Catherine V. Funkhouser


As part of the third generation of lawyers, Cate Funkhouser has the practice of law in her blood. Growing up with a father and grandfather who practiced law in small-town Kansas, Cate has a special appreciation for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Cate’s clients can feel her passion for their success and they often call on her for legal advice and to be their listening ear. Cate works with her clients to help them develop and adhere to best practices to avoid litigation. In the event that litigation does occur, Cate is experienced and skillful in a courtroom, judge’s chambers, mediation, and arbitration.

Cate is a lifelong learner and having clients in multiple industries gives her the opportunity to research and grow her arsenal of knowledge. Her clients, most closely held businesses, are in manufacturing, oil and gas, financial services, and construction.

Growing up in a family of lawyers, Cate recognizes that it is an honor to have her clients refer to her as “my lawyer”. She also knows that earning that title is a result of responsive and efficient client service combined with a track record of litigation success.

Representative Experience

  • Defended oil and gas exploration and production company in the Permian Basin in a dispute over negligence by oil and gas service provider
  • Represented consumer financial services organization in licensing dispute with a financial technology company, resulting in multi-year litigation, including defending the judgment on appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Successfully litigated complex construction matter on behalf of project owner for failure to adhere to construction best practices
  • Assisted a business owner in contract review and negotiations with an architect and contractor for the development of a multi-tenant office building
  • Advised professional services organization in drafting and finalizing employee handbook

Licensed In

  • Texas


  • J.D. Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • B.A. University of Kansas


  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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