceeded my expectations
It is with great pleasure that I recommend Brett Cenkus as an attorney. I was lucky enough to have found him while researching strong business attorneys for my small business. I came across Brett's page and was drawn to his practice due to the very positive and gracious reviews he had from previous and current clients. He is highly professional, easy to work with, great at conveying legal advice and information, patient, and overall an amazing business attorney. It is without any hesitation that I say I would definitely hire him again and would recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney in his area of practice. Again, Brett's professionalism, insight, consulting and expertise are unmatched. I am extremely happy with the work he performed for our company.
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Posted by Giovanni | March 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Practical, Knowledgeable and Affordable
Brett was a great help to my small business. He knows his stuff and is always quick to respond. He helped my with my business's legal issues, and was also a great resource to help me think through more general strategic ideas. I've never felt like a business attorney cares about my business's success before working with Brett. I know that I will definitely continue to work with him as my business grows.
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Posted by Jeremy | February 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Right Choice
Brett Cenkus is an outstanding attorney who is 100% committed to his clients and their success both professionally and personally. He represented my partners and me in a challenging acquisition and continues to provide ongoing consulting services. His dedication was evident when he spent countless hours researching our industry to better understand our business model and value proposition. He did this on his own volition to ensure he could represent us with confidence and did not charge us for the additional time. Brett is a true professional and operates his practice with uncompromising standards.
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Posted by Arturo | February 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer!
Mr. Cenkus has been a fantastic lawyer. He's very responsive and well informers in what he practices. Not only is he very professional he is also laid back so it's almost like working with a friend. He has great pricing and won't micro charge you for every little thing like many other lawyers will. I am definitely a happy client!
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great business attorney for start-ups
Brett has been a tremendous help for my startup company's business organizational documents, employee contracts and vendor contracts, all while keeping legal fees reasonable. We'll happily continue working with him and recommend him to others.
Posted by Dave | February 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
an excellent and able adviser for my small business
Brett has been an extraordinary find for our rapidly growing small business. We needed an attorney for a broad range of needs, from restructuring to ongoing legal matters that arise over the course of day-to-day activities. After some time looking for the right lawyer, we really are pleased to have found Mr Cenkus. He is very knowledgeable across a range of issues. He is responsive when matters that are time sensitive in nature arise, but also has helped us through longer and complex matters that took many months as well. His approach was exactly what I was looking for, not only in terms of his skill and demeanor, but also in his efforts build a long term relationship with me and my business. I sleep much better at night knowing, no matter what may come up the next day, we have an attorney of such skill at our side, who knows and cares about our small business, and is just a call or email away should we need counsel. I have worked with hundreds of attorney over the years. Mr. Cenkus is an able and trusted counselor. I highly recommend him to any small business owner.
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Posted by Maria D. | February 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best lawyers of I've met. You MUST hire this guy!!
I found Brett by doing either a Google or Yelp search. From the first conversation, he was super patient, seemed to genuinely care, and followed up with my issue. After hiring him, I found that he is extremely responsive and easy to get a hold of. He just doesn't carry that jerk lawyer vibe that so many other lawyers do. I recommend him!
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Posted by Roger Snyder | February 11, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly intelligent on the law and in business. Thinks outside the box. Innovative.
I've know Mr Cenkus nearly 15 years. His advice has been spot in areas not just related to law but also changing economic trends. He is one of the most important game changers I've ever known. I've become smarter because of him. Highly recommended.
Posted by Nate | February 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cenkus Law Firm
Mr. Cenkus is an exemplary attorney and I would not hesitate to hire him again. My first impression of him was that he took the time to listen to what you were saying. After considering my lengthy explanation of my case, Brett was able to ascertain what my core problem was and communicated his strategy in a way that was absent all of the legal jargon that often comes when speaking with a lawyer. He is bright and creative. I was extremely happy with his advice and the work he performed for my company.
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Posted by Alex | February 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Startup Lawyer
Brett has incredible acumen when it comes to startups and getting deals done, and he plays the role of a consultant for you as well. Cannot recommend Brett enough. Will be working with him on future endeavors as well. You can have very straightforward conversations with Brett about your business and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. He wants YOU to succeed.
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best atty I've ever dealt with.
He was very straightforward and respectful of his time and charges going over and above the call of duty. He kept our business from making huge mistakes and saw right through the other lawyer's deeds. I would highly recommend him. He showed great expertise in a wide variety of areas. Thanks Brett!!
Posted by rudy | March 16, 2015
great business lawyer
I've known Brett dor 10 years. He handleed a number of legal matters for me. He does what he says. When he says he'll do. He's effective and comminicates well.
Posted by Karin | November 13, 2014
Wonderful direction for my small start-up company
Brett helped me set up my new LLC in New Jersey, where I am a new small business owner. He is very knowledgeable about the process and was able to explain all the steps involved in understandable and practical terms. He always responded to my emails & calls quickly, and helped me think through business related legal issues and risks that applied to my company. I am very grateful for his services, and would highly recommend working with Brett.
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Posted by Jacqueline | November 6, 2014
Trusted Business Partner
Brett Cenkus has been my lawyer for a long time. He is always very quick to respond to me and exceedingly generous with making himself available. He also explains legal issues simply and clearly. But perhaps the best thing about him to me is that he’s a business person, too. He takes time to ask me about business strategy and to understand my issues and opportunities. This makes his legal advice more insightful and it also makes him more of a business partner/consultant than just my lawyer. I definitely recommend Brett.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Cenkus Law
  • 2012 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • DeepOcean Group
  • 2010 - 2013
  • General Counsel
  • Trico Marine Services
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Senior Counsel
  • Trico Marine Services
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Of Counsel
  • Andrews Kurth
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Owner
  • Paragon Residential Mortgage
  • 2001 - 2006
  • Venture Capital and Acquisition Associate
  • INTM Media
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
  • 1998 - 2000
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  • Harvard University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Messiah College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994


  • Texas Freelance Association
  • Treasurer and Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • The Modern Marriage Project
  • Executive Director
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Ethics in Business & Community
  • RecognizeGood
  • 2016
  • Legal Leading Professionals
  • Corp America
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
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Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I know Brett to be of the finest moral character, courageous by nature, intelligent by design and education, and hard working in the traditional sense. He never shirks responsibility nor avoids difficult tasks or goals; indeed, he always seeks opportunities to help in his community and characteristically enjoys problem solving. Most importantly, Brett is a truthful, honorable person, worthy of one’s trust. As you can tell, I hold him in high regard. There is no doubt in my mind that he has the ability, determination, and background to handle your legal needs."
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cenkus represented the buyer in a significant and rather complex business acquisition in which I represented the seller. While appropriately protecting his client's interests, he worked with me in a professional and courteous manner, leading to a relatively fair, balanced, quick and cost-effective closing of the transaction for both of our clients."
Business Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Brett is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced business attorney. He is also a trusted member of the business community as evidenced by his 2016 Ethics in Business & Community Award in the Individual Category."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Brett is a highly intelligent, diligent, problem solver who cares about the success of his clients. He is an extremely proficient attorney who can draft the most specialized contracts. I am impressed by his ability to spot legal and business issues in unique situations. Hands down, he is who I would go to for any and all of my business transactions."
Corporate and incorporation
Mergers and acquisitions

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Austin Corporate and incorporation Lawyer Brett Andrew Cenkus
Brett Andrew Cenkus
Corporate and incorporation Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 25 years