Kate H. Easterling
Phone: (713) 337-8852
Fax: (713) 333-5985
Office Location: Houston
Kate Easterling is a Senior Attorney in the firm’s Houston office. There she represents McDowell Hetherington’s clients as not only a veteran litigator but also an experienced trial lawyer. Her clients will tell you firsthand that Kate’s enthusiasm for trial sets her apart. Kate embraces the challenge of distilling complex topics and crafting key arguments for court. Her battle-tested skills allow clients to feel confident when they have Kate on their side. These strengths coupled with her energy and wit are perhaps why Kate’s clients enjoy—or at least don’t dread—talking to their lawyer.
Kate’s practice focuses on commercial disputes, energy litigation, financial-products litigation, and personal-injury claims. She effectively handles a variety of complex civil matters in state and federal courts across the nation. In these areas, for instance, she’s represented the drilling contractor in the BP Macondo oil-spill litigation, advised energy and power services companies, represented royalty owners in royalty disputes, defended casinos in contracts cases, and defended construction equipment manufacturers against defective-product, personal injury, and wrongful death claims.
Kate has been honored as a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star for the years of 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Before joining McDowell Hetherington, Kate was a partner at Goforth Easterling LLP. She graduated cum laude from South Texas College of Law in 2005. And in law school, Kate competed in South Texas’s nationally recognized Moot Court and Mock Trial teams—receiving the awards of Dean’s Outstanding Advocate and Best Speaker at the National Product Liability Moot Court Competition. Kate attended the University of Texas on a soccer scholarship and was a member of the 2001 Big XII Conference Championship team.
Outside of the office, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, cheering on the Texas Longhorns, and running (for exercise and to keep up with her kids).
Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star for the years of 2010, 2013 – 2020