Brandon B. Cate
Mr. Cate is a litigation attorney in the firm’s Northwest Arkansas office. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, including litigation concerning ERISA, mortgage servicing, real estate, media law, eminent domain, and class action defense. His experience includes representing defendants in putative class actions filed in Arkansas and Missouri regarding Internet practices, defending a national mortgage servicer in a putative class action concerning mortgage practices, and defending a publicly traded company in a putative class action against claims of employment discrimination. He has defended mortgage servicers in litigation filed in Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Tennessee, Kansas, and Mississippi. He regularly represents insurance companies in ERISA-benefits and other group-benefits litigation in Arkansas and Tennessee courts. He also represented a natural gas pipeline company in successfully securing a right of way covering the distance of one-half of the State of Arkansas through eminent domain. Mr. Cate is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, and Litigation – ERISA, has been recognized as a Mid-South Rising Star in the area of Employee Benefits by Super Lawyers, and named to the 2016 Under 40 Hot List and a Future Star in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation. He is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Cate advises media entities on defamation, First Amendment, and Freedom of Information Act issues. His recent trial work includes representing a newspaper and its reporter in successfully obtaining copies from a municipality of a 911 recording and written correspondence in a lawsuit filed under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
Mr. Cate’s recent trial work also includes successfully obtaining a declaratory judgment in favor of Arkansas landowners whose neighbor sought to take 27 acres of property by adverse possession or boundary by acquiescence. And Mr. Cate successfully defended at trial two individuals who had been sued for breach of a real-estate agreement.
Mr. Cate’s appeal work includes the following published decisions:
- Moore v. Apple Central, LLC, 893 F. 3d 579 (8th Cir. 2018)
- County of Ramsey v. MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. et al., 776 F.3d 947 (8th Cir. 2014)
- Brown v. Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. et al., 738 F.3d 926 (8th Cir. 2013)
- Daigle v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., 452 Fed Appx. 689 (8th Cir. 2011)
- Booth v. Riverside Marine Remanufacturers, Inc., 2010 Ark. App. 366, 376 S.W.3d 450 (2010)
Prior to joining Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC in 2003, Mr. Cate served as a law clerk to the Honorable G. Thomas Eisele of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
Mr. Cate graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he finished second in his class and served as Editor in Chief of the Arkansas Law Review. Prior to law school, he graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. While attending Vanderbilt University, Mr. Cate interned and later worked part-time for the Tennessee General Assembly’s Senate Judiciary Committee, where he drafted and assessed legislation.
A native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Mr. Cate is a devoted Arkansas Razorback fan. As a thirty-year hobby, he maintains an amateur archive of Razorback football television broadcasts and films. His collection dates to 1940, and he contributed to the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network’s documentary 22 Straight: 1963-65.
State of Arkansas, State of Tennessee, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Tennessee
University of Arkansas School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2001)
Editor-in-Chief, Arkansas Law Review, 2000-01
Member, School of Law Board of Advocates, 2000-01
First Place, School of Law Client Counseling Competition, 1999
Vanderbilt University (B.A., cum laude, 1998)
Associations and Affiliations
Fellow, Arkansas Bar Foundation; Member, Defense Research Institute; Member, Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel; Member, American Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, and Washington County Bar Association; Member, W. B. Putman Inn of Court
Saforo & Associates, Inc. v. Porocel Corp.: The Failure of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act to Clarify the Doubtful and Confused Status of Common Law Trade Secret Principles, 53 Ark. L. Rev. 687 (2000).
Brandon B. Cate & Lindsey C. Pesek, Opinion in Error: FOI Interpretation Incorrect, Ark. Dem.-Gaz., Dec.22, 2015, at B7.
Mr. Cate volunteers his time to various youth activities and has coached youth basketball, baseball and soccer. He previously served on the Trustees Committee (Chair, 2017; Vice Chair 2015-2016) at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville.