Isaac Villarreal

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

McCathern, Shokouhi, Evans, Grinke, PLLC
 | 2000 West Loop South, Suite 1850
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 214-390-4516
Fax: 832-213-4842
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (60%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (10%),
  • Real Estate: Consumer (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Isaac Villarreal is a partner with the McCathern law firm, and he works out of their Houston, Texas, office. A highly versatile and award-winning attorney with more than 11 years of legal experience, Mr. Villarreal represents a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Houston metro area and across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    • Business and commercial litigation as well as transactional matters
    • Construction litigation
    • Real estate litigation and transactions
    • Probate and estate litigation
    • Collections, banking and mortgage issues
    • Employment law
    • Restaurant and hospitality law
    • Director and officers' liability
    • Appeals

    Over the course of his career, Mr. Villarreal has achieved notable success representing the needs and interests of a wide range of commercial clients, from large, multinational corporations to small family-owned businesses. Through his efforts, he has helped defend his clients against tortious claims involving millions of dollars, and he has successfully prosecuted plaintiff claims of the same. He has also assisted many closely held business owners with their business succession plans and any resulting disputes during the estate administration process.

    Moreover, Mr. Villarreal has become a recognized leader in real estate law and transactions, representing the interests of private homeowners, construction and real estate professionals, property investors, corporations, and others. He also has achieved considerable success resolving a variety of issues during arbitration, including partnership disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims and other serious matters.

    Mr. Villarreal earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Southwest Texas State University. He then attended the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 2008 and served as editor-in-chief of the Thurgood Marshall Law Review.

    Along with practicing before all Texas state courts, he received voluntary restricted status to practice before all state courts in Minnesota. He is also admitted to practice before the all U.S. District Courts in Texas as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

    Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Villarreal is a member of several local, state and national legal organizations. He is also a member of the Hispanic Bar Association, the Galveston Bar Association, the Garland Walker American Inns of Court and the Texas Association of Mediators.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Business Litigation
    • 10%Business/Corporate
    • 10%Construction Litigation: Business
    • 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 10%Real Estate: Consumer
    Focus Areas

    Business Formation and Planning, Partnership, Contracts, Construction Defects


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019

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    About Isaac Villarreal

    Admitted: 2008, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Top Lawyer - Commercial Litigation, Houstonia Magazine, 2020
    • Houston's Top Lawyers - Business Litigation, H Texas Magazine, 2020
    • 2019 Top Lawyer for Commercial Litigation in Houstonia Magazine., Top Lawyer - Commerical Litigation, Houstonia Magazine, 2019
    • McCathern attorney Isaac Villarreal had a verdict obtained out of the 80th Judicial District Court of Harris County included on the website's list of the Top 50 plaintiff’s jury verdicts for the state of Texas in 2018., Top 50 Plaintiff's Jury Verdicts in Texas,, 2018
    • Litigator of the Week, The Texas Lawyer, Litigator of the Week, Texas Lawyer, 2013

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Texas Association of Mediators
    • Galveston Bar Association
    • Garland Walker American Inns of Court
    • Hispanic Bar Association
    • Houston Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
    • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • State Bar of Texas, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
    • American Bar Association
    • All Courts for the State of Minnesota—Voluntary Restricted Status
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • State of Texas (Texas Bar License No. 24054553)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Thurgood Marshall Law Review, Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, Editor-in-Chief, Thurgood Marshall Law Review, 2008
    • Continuing Education Materials for Mediators, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, State Bar of Texas


    • Mr. Villarreal of the McCathern Houston office obtained a notable verdict on behalf of their clients in Gajarawala, et al. v. Kurre out of the 80th Judicial District Court of Harris County. That case was a complex business lawsuit that centered around disputes concerning the joint ownership of a concrete ready-mix company and the rights and obligations of the company’s owners related to the business. Mr. Villarreal brought direct and derivative claims against the Defendant, alleging various contract claims and business torts on behalf of their clients. The favorable jury verdict found that Defendant breached two contracts and was liable to their client for damages of $1,134,656, plus attorney’s fees through trial, court costs and contingent post-judgement attorney’s fees. The jury verdict also resulted in the successful defense of counterclaims, seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars, asserted against Mr. Villarreal’s clients. This verdict was named to the list of Top 50 plaintiff's jury verdicts for the state of Texas in 2018., 2018

    Educational Background:

    • Southwest Texas State University, Bachelor of Arts (English), 2002
    • Southwest Texas State University, Master of Arts (Legal Studies), 2004

    Industry Groups

    • American Bar Association
    • Galveston Bar Association
    • Garland Walker American Inns Of Court
    • Hispanic Bar Association
    • Houston Bar Association
    • State Bar Of Texas
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    Office Location for Isaac Villarreal

    2000 West Loop South
    Suite 1850
    Houston, TX 77027

    Phone: 214-390-4516

    Fax: 832-213-4842

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