Jerry Negrete

Jerry’s practice focuses on advising clients in all phases of the construction process, drafting and negotiating contracts, and litigating construction disputes.

Jerry Negrete serves her clients in all phases of a construction project. On the transactional side, Jerry helps her clients navigate the procurement process and reviews and negotiates contracts for projects of all sizes and delivery methods. Jerry also works with owners and contractors to resolve payment and performance disputes during the life of a project in an effort to reduce the likelihood and cost of litigation. Jerry also litigates construction matters of all sizes.

On a Personal Note

Jerry is a Teach For America alumna. She taught elementary school in Chicago for two years and remains active in the Austin education community through board service and philanthropy. Jerry and her husband enjoy travel, live music, and introducing their two children to all the wonderful experiences Austin has to offer.


Representative Experience

  • Obtained final summary judgment for a developer accused of tortious interference and aiding and abetting related to the purchase of land in Pflugerville, Texas.
  • Represented a Rio Grande Valley municipality in a multi-million dollar suit against its design engineer for negligence, fraud, and breach of contract in the design of a water treatment plant. The case was ultimately resolved prior to trial through a favorable settlement for the City.
  • Advised governmental entities and charter schools on procurement compliance and available alternative delivery methods.
  • Represented a drilling subcontractor in a week-long arbitration proceeding related to a payment claim involving the construction of a toll road.
  • Represented a general contractor in a payment dispute with a private owner. Secured a favorable settlement prior to arbitration.

Seminars & Published Works

  • “On Time and Under Budget: Successful Construction and Renovation Project
    Strategies,” Texas Charter Schools Conference, October 2018
  • “Protecting Your Right to Payment,” Texas Contractor, October 2018
  • “Procurement Law for Charter Schools – Facilities and Construction,” Texas
    Charter Schools Conference, October 2017
  • “Charter School Procurement Basics,” The Network Summer Summit, June 2017
  • “Texas Trust Fund Act,” Texas Contractor, February 2017
  • “Procurement Law for Charter Schools,” Texas Charter Schools Conference,
    October 2016
  • “Alternative Delivery Methods: Design-Build:Vertical,” Texas Contractor, August
  • “Engineering Ethics,” HalfMoon Seminar, May 2016


Jerry was named a Texas Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in the area of Construction Litigation for 2021 as reported in Super Lawyers magazine; Thomson Reuters.

Jerry was named an Austin Monthly Top Attorney in 2020 in the area of Construction Law.

Professional Associations and Memberships

Austin Bar Association, Construction Law Section
Travis County Women Lawyers Association
ACE Mentor Program of Austin, Board of Directors (2016 – 2019)
BookSpring, Board of Directors (2015 – 2018)
Teach For America Austin Alumni, Board Member (2011 – 2016)


J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2012 (Articles Editor, Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights)
B.A., Government, cum laude, University of Texas at Austin, 2006

Recent Works by Jerry Negrete

The Texas Trust Fund Act

The Texas Trust Fund Act governs how contractors, subcontractors, and, sometimes owners, can use funds they receive on construction projects in Texas. Download the full article.