Stephanie Cagniart represents clients in a broad range of complex litigation matters, including securities litigation, oil and gas matters, contract disputes and general commercial litigation. She has experience in a variety of state and federal trial courts. She has also argued before multiple courts of appeals including the Texas Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits, and has briefed cases in numerous federal and state appellate courts and to the United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Cagniart has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in appellate litigation in 2018-2021 by Texas Super Lawyer, a "Rising Star" in Dispute Resolution: General Commercial Disputes by The Legal 500 U.S. in 2020-2021, and a "Top Woman Attorney in Texas, Rising Star" in appellate litigation in 2022 by Texas Monthly. In 2020 and 2021, Austin Monthly Magazine named Ms. Cagniart one of Austin's top attorneys in appellate litigation. She is a Lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law, teaching persuasion in verbal communication.
Before joining Baker Botts, Ms. Cagniart served as a law clerk to the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and as an intern for the Honorable Sam Sparks of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Ms. Cagniart was also a member of the University of Virginia's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, with which she briefed four cases that were argued before the United States Supreme Court during the 2010-2011 Term.
Ms. Cagniart was raised in Paris, France, and is a native speaker of both French and English. As an undergraduate student at The University of Texas at Austin, she earned four national championships in public speaking. Ms. Cagniart completed her master's Thesis in legal and political history, Disunion and Party Politics in the Early Republic: James Madison, the Embargo, and the Election of 1808, under advisors Peter Onuf and Charles McCurdy at the University of Virginia.