Jeffrey T. Knebel
  • Partner





The College of the State Bar of Texas
The College of the State Bar of Texas

Mr. Knebel is a partner of Osborne, Helman, Knebel & Scott, LLP and practices primarily in the areas of probate and fiduciary litigation involving executors, trustees, attorneys, and other fiduciaries, will contests, guardianships, and estate planning and probate issues, representing both fiduciaries and beneficiaries. He also handles contentious trust cases that involve advising settlors, trustees, protectors, and asset holders in high value disputes relating to the validity of international trusts and foreign asset protection structures. He frequently represents charitable organizations in a wide variety of controversies. He also has significant jury and bench trial experience in real estate-related litigation and commercial litigation, including representing individuals and large and small businesses in contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty cases, fraud and misrepresentation claims, defamation cases, and insurance coverage disputes.


• Baylor University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1990), Associate Editor, Baylor Law Review
• Southwestern University (B.A., Finance, with honors, 1987)

Practice Areas

• Fiduciary Litigation
• International Litigation
• Appellate Law
• Probate, Estate & Trust Administration

Professional Memberships and Honors

• Member, Austin Bar Association
• Member, State Bar of Texas
• Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
• Director, Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section
• Member, Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners
• Past Member, Young Men’s Business League of Austin

Publications and Presentations

• Presenter, "International Debt, Death and Taxes," Legal Week, International Trusts and Estates Litigation Forum, Provence, France (2012)
• Presenter, "Trustee Disclosure," State Bar of Texas, Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course (2012)
• Co-Author/Presenter, "The Fiduciary Duty of Full Disclosure: Knowing When and What to Disclose," State Bar of Texas, Fiduciary Litigation: Beyond the Basics Course (2011)
• Presenter, "Discovery in the United States – Can it Apply to Lawsuits from Other Countries?", 2nd Annual Liechtenstein Forum on Asset Protection (2011)
• Presenter, "When the Attorney General Calls," State Bar of Texas, Governance of Nonprofit Organizations Course (2010)
• Author/Presenter, "Will Contests: Helping Your Estate Planning Clients Avoid the Quagmire," Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section (2010)
• Co-Presenter, "Ethical Traps for the Estates and Trusts Attorney," Austin Bar Association, 2009 Estate Planning and Probate Law Section Seminar (2009)
• Co-Presenter, "Ethical Traps for the Estates and Trusts Attorney," Dallas Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Law Section (2008)
• Author/Presenter, "Fiduciary Litigation Issues in Asset Protection and Bankruptcy," State Bar of Texas, Fiduciary Litigation Seminar (2008)
• Author/Presenter, "Procedural and Evidentiary Tips and Traps in Guardianship Litigation," Tarrant County Probate Bar Association Litigation Seminar (2004)
• Presenter, "Fiduciary Litigation," State Bar of Texas, Austin Legal Assistants Division (2004)
• Author/Presenter, "Procedural and Evidentiary Issues in Guardianship Litigation," State Bar of Texas Guardianship and Advanced Elder Law Course (2003)
• Author/Presenter, "The Roles and Duties of Guardians," State Bar of Texas, Guardianship with Elder & Disability Perspective (2002)
• Co-Author, Texas Environmental Handbook, Superfund Chapter (1995)