Commercial Real Estate Attorney | Bukowski Law Firm | Austin, TX

Meet the Team at Our Real Estate Law Firm

Meet the Bukowski Law Firm Legal Team

As a well-known real estate law firm, we thought it would be an excellent idea to introduce our team of commercial real estate attorneys in Austin, TX, to you. Whether you are calling into our office or you are meeting in person for a consultation, you can become acquainted with our attorneys and the legal team ahead of time. On the phone it can be difficult to put a name with a face, so we want to make any conversations on the phone more personal for our clients by putting a name and a face together. Below you can learn more about the team at Bukowski Law Firm including their educational background and previous work experience.

Now that you have a little more background on our legal associates, you can schedule a consultation with our team for a real estate closing by calling (512) 614-0335 today. We look forward to assisting you as commercial real estate attorneys in Austin, TX.

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Sean Bukowski

Principal

Sean Bukowski founded the Bukowski Law Firm in early 2010. Mr. Bukowski’s goal was to create a vibrant, dedicated law firm that would help commercial real estate owners and operators protect their assets from acquisition to disposition, thus freeing them to focus on just running their business.

Prior to forming the Bukowski Law Firm, Sean Bukowski was general counsel for a commercial property owner and management company. He has also been a founding partner of Bukowski & Upchurch, LP. Before that, Mr. Bukowski worked in both the New York and Houston offices of Vinson & Elkins, LLP. He worked in all areas of litigation, including corporate and securities, eminent domain, mass tort and bankruptcy.

Mr. Bukowski has lived in Austin since late 2010 and loves it here. He loves the real estate industry and is a staunch advocate of dense, urban areas where people can live, work, and play. He is committed to helping Austin solve its housing affordability issues by promoting urban infill and affordability. That’s why he personally writes the weekly blog articles on our website as well as hosts the “Greater Texas” podcast.

Because Mr. Bukowski loves Austin so much, he strives to make it a better, more inclusive city for everyone. To that end, he is part of the 45th Essentials class of Leadership Austin. He also has previously co-hosted the Real Estate Zone on KLBJ radio. And he is the group leader of the Austin 1 chapter of ProVisors.

Mr. Bukowski is also passionate about supporting and maintaining the arts in Austin. To that end, he is a frequent patron at venues around town, including the Paramount Theater, Moody Center, Moody Theater, Stubbs, Bass Hall, etc. And to help ensure that the arts survive in Austin, Mr. Bukowski is on the board of the Austin Creative Alliance.

Mr. Bukowski is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt Law School. He is a rabid fan of the National Champion University of Michigan Wolverines, as well as the Detroit Tigers, Lions, Pistons, and Red Wings.

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Aaron Gankofskie

Associate Attorney

Aaron Gankofskie is an associate attorney at Bukowski Law Firm. He primarily focuses on running the firm’s litigation docket, but also consults on transactional matters touching on his expertise.

Aaron is a creative, aggressive, and tactical attorney, but his primary goal is on obtaining positive, cost-effective results for his clients. To accomplish this goal, Aaron consistently provides his clients with realistic expectations for the outcomes and costs of their cases; thereby, helping them make fully informed decisions and avoid the sunk-cost fallacy that commonly accompanies litigation.

Prior to joining the Bukowski Law Firm, Aaron spent five years in Houston representing clients at two real estate boutique law firms. From this experience, Aaron gained a strong foundation in all aspects of real estate litigation. It also afforded him the opportunity to second chair a jury trial and brief multiple appeals, including one to the Supreme Court of Texas.

Aaron is a 2016 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. In addition to his law degree, Aaron holds an MBA from Meredith College (Raleigh, NC) and BA in Economics & Business from Hendrix College (Conway, AR). In his free time, Aaron can be found on the golf course or spending time with his friends.

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Carl R. Allred

Associate Attorney

Carl R. Allred is an Associate Attorney at Bukowski Law Firm. While attending law school near Detroit, MI at Western Michigan’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School he worked as a Title Curative Supervisor for Randall S. Miller and Associates in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Carl focuses his practice on protecting his clients’ commercial investments by helping them close transactions on the best possible terms. He also assists in various litigation matters when the need arises.

Soon after graduation Carl and his wife relocated to Seattle, WA where he practiced family law for a short time. Longing for his home state of Texas, and a desire to re-enter the world of real estate law, Carl and his wife finally came home to their native state. He initially worked as a Municipal Attorney primarily in the areas of commercial real estate, eminent domain, and employment law. Seeking to pursue a career more focused towards commercial real estate transactions Carl came to work for Bukowski law firm in August 2021.

Carl grew up on a ranch in southeastern Oklahoma where he raised a wide variety of livestock from cattle, pigs, lambs, and even emus. Carl and his wife spend their free time hunting, fishing, and pretty much doing anything outdoors and away from the big city. Carl is also an avid reader and enjoys nothing more than a good book on Texas history.

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Sean Bukowski

Principal

Sean Bukowski founded the Bukowski Law Firm in early 2010. Mr. Bukowski’s goal was to create a vibrant, dedicated law firm that would advise commercial property owners and operators from acquisition to disposition so they can run their business.

Prior to forming the Bukowski Law Firm, Sean Bukowski was general counsel for a commercial property owner and management company. He has also been a founding partner of Bukowski & Upchurch, LP. Before that, Mr. Bukowski worked in both the New York and Houston offices of Vinson & Elkins, LLP. He worked in all areas of litigation, including corporate and securities, eminent domain, mass tort and bankruptcy.

Mr. Bukowski is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt Law School. He is a rabid University of Michigan sports fan who moved to Austin in 2011.

Aaron Gankofskie - Commercial Real Estate Attorney | Bukowski Law Firm | Austin, TX

Aaron Gankofskie

Associate Attorney

Aaron Gankofskie is an associate attorney at Bukowski Law Firm. He primarily focuses on running the firm’s litigation docket, but also consults on transactional matters touching on his expertise.

Aaron is a creative, aggressive, and tactical attorney, but his primary goal is on obtaining positive, cost-effective results for his clients. To accomplish this goal, Aaron consistently provides his clients with realistic expectations for the outcomes and costs of their cases; thereby, helping them make fully informed decisions and avoid the sunk-cost fallacy that commonly accompanies litigation.

Prior to joining the Bukowski Law Firm, Aaron spent five years in Houston representing clients at two real estate boutique law firms. From this experience, Aaron gained a strong foundation in all aspects of real estate litigation. It also afforded him the opportunity to second chair a jury trial and brief multiple appeals, including one to the Supreme Court of Texas.

Aaron is a 2016 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. In addition to his law degree, Aaron holds an MBA from Meredith College (Raleigh, NC) and BA in Economics & Business from Hendrix College (Conway, AR). In his free time, Aaron can be found on the golf course or spending time with his friends.

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Carl R. Allred

Associate Attorney

Carl R. Allred is an Associate Attorney at Bukowski Law Firm. While attending law school near Detroit, MI at Western Michigan’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School he worked as a Title Curative Supervisor for Randall S. Miller and Associates in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Carl focuses his practice on protecting his clients’ commercial investments by helping them close transactions on the best possible terms. He also assists in various litigation matters when the need arises.

Soon after graduation Carl and his wife relocated to Seattle, WA where he practiced family law for a short time. Longing for his home state of Texas, and a desire to re-enter the world of real estate law, Carl and his wife finally came home to their native state. He initially worked as a Municipal Attorney primarily in the areas of commercial real estate, eminent domain, and employment law. Seeking to pursue a career more focused towards commercial real estate transactions Carl came to work for Bukowski law firm in August 2021.

Carl grew up on a ranch in southeastern Oklahoma where he raised a wide variety of livestock from cattle, pigs, lambs, and even emus. Carl and his wife spend their free time hunting, fishing, and pretty much doing anything outdoors and away from the big city. Carl is also an avid reader and enjoys nothing more than a good book on Texas history.

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Stephanie Ward

Operations Manager

Stephanie Ward is the Operations Manager at Bukowski Law Firm. She graduated in 2011 from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Management. While studying at U of H, she put herself through school by working full time at Brice Barclay in its accounting department.

Since coming to Bukowski Law Firm, Stephanie has been responsible for all non-legal activities in the Firm. This includes, but is not limited to, human resources, finance and accounting, IT, investments, etc. She manages all the daily activities of the Firm, allowing the Firm to continue to focus on providing high quality legal work to its clients.

Stephanie has lived in Austin since 2011 – her second tour of duty in Austin (she previously lived here from 2001-2003). She loves the outdoors and live music – making Austin the perfect home.

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Kimberly McMichael

Paralegal

Kimberly McMichael is a Paralegal at Bukowski Law Firm. She graduated from Austin Community College with an Associate’s of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies. She was chosen to attend the University of Texas Law summer law program, Explore Law.

Kimberly is currently attending Texas State University, completing her degree in Marketing with a concentration in Real Estate.

Kim hails from east Texas and has lived in Austin since 2011. In her time off she enjoys painting, going to music festivals and spending time with her two calicos Xena and Zelda.

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Steve

Chief Morale Office

Steve is the Chief Morale Officer at Bukowski Law Firm. He has been with the Firm since 2013. He likes to spend his time boosting morale by finding a place to sleep on the office floor and staring at you until you reward him. He knows his efforts greatly improve the overall office mood.

Steve is not motivated by money. Just treats. And scratches. He enjoys napping, breakfast tacos, and keeping the office rodent free.

He is a diehard Michigan sports fan, as you can tell from his supportive collar. He hopes to one day see the Big House in Ann Arbor – but until that day, he roots on from afar.

Leah Long

Operations Manager

Leah Long, a Native Texan who has called the Dallas area home since the early ’90s, brings a wealth of experience and passion for community engagement, development, and business expansion. Leah is adept at business development and client relationship management. Her role at Bukowski Law Firm is focused on assisting commercial real estate brokers, lenders, and all stakeholders involved in commercial real estate transactions.

Leah ensures seamless collaboration with attorneys, emphasizing the importance of working together to guarantee that transactions proceed smoothly. Her commitment to fostering strong partnerships and facilitating effective communication contributes to the overall success of commercial real estate endeavors.

Professional Background:

With a dynamic professional background, Leah combines her expertise in diverse industries with a keen understanding of the DFW real estate and business landscape. Formerly entrenched in the Residential Mortgage Industry and Residential Realtor®, Leah transitioned into the Escrow and Title world in early 2021. Leveraging her background as a Loan Officer and Realtor, she seamlessly navigated this transition. While in the escrow arena, she discovered a profound love for commercial real estate, spanning everything from industrial and retail to office and multifamily. Growing up in a family involved in commercial construction and development, Leah’s hands-on experience alongside her father on various construction and commercial projects has shaped her understanding of the industry.

Philanthropy and Volunteer Work:

Leah is not only a professional but also a passionate advocate for philanthropy. As a former member of CREW Dallas and Collin County Junior League, her involvement with organizations such as Our Calling, Hope’s Door New Beginnings, and yearly volunteering for the Momentous Institute Byron Nelson golf tournament as a Marshal highlights her commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Personal Interests:

Outside of her professional and volunteer commitments,home life includes a high school senior, Devin. Travel, concerts, sampling crab cakes at restaurants, golf tournaments, and movies are ways she spends quality time with valued friends and family. And, of course, Whataburger over In-N-Out every time.

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Stephanie Ward

Operations Manager

Stephanie Ward is the Operations Manager at Bukowski Law Firm. She graduated in 2011 from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Management. While studying at U of H, she put herself through school by working full time at Brice Barclay in its accounting department.

Since coming to Bukowski Law Firm, Stephanie has been responsible for all non-legal activities in the Firm. This includes, but is not limited to, human resources, finance and accounting, IT, investments, etc. She manages all the daily activities of the Firm, allowing the Firm to continue to focus on providing high quality legal work to its clients.

Stephanie has lived in Austin since 2011 – her second tour of duty in Austin (she previously lived here from 2001-2003). She loves the outdoors and live music – making Austin the perfect home.

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Steve

Chief Morale Office

Steve is the Chief Morale Officer at Bukowski Law Firm. He has been with the Firm since 2013. He likes to spend his time boosting morale by finding a place to sleep on the office floor and staring at you until you reward him. He knows his efforts greatly improve the overall office mood.

Steve is not motivated by money. Just treats. And scratches. He enjoys napping, breakfast tacos, and keeping the office rodent free.

He is a diehard Michigan sports fan, as you can tell from his supportive collar. He hopes to one day see the Big House in Ann Arbor – but until that day, he roots on from afar.

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