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Russell Frost

Attorney at Law

Russell is one of two fifth-generation Texas lawyers—the other being his sister Emily. His great-great-grandfather — also named James Russell Frost—practiced Texas law in the 1800s and later served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. Virgil T. Seaberry, Russell’s great-grandfather, served as State Bar President from 1957-58. And Russell’s father Jim Frost, a Board Certified civil litigator, served on the Supreme Court of Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals for nine years. Without a doubt, practicing law runs in Russell’s blood.

As an experienced trial attorney, Russell represents individuals and small business owners (less than 50 employees) in civil matters including premises liability, personal injury, breach of contract, products liability, property disputes, probate matters, and DTPA violations. He has worked on over 100 cases from justice court to federal court, and he handles litigation matters from first demand to trial and appeal. While prosecuting cases for the City of Lubbock, he received favorable verdicts in all jury and bench trials. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Texas and in the United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Texas. He graduated summa cum laude from the Texas Tech University, School of Law.

Russell is also a licensed paramedic. While working for Bastrop County from 2001-06, he responded to hundreds of emergencies from heart attacks and strokes to fatal car wrecks, fires, dog bites, and work-related accidents. He knows first-hand the pain, suffering, and anguish these single moments can cause over a lifetime. Additionally, his experience in the field of insurance defense gives him the inside track in negotiating with insurance companies in the course of prosecuting personal injury claims.

In his spare time, Russell enjoys running, cycling, spending time with his dog Zira, and rooting for the Houston Astros and the Texas Longhorns. He claims to be a decent pool player, but the evidence suggests otherwise.

Professional Background:

  • Briefing Attorney for the Honorable Sandee Bryan Marion, Fourth Court of Appeals
  • Of Counsel, Law Office of Emily Frost

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, Texas Tech University School of Law (2009)
    • summa cum laude
    • Phi Delta Phi Honors Fraternity
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas at Austin (2004)

Activities:

  • American Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
Caryn McGraw

Caryn McGraw

Of Counsel

Caryn joined the Firm in September of 2014, where she has served many roles. She currently serves Of Counsel to the Firm.

A first-class litigator, Caryn’s practice includes prosecuting and defending business and commercial claims, personal injury claims, consumer claims, real property matters, probate matters, and employment law matters. She is a certified attorney ad litem in guardianship cases and specializes in probate, estate planning, and guardianship – work she regards as her most rewarding. Caryn is also a certified mediator and is admitted to practice in the State of Texas, the State of Colorado, and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Caryn maintains an integrated practice wherein she pledges to consider the full spectrum of her clients’ needs at every step of their legal engagement, including both the financial and psychological effects litigants experience as a result of the pressures and stresses inherent to the legal process.

Caryn obtained her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from St. Edward’s University, where she also was a scholarship tennis player.

In her spare time, Caryn enjoys making music, dancing, writing, time with her dogs and husband, and backpacking.

Professional Background:

  • Strategic Business Planning for Gener.us

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, University of Texas School of Law (2013)
    • Mediation Clinic
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Saint Edward’s University (2010)
    • Cum laude
    • International Business

Activities:

  • American Bar Association

Emily Frost

Of Counsel

A fifth-generation Texas lawyer, Emily Frost is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor & Employment Law. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Texas, the United States District Court for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas and the District of Colorado, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Emily represents employers before the EEOC and Texas Workforce Commission and in state and federal court, handling wage and hour disputes, discrimination, breach-of-contract, and sexual harassment claims. She also represents employers in suits for breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, and enforcement of non-compete covenants.

Emily is experienced in state and federal court appeals, preparing petitions for writ of mandamus, the appeal of temporary injunctions, and obtaining emergency relief. She assists fellow trial attorneys in drafting motions for summary judgment, jury charges, and post-verdict motions. Emily also has prepared petitions for writ of certiori to the United States Supreme Court.

Emily represents plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of civil litigation matters, including personal injury, business litigation, and employment litigation. She handles litigation matters from first demand through the entire trial and appeal. Emily is also a certified mediator.

 

Education:

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. 2002
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. 1997 (with honors; Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Briefing Attorney: Fourth Court of Appeals, the Honorable Karen Angelini (2003–04)

Activities:

  • State Bar of Texas, Appellate, Litigation, and Employment Sections
  • Austin Bar Association, Appellate, Litigation, and Employment Sections (Judicial Affairs Committee member, 2004–present)
  • Austin Young Chamber of Commerce
  • Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) (Legal and Legislative Committee member, 2012–present)

Presentations:

  • Noncompetes, Nondisclosure Agreements, and Trade Secrets, Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA), November 2012
  • Sexual Stereotyping, Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA), November 2012
  • Render unto Judge Calvert . . . Correct Appellate Court Judgments, Texas Association of Appellate Court Attorneys (TAACA), June 2011
  • Rules on Military Leave under USERRA and FMLA: The Story of Sammy Soldier and His Wife, Wanda, Texas Electric Cooperatives Human Resources/Benefits Conference, May 2008
  • Asserting and Defending Privilege: A New Era, McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, LLP Appellate Practice Group, April 2007
  • The Sea of Expert Testimony—Staying Afloat, McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, LLP Appellate Practice Group, February 2006

James Frost

Of Counsel

Jim Frost has practiced law in Texas since 1974. A member of the Guadalupe County and San Antonio Bar Associations, he was chair of the State Bar of Texas District 11-C Grievance Committee in 1992–94 and served on the Supreme Court of Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals for 9 years, as vice-chair in 2004–05, and chair in 2005–06.

Jim is admitted to practice law in the State of Texas, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He practices in several areas, including civil litigation, real estate, wills, probate, oil and gas law, water law, eminent domain, and appellate law.

A fourth-generation Texas lawyer, Mr. Frost holds an AV Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 client/peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Education:

  • Texas Tech University, J.D. 1973
  • Trinity University, B.A. 1971

Activities:

  • Supreme Court of Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals, 1994–97, 2000–06; Vice-Chair, 2004–05; Chair, 2005–06
  • Member, District 11-C Grievance Committee, State Bar of Texas, 1988–94; Chair, 1992–94
  • Guadalupe County Bar Association, President 1981–82
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Presentations/Publications:

  • Author/Speaker, 2010 CLE International Eminent Domain seminar; Topic: Proposed Amendments to Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Author/Speaker, 2005 CLE International Eminent Domain seminar; Topic: Ethics: Considerations for the Eminent Domain Practitioner
  • Speaker, 2004 State Bar of Texas Minority Counsel Program; Topic: The Board of Disciplinary Appeals
  • Speaker, 2003 Advanced Real Estate Law Course, State Bar of Texas; Topic: An Insider’s View of the Grievance System
  • Speaker, 2003 State Bar of Texas Telephone Seminar; Topic: The Board of Disciplinary Appeals: Understanding What It Is and How It Works
  • Speaker, 2002 Supreme Court of Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals Forum, Houston, Texas
  • Author/Speaker, 2001 Eminent Domain Seminar, International Right of Way Association; Topic: Kraft Waterline Easement Case

Forrest Culotta

Law Clerk

Forrest is currently a third-year law student at Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas. He joined our firm as a law clerk in the Summer of 2021, and plans to return to Austin to work as an associate attorney with the firm after graduating from Baylor in the Spring of 2022.

Originally from The Woodlands, Texas, Forrest graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 with a B.A. in Philosophy. After college, Forrest worked in the music industry as a professional audio engineer, serving as the head recording engineer at Stinson Studios in Austin, Texas, as well as teaching an audio production class at The Recording Conservatory of Austin. His experience in the music industry––specifically issues related to songwriting agreements, copyright, licensing, and distribution––influenced his decision to attend law school. Forrest is also a certified paralegal, having obtained his certificate from the University of Texas at Austin prior to enrolling at Baylor.

Forrest’s hobbies include playing inline hockey, playing and producing music, spending time with his pair of pet Holland Lop rabbits, and paddleboarding on Ladybird Lake.

Sarah Haque

Legal Assistant

Currently finishing up her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas, Sarah joined our team in the summer of 2020. She moved from her hometown of Corpus Christi to Austin to pursue her education and has fallen in the love with the city. Her interests in international policy and law have driven her to pursue a legal career. Sarah works diligently to ensure all clients have the most positive and efficient experience here. Once she graduates in the fall of 2020, she hopes to take a semester off from school for cross country road trips and work.

About Our Firm

The Law Office of Russell Frost was founded in 2011 with the idea that top-notch legal services should be available at a fair and affordable price. The high rates and competitive atmosphere of big city law firms can leave some clients without options. The Law Office of Russell Frost is different. We do everything we can to make sure your legal needs are met at a price you can afford. We rely heavily on our past clients to recommend our services, and therefore, we are not satisfied until you are satisfied. Please take a moment to bookmark this page and save our contact information. We want to be your first call whenever a legal matter arises.

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