Brandon B. Cate
Commercial Litigation, ERISA Benefits Litigation, Appeals
Mr. Cate is a litigation attorney in the firm’s Northwest Arkansas office. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, including class actions, real estate litigation, media law, and eminent domain, as well as ERISA benefits litigation and appeals. He has practiced before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Eighth Circuits, the Supreme Court of Arkansas, the Arkansas Court of Appeals, and numerous federal and state trial courts and Arkansas administrative agencies. Mr. Cate recently represented defendants in fourteen putative class action lawsuits filed in Arkansas and Missouri regarding Internet practices, and he regularly represents ERISA clients in both Arkansas and Tennessee courts. His experience includes serving as lead trial counsel in lawsuits related to mortgage practices in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, and Minnesota. His experience also includes serving as lead trial counsel for a pipeline company in 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, recognized as a Mid-South Rising Star in the area of Employee Benefits by Super Lawyers, and named a Future Star in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation. He is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Cate’s appeal work includes the following matters:
- 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)
Mr. Cate has represented various media entities on defamation, First Amendment, and Freedom of Information Act issues. In October 2015, Mr. Cate served as lead trial counsel in Northwest Arkansas Newspapers, LLC et al. v. City of Springdale, Arkansas, Circuit Court of Washington County, Arkansas, Case No. CV 15-1548-5. In the lawsuit, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sued the City of Springdale under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act for the failure to produce a 911 telephone recording and two letters. The Circuit Court of Washington County ruled in favor of the newspaper on all counts and directed the release of the 911 recording and the letters.
Prior to joining Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC, 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. In 1997, Mr. Cate was named “Mr. Intern Of The Year” by the General Assembly.
A native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Mr. Cate is a devoted Arkansas Razorback fan. As a lifelong hobby, he maintains an amateur archive of Razorback football television broadcasts and films. His collection dates to 1940, and he is listed as a contributor 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, American Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, and Pulaski and Washington County Bar Associations; 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).
Coached youth basketball, baseball, and soccer
Trustees Commmittee and Children's Committee at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville