Levi G. McCathern, II



Levi G. McCathern, II is recognized as one of the premier litigation lawyers in Texas. He is Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization – a double certification held by only 26 of the 87,000 attorneys in Texas.

Levi specializes on catastrophic damage litigation and is frequently summoned to defend specialized, high-damage claims, including all types of commercial litigation. He has served as lead counsel for numerous jury trials and is regularly called upon to provide legal consultation to companies and throughout the country. In addition, Levi is experienced with reputation management and crisis communications arising from these matters.

Levi serves as primary trial counsel for the Dallas Cowboys Football Club, Ltd., the Jerry Jones Family and their related entities, and is panel counsel for some of the world’s largest companies in the specialty areas of Business LitigationDirectors & Officers Liability, Employment LawAdvertising Injury, and more.

He has been named to Super Lawyers’ coveted group of elite practitioners in Texas 16 times. He achieved this milestone in 2003 and 2004 and every year from 2008 through 2021. The annual Texas Super Lawyers list, designed to identify the state’s top attorneys, is based on a statewide survey of attorneys, independent research, and evaluation of candidates. Levi was selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine for Business/Commercial Litigation in 2014 & 2016 and for General Corporate Law in 2012. Levi was listed by Best Lawyers as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Litigation – Labor and Employment in 2021, 2022 and 2023. He is also listed as one of America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators, an invitation-only honor bestowed upon trial attorneys with successful experience in high-stakes business litigation matters.

In 1993, Levi was licensed to practice law in Texas. He started as an associate with Godwin & Carlton, P.C. and, in less than 5 years, was named as the youngest shareholder in the firm’s history. On October 1, 1998, Levi founded McCathern Wadlington Mooty, LLP. He is licensed to practice in Texas and New York, and is admitted for practice in all Texas state and federal district courts, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, all state courts in New York, and all federal district courts of Arkansas.

Levi was born in the small town of Perryton, Texas and obtained a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Baylor University in 1990, where he was selected Phi Beta Kappa. In 1993, he earned a Juris Doctorate from Baylor University, where he became a member of the Order of Barristers. While in school, Levi served as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Travis, Texas. Levi brings an “everyman” perspective to his vibrant practice that juries love and is seldom found in Texas litigation. His strength is the same both in and out of the courtroom — relating to all people, from blue collar workers to CEOs, on their level.

Levi has been interviewed and quoted by many leading media organizations, including CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Austin American-Statesmen, and The Houston Chronicle.

Selected news articles in which Levi was quoted:

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones testifying today in Super Bowl XLV seating trial
The Dallas Morning News

Lawsuit Says Texas Students Wrapped Rope Around Black Girl’s Neck
The New York Times

Texas girl’s neck burn from school outing ignites dispute
Fox News

Super Bowl ticket holders appeal award over Cowboys Stadium seats
The Dallas Morning News

Sexual assault lawsuit against Cowboys owner Jerry Jones dismissed

Awards and Associations

  • D Best Lawyers 2017
  • Levi McCathern Best Lawyers 2023
  • Levi McCathern Best Lawyers 2022
  • America's Top 100 Bet-The-Company Litigators 2021
  • America's Top 100 Bet-The-Company Litigators 2020
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum