Paul A. Grinke

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Frisco, TX

McCathern, PLLC
 | One Cowboys Way, Suite 175
Frisco, TX 75034
Phone: 214-741-2662
Fax: 214-741-4717
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010 - 2011
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Paul A. Grinke is the managing partner of the Frisco, Texas office of McCathern, PLLC. Mr. Grinke focuses his practice on commercial, construction defect, product liability, and fire litigation for clients throughout the United States. Mr. Grinke is a versatile litigator with more than a decade of experience both prosecuting and defending high profile, complex commercial and catastrophic event claims.

    Acting as lead counsel defending the Dallas Cowboys Football Club, LTD and Cowboys Stadium LP in a death case where an independent contractor fell from a billboard on stadium property, Mr. Grinke recently obtained summary judgment dismissal of all Cowboys entities.  Mr. Grinke also obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims against Dallas Cowboys Football Club, LTD in a lawsuit brought in Pennsylvania federal court arising out of claims related to temporary seating issues during Super Bowl XLV.  He is currently acting as lead counsel representing the National Football League in multiple lawsuits arising out of stadium activities across the country;  As lead counsel representing an international manufacturer of hydraulic cylinders used on large farming equipment, Mr. Grinke obtained partial summary judgment dismissal of claims in a case where two individuals claimed debilitating injuries in a farming accident.  The dismissal of most claims led to a settlement very favorable to the manufacturer.  In 2013, Mr. Grinke was appointed to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee to act as one of the lead counsel on all lawsuits filed as a result of the catastrophic fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas by Judge Jim Meyer of the 170th District Court in McLennon County.

    Mr. Grinke is a lecturer for several different organizations.  He routinely teaches continuing education courses to corporate general counsel and insurance professional groups. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the National Fire Protection Association, the National Association of Subrogation Professionals and the Defense Research Institute.

    In 1997, Mr. Grinke graduated with a bachelor's degree from the Texas Tech University, and he graduated from South Texas College of Law with his Juris Doctor in 2001. He is admitted to practice before Texas state courts as well as before the U.S. District Courts for all Districts of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Additionally, Mr. Grinke practices pro hac vice in state and federal courts across the country.


    Practice Areas
    • 50%Business Litigation
    • 50%Construction Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Construction Defects


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

    Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2010 - 2011

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    About Paul Grinke

    Admitted: 2001, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Tort: Personal Injury, Product and Medical Liability (Defense), D Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2018
    • Tort: Personal Injury, Product and Medical Liability (Defense), D Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2017
    • Business and Construction Litigation , D Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2014

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
    • Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
    • Member, National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
    • Member, Federal Bar Association
    • Member, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Dallas Cowboys Football Club

    Educational Background:

    • South Texas College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2001
    • Texas Tech University, Bachelor's Degree

    Industry Groups

    • Construction
    • Insurance
    • Restaurant & Hospitality
    • Sports


    • “Paul has represented both sides of the docket with tremendous ability.”
    • “Paul A. Grinke is an equity partner at McCathern, PLLC. He has broad experience, on a national level, litigating complex commercial and catastrophic event claims from both sides of the docket. Paul has successfully litigated commercial breach of contract, fiduciary duty and employment covenant claims. He prosecutes and defends claims involving personal injury, wrongful death, and disastrous property damage arising from construction defect, product defect, trucking and liquor liability. Paul heads the firm’s Construction Defect, Product Liability and related Fire Litigation practices. He has particular expertise in counseling institutional clients involved in tragic events not only from a litigation standpoint, but from a crisis management and public relations standpoint.Paul’s experience from both sides of the docket gives him uncommon perspective. He and his partner, Levi McCathern, represent the Dallas Cowboys Football Club 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. Paul is defending both the National Football League and Dallas Cowboys in other lawsuits arising out of Super Bowl XLV, including claims involving injuries from falling ice from the Cowboys Stadium roof during preparations for the game. Paul and Levi counseled Abilene Christian University with respect to the tragic bus accident that took the life of one student and critically injured eighteen others. Paul has recently been called upon to act as counsel for a farming equipment manufacturer in all lawsuits brought in Texas arising out of the outbreak of Listeria food poisoning from tainted cantaloupe in 2011, the deadliest outbreak in U.S. history.Paul is a frequent author and lecturer for many organizations, teaching continuing education courses accredited by departments of insurance in many states across the country. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Paul A. Grinke

    One Cowboys Way
    Suite 175
    Frisco, TX 75034

    Phone: 214-741-2662

    Fax: 214-741-4717

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