Katherine L. Butler

Katherine L. Butler has practiced law for more than 30 years.

After graduating from law school in 1981, she completed a two-year judicial clerkship with Judge Reynaldo Garza of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Since 1988, she has practiced with former law school classmate, Margie Harris.

She began serving on the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association in 2017.In 2018, she was elected to serve as NELA’s Treasurer.

She is the Former Chair of the American Diabetes Association’s Legal Advocacy Subcommittee. She is also a past President of the Texas Employment Lawyers Association, a past Chair of the State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section, and serves on the Judicial Nominations Committee of the National Employment Lawyers Association.


  • J.D., The University of Houston, 1981
  • B.A. in Public Policy Sciences, Duke University, 1976

Professional Awards

  • The American Diabetes Association’s Public Policy Leadership Award, honoring an individual “that significantly impacts public policy to benefit people with diabetes and the mission of the American Diabetes Association.”
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Rated as a Super Lawyer in several categories through independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations every year since its inception in 2003
  • “Top 50 Women Lawyers in the State of Texas” – Texas Super Lawyers (2018)
  • “Top 100 Houston Super Lawyers” – Texas Super Lawyers (2018)

Professional Associations


Recent Publications and Speeches

  • Outside the Box Discovery Tools: Getting Creative with Discovery in the Era of Proportionality, 2018 NELA Annual Convention Panelist, Chicago
  • Rule 30(b)(6): The Ultimate Proportional Discovery, 2018 NELA Annual Convention, Chicago
  • Spring 2018 Federal Case Update, TELA Spring Seminar, Austin
  • Sexual Harassment Webinar, State Bar of Texas (2018)
  • Federal Employment Case Law Update, State Bar of Texas, 25th Advanced Employment Law Course (2017)
  • Fundamentals of Employment Law, State Bar of Texas, Soaking Up Some CLE: A South Texas Litigation Course (2017)
  • Federal Law Update, State Bar of Texas, Labor & Employment Law Section, 28th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute (2017)
  • What’s Happening at the EEOC and Case Law Update, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting (2017)