Kate H. Easterling
The University of Texas at Austin, B.S., Corporate Communication/Business Foundations, 2002
South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2005
Kate H. Easterling is a Senior Attorney in the firm’s Houston office. Kate’s practice focuses on commercial disputes, energy litigation, financial products litigation, and personal injury claims. She is an experienced lawyer who handles a variety of complex civil matters in both state and federal courts.
Kate’s experience includes representing the drilling contractor in the BP Macondo oil spill multi-district litigation, advising energy and power services companies, representing royalty owners in disputes over the underpayment of royalties, representing casinos in disputes over contracts, defending construction-equipment manufacturers sued for product liability, personal injury, and wrongful-death litigation.
Before joining Edison, McDowell & Hetherington LLP, Kate was a partner at Goforth Easterling, LLP, a successful litigation firm. She earned her law degree from South Texas College of Law in 2005, where she graduated cum laude. While in law school, Kate was an accomplished member of the nationally recognized Moot Court and Mock Trial teams at South Texas—receiving the Dean’s Outstanding Advocate Award and Best Speaker at the National Product Liability Moot Court Competition in 2005. Kate attended the University of Texas on a soccer scholarship and was a member of the 2001 Big XII Conference Championship team.
Kate enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on the Texas Longhorns, and running.
Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star for the years of 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
Represented the offshore driller in the federal multi-district litigation of the BP Macondo Oil Spill. Deposed numerous fact and expert witnesses, worked with the internal investigation team, and helped defend personal injury and wrongful death claims.
Defended construction-equipment manufacturer at trial, which resulted in the jury finding that the plaintiff’s negligence caused the injuries, the crane manufacturer was not negligent, and the crane was not defective.
Represented a group of royalty owners against Chesapeake Exploration, LLC in a breach of contract dispute for improper payment and underpayment of royalties.
Served as outside general counsel for energy and power services companies. Provided legal advice and represented the companies on legal matters, including contract negotiation, dispute resolution, and litigation management. Handled disputes and negotiations related to Purchase and Sale Agreements, partnership agreements, limited liability agreements, indemnity agreements, and escrow agreements.
Represented the owner and operator of natural gas processing plants in a fraudulent transfer case against the seller of natural gas to recover payments made for gas that was never supplied. Worked directly with the client’s in-house counsel, accountant, and expert to develop strategies and prepare the case for trial.
Defended the seller in a post-acquisition dispute over the indemnity provision of the Purchase and Sale Agreement and the scope of the duty to indemnify.
Reviewed and negotiated non-compete, employment, and severance agreements. Resolved labor and employment disputes prior to litigation.