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D. Scott Cain

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Managing Partner

Scott Cain graduated from Cleburne High in 1985, received his BA from Criswell College in 1989, and his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M School of Law (fka Texas Wesleyan University School of Law) in 1999. Scott is the managing partner of Cain & Kiel Law, a law firm that focuses on real estate, probate and estate planning, and corporate transactional and litigation matters. He is a certified mediator and is also the owner of Trinity Abstract & Title in Cleburne. Scott has served as Cleburne's Mayor since 2012.

Scott has served on many boards for several local charities and universities in Cleburne and throughout Johnson County, and he is a past state amateur wakeboarding champion. Scott is recognized by his peers with the highest peer review rating and was selected as one of only a half percent of Texas lawyers to serve as a fellow on the Texas Bar Foundation. For 9 of the past 11 years, Scott and his law firm were selected as Johnson County's best lawyers by the Cleburne Times Review Reader's Poll. In 2017, Scott was selected as the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. In 2018, Scott was selected as the top litigation and trial lawyer in America by Lawyer Monthly publication, and his law firm was selected as Texas' Top 10 in estate planning.

Scott teaches business law as an adjunct professor at Southwest Adventist University and has authored several articles and wrote the book, "Cleburne Baseball: a Railroader History." Scott is often a keynote speaker at conferences and events across Texas.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2000
  • Federal Northern District of Texas, 2000
  • Federal Western District of Texas, 2015


  • Texas A&M Law School (fka Texas Wesleyan Law School), Fort Worth
    • J.D. - 1999
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Honors and Awards

  • Elite Lawyer, 2022
  • Texas State Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Citizen of the Year, Cleburne, 2017
  • Martindale Hubbell AV-rated
  • Texas Top 10 in Estate Planning, 2018
  • 2018 Civil Litigation and Trial Lawyer of the Year, Lawyer Monthly
  • Voted #1 lawyer or law office 10 out of past 13 years by the Reader's Poll, Cleburne Times Review
  • 2018 US Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Johnson County’s #1 Lawyer, 2010 - 2021 (by Cleburne Times Review Reader’s Choice Poll)
  • Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, 2017
  • State Champion Wakeboarder

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mayor of Cleburne, 2012-present
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Certified Mediator
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Past Chamber of Commerce board member
  • Rotary Club
  • Cleburne Pregnancy Center, past board member
  • Johnson County United Way, past board member
  • Wakeboard Church, past board member
  • Cleburne Economic Development Foundation
  • Several city boards
  • Burleson Pregnancy Center, past board member
  • SWA University Business Department, advisory board member
  • Adjunct Professor, SWAU, Keene, Texas

Published Works

  • Cleburne Baseball: A Railroader History, History Press 2017

Relevant Past Employment Positions

  • Cain & Associates
  • Bradley & Cain
  • Hill Gilstrap
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