Owner & Managing Partner
Published author, devoted leader and seasoned managing partner, Karalynn Cromeens has paved the way for her team of strong, talented, and committed individuals. She has firsthand knowledge of the construction industry and understands the different obstacles that contractors face on a daily basis. Karalynn is passionate about protecting the businesses her clients have built and being a lifelong partner in their company’s success.
Karalynn Cromeens is the Owner and Managing Partner for The Cromeens Law Firm, PLLC, Karalynn holds more than 17 years of experience practicing construction, real estate, and business law. Karalynn graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in criminal justice from Carroll College before attending the South Texas College of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree in 2004. Thereafter, Karalynn was employed at the Law Office of J. Tomkins as an associate attorney before founding her own firm. Within her professional career, Karalynn has successfully filed more than a thousand lawsuits to foreclose or remove mechanic’s liens, with several of those being tried to a jury.
As the founder of the firm, Karalynn has grown The Cromeens Law Firm, PLLC, at a tremendous rate and serves as a mentor to several employees. With her extensive experience within the construction and real estate industries, Karalynn goes the extra mile, providing her clients with innovative legal strategies and services necessary to protect their rights. Karalynn is on a mission to educate and inform subcontractors on the importance of understanding what they are signing, negotiating a fair subcontract, and understanding their lien and collections rights. This mission was the driving force behind her books, Quit Getting Screwed: Understanding and Negotiating the Subcontract, Quit Getting Stiffed: A Texas Contractor’s Guide to Collections and Lien Rights, and the creation of The Subcontractor Institute. She also hosts the rapidly growing construction education podcast “Quit Getting Screwed” as another way of providing free educational information to contractors across the country.
“I recognize that your company is a living breathing part of you and all of its creators. Your company’s creation and success are built from thousands of hours of dedication and time away from those you love and it deserves to be protected. At the Cromeens Law Firm, our true purpose is to protect and defend all that you have worked hard for and be your partner in business.”
– Karalynn Cromeens
Representative Experience & Areas of Practice
Areas of Practice
- Business Law
- Construction Law
- Real Estate Law
- Collected millions of dollars for subcontractors and material suppliers before and through litigation.
- Filed more than a thousand lawsuits to foreclose or remove mechanic’s liens, with several of those being tried to a jury.
- Defended hundreds of subcontractors when they have been sued on their subcontract.
- Reviewed numerous subcontracts, and advised subcontractors on changes and negotiated better terms on their behalf.
- Managed to build a thriving, growing, and diverse firm that is focused on the subcontractor and construction litigation from the ground up.
Education and Bar Admissions:
South Texas College of Law Houston
J.D. – 2004
Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin
B.S. – 2001
- Texas, 2004
- S. District Court Southern District of Texas
Published Works, Honors, and Awards:
- Houston Business Journal – 2021 Women Who Mean Business Legal Honoree
- RHCA – 2021 LUNA Award
- Heroes for Children – 2021 Platinum Champion Award
- Houstonian Magazine – 2016 Top Lawyer Award for Construction Law
Published Works & Educational Content:
- Published Author – Quit Getting Screwed: Understanding and Negotiating the Subcontract (Jan, 2021)
- Published Author – Quit Getting Stiffed: A Texas Contractor’s Guide to Collections and Lien Rights (Sep, 2021)
- Bi-monthly Columnist in US Glass Magazine (2021 – present)
- Monthly Contributor on Construction Citizen (2021 – present)
- Guest Blogger for the Construction Brothers (2021 – 2022)
- Original Article on Subcontracts Featured in Construction Executive (2021)
- Author For Construction Pros Article (2021)
- Featured in Commercial Construction & Renovation Magazine (2021)
- Featured in American Painting Contractor (2021)
- Author for ProBuilder Blog (2021)
- Contributor, O’Connor’s – Texas Property Code Plus, (2006 – 2009)
- Author and Contributor, American Subcontractors Association, (2010 – 2011)
- Host of “Quit Getting Screwed” Podcast
- Blue Book Webinar Presenter – 2021 – Present Legal Education Series
- Regional Hispanic Contractors Association – 2021 – Present Legal Series Presenter
- Speaker at 2021 Electri International Council Meeting
- Speaker at Nov 2021 American Subcontractors Association Houston Luncheon
- Speaker at 2022 Painting Contractors Association’s National Conference & Expo
- Speaker at 2022 Finishing Contractors Association’s International Leadership Council Meeting
- Panelist for ASA Houston’s 2021 “She Builds It” Women’s Peer Group
Professional & Community Affiliations:
- Legal Coach for The Contractor’s Fight’s Battleground Community with Tom Reber
- Legal Instructor for MT Copeland’s Construction Contract Courses
- Member of American Subcontractors Association (ASA), Houston Chapter
- Member of Regional Hispanic Contractors Association (RHCA)
- Member of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Houston Chapter
- Member of Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA)
- Member of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
- Member of Texas Association of Builders (TAB)
- Member of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Texas
- Member of National Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
- Texas State Bar Association, Construction Section
- Texas State Bar Association, Solo Practitioners Section
- Houston Bar Association, Construction Section
- Member of the Blue Book Network
You May Not Know:
Karalynn’s husband owns a material supply company, providing Karalynn first-hand knowledge of the construction industry and the different obstacles that Subcontractors and Material Suppliers face. When Karalynn is not practicing law she enjoys long runs, gardening, and spending time with her family. Many people do not know that one of her first jobs was working at Walmart and she is practicing to run her first marathon.