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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, mostly 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.

Memberships & Awards

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

Key Experience

Defended oil and gas exploration and production company in the Permian Basin in dispute over negligence by oil and gas service provider
Represented consumer financial services organization in licensing dispute with financial technology company, resulting in multi-year litigation, including defending 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

Work Experience

2019 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2018-2019 CKR Law, LLP
2016-2018 O'Donnell, Ferebee & Frazer, P.C.
2015-2016 Private Practice of Law
2007-2009 Orgain Bell & Tucker, LLP
2003-2006 Jones Walker LLP
2001-2003 Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox