Susan Cates focuses her practice on both employment litigation and consulting in federal and state courts. She represents companies and individuals in cases involving noncompete agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, FLSA allegations, discrimination and harassment, breach of contract claims, and numerous other employment-related disputes. She has obtained temporary restraining orders and temporary injunctions for clients and has defended clients against such injunctive relief. Susan has also represented employers before several administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). 

In other business litigation, Susan’s experience includes representing contractors and subcontractors in construction defect cases, handling lien foreclosures, indemnity issues, and post-judgment collection proceedings, including garnishment actions. She has also defended manufacturers, including pharmaceutical companies, in products liability cases.

Susan is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and is active in the firm’s Women’s Initiative program.

Honors & Recognitions

Texas Rising Stars, Employment & Labor, 2015-2019



J.D., University of Texas School of Law, with honors, 2005

B.A., Southwestern University, Psychology, Minor in Communications, 2002



United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Susan Cates’ litigation experience has included the following representations: 

  • A defendant in obtaining a favorable judgment as a matter of law in an FLSA case after the plaintiff presented her case to the jury.
  • International government contractor as defense counsel at trial in a sexual assault and fraudulent inducement case.
  • Defendant in an FLSA collective action litigation.
  • Company as defense counsel at trial in a breach of contract case filed by a former employee.
  • Company and several sales representatives in a lawsuit involving allegations of breach of noncompete agreements.
  • Waterproofing subcontractor in a construction defect case.
  • Client in obtaining a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction against the client’s former employees who started a competing business.
  • General contractor in a lawsuit to foreclose on liens.
  • Company as defense in a malicious prosecution and sexual harassment lawsuit filed by several former employees


Media Mentions


State Bar of Texas, Member

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Houston Bar Association, Member