May 2, 2017  | By McCathern Law

McCathern Partners Levi McCathern, Arnold Shokouhi, Paul Grinke, Carl Evans, and Jennette DePonte, as well as Of Counsel Attorney Eric Van Horn, were selected to D Magazine’s list of the 2017 Best Lawyers in Dallas.


McCathern Dallas Best Attorneys
Clockwise from top left: Levi McCathern, Arnold Shokouhi, Carl Evans, Eric Van Horn, Jenny DePonte, Paul Grinke

An elite group of top-notch lawyers in Dallas received D Magazine’s “Best Lawyer” honor this year. McCathern’s selected attorneys represent the excellence of the firm’s diverse practice areas.

These selections were determined through a peer-review voting process with ballots submitted by thousands of local lawyers. The final list was determined by an evaluation from a panel of eminent lawyers. This honor was limited to include only the top 4% of lawyers in Dallas and Collin counties across all practice areas. McCathern’s selected attorneys are listed in D Magazine’s May 2017 issue, and the firm is also featured. View the full release on

Levi G. McCathern, II: Business/Commercial Litigation

Arnold Shokouhi: Banking & Finance

Paul A. Grinke: Tort: Personal Injury, Product & Medical Liability (Defense)

Carl L. Evans, Jr.: Insurance Law

Jennette E. DePonte: Labor & Employment Law

Eric M. Van Horn: Bankruptcy

D Best Lawyers 2017

Levi McCathernLevi G. McCathern, II is recognized as one of the premier litigation lawyers in Texas. He is double Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. 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 leading companies. Specialty practice areas include nonsubscription / ERISA, employment law, sports law, business litigation, director & officer (D&O) liability, advertising injury, and more. Levi also specializes in 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 throughout the country.


Attorney Arnold ShokouhiAs Managing Partner, Arnold Shokouhi spearheaded the firm’s expansion by opening offices in Houston, Frisco, and Los Angeles. He is an Equity Partner of the firm and applies McCathern’s mission of “Improving People’s Lives” in every aspect of his work. He leads the firm’s Banking & Mortgage Section and also practices in the areas of commercial litigation, D&O liability, and employment litigation. Arnold’s experience handling transactional matters has given him a unique ability to filter through the intricacies of complex commercial litigation matters. He has played a critical role in the litigation of multi-million dollar disputes between billion dollar corporations. For example, Arnold took the lead for Cowboys Stadium, LP in the litigation involving highly publicized suite lawsuits at Cowboys Stadium.


Paul A. Grinke is an Equity Partner at McCathern, PLLC and leads the firm’s Construction Defect, Product Liability, and related Fire Litigation Sections. He is also Managing Partner of McCathern’s Frisco office. He prosecutes and defends claims involving personal injury, wrongful death, and disastrous property damage arising from construction defect, product defect, commercial trucking, and liquor liability. Paul has broad experience on a national level litigating complex commercial and catastrophic event claims from both sides of the docket. Also, he has successfully litigated commercial breach of contract, fiduciary duty, and employment covenant claims. He and his partner, Levi McCathern, represent the Dallas Cowboys Football Club, Ltd. and related entities in a number of litigated matters, including the class action lawsuits arising out of ticket claims from Super Bowl XLV and the collapse of their indoor practice facility—a case involving a myriad of complex engineering design, product and construction defect issues.


Carl L. Evans, Jr. is an Equity Partner of the firm. He practices non-subscriber employer defense, commercial trucking, liquor liability, employment law, commercial litigation, construction litigation, subrogation, tort, and insurance litigation. Carl has an extensive litigation and trial background, having tried numerous cases in state and federal courts. In addition, he has obtained defense verdicts in arbitrations involving claims of fraud, negligence, breach of contract, and breach of warranty. Carl has successfully represented numerous clients in summary judgment motions that included claims for bad faith, fraud, negligence, premises liability, breach of contract, and breach of warranty. Recently, he obtained a summary judgment for a national retail chain in a personal injury case, and it was the first time in 20 years that the presiding judge had granted a summary judgment in such a case. Carl also recently obtained summary judgement in a multimillion-dollar personal injury case involving the defense of a large construction company.


Partner Jennette E. DePonte is double Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has extensive litigation and trial background, having tried numerous cases in state and federal courts in Texas. Her practice focuses on litigation involving employer-employee relations. Specifically, she has litigated tort and non-subscriber claims, employment-related torts, ERISA claims, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, wage and hour claims and collective actions, and civil rights claims under state and federal law. Jennette has defended national and regional employers in a broad range of employment-related issues, represented employers before numerous federal and state agencies, and has handled trials and appeals in federal and state courts.


Attorney Eric Van HornOf Counsel Attorney Eric M. Van Horn leads McCathern’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring, & Creditors’ Rights Section. He represents clients across the country in all aspects of bankruptcy, reorganizations, out-of-court restructurings and workouts, re-financing and forbearance negotiations and disputes, collection actions, multi-jurisdictional insolvencies, corporate liquidations, and other bankruptcy-related litigation matters. Eric has represented all constituencies in complex Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases throughout the country, including Chapter 11 debtors, bankruptcy trustees, official committees of unsecured creditors and investors, secured lenders, landlords, general unsecured creditors, and bidders for assets in 363 sales. He has specific experience representing clients in oil & gas, manufacturing, healthcare, restaurant, manufacturing, retail, and technology industries.


About D Magazine

D Magazine is the city magazine of Dallas. For four decades, it has served as the independent voice of the city, revealing the best Dallas has to offer. D Magazine Partners also publishes D CEO, D Home, D Weddings, Dallas Medical Directory, Real Estate Annual, and an award-winning website.


About McCathern, PLLC
McCathern, PLLC provides high-quality legal services to clients across the nation with a broad range of practice group specializations. Each of the firm’s leaders brings large-firm experience and business acumen to a smaller-firm environment of agility and efficiency. McCathern’s philosophy of improving people’s lives is implemented daily by treating clients as business partners, working together to find the solution to a dispute, or to close transactions in a diligent, cost-effective manner. The firm’s track record has attracted an impressive clientele list, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations and high-profile organizations, to small companies and high-net-worth individuals. McCathern’s main location is in Dallas, and the firm has additional offices in Frisco, Houston, and Los Angeles. Call 214-741-2662 for more information.