Godwin Bowman PC

Donald Godwin

Godwin Bowman PC

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214-939-4400, ESothcott@GodwinBowman.com


Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Donald E. Godwin, Chairman and CEO of Texas-based Godwin Bowman PC, is one of the most respected trial lawyers in Texas. Don has been the lead trial lawyer in some of the largest civil cases the United States. For much of this decade, he was the Lead Trial Lawyer for Halliburton in the successful defense of that company regarding all civil litigation and investigations concerning the $80 Billion+ BP Macondo well blowout (Deepwater Horizon) in the Gulf of Mexico.

Beyond his status as a leading trial lawyer, Don Godwin has also earned the reputation among corporate executives, their legal departments, and highly visible individuals, as a master negotiator where risks are substantial, and where the future and successes of such clients are on the line.

A member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Don has enjoyed a highly honored career. He has been recognized multiple times by Chambers USA in the area of General Commercial Litgation; has been chosen to the list of The Best Lawyers in America since 2012 in the field of Commercial Litigation; has been honored with four-time selection to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America; has been named one of the "50 Lions of the Texas Bar" by Texas Lawbook; has been selected 10 times to Thomson Reuters' list of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, 14 times to that organization's list of Best Lawyers in Dallas and 16 times to their list of Texas Super Lawyers, recognizing the top 5% of attorneys in the state. He is AV-Rated "Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, their highest rating for legal ability and ethics, and has been selected 11 times by D Magazine among the Best Lawyers in Dallas.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Business Law Business Arbitration, Business Associations Law, Business Cooperatives, Business Crimes, Business Development, Business Dissolutions, Business Enterprises, Business Estate Planning, Business Formation, Business Fraud, Business Litigation, Business Mediation, Business Organization, Business Planning, Business Regulation, Business Reorganization, Business Start-Ups, Business Succession Planning, Business Successions, Business Syndication, Business Taxation, Business Torts, Business Transactions, Business Transfers, Business Trusts, Business Valuation, Buy-Sell Agreements, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Closely Held Business Estate Planning, Closely Held Business Law, Closely Held Business Taxation, Complex Business Litigation, Cooperative Taxation, Emerging Business Law, Emerging Growth Companies, Entrepreneurial Business Law, Family Business Law, Family Business Mediation, Family Business Successions, International Business Law, International Joint Ventures, Joint Ventures, Limited Liability Company Law, Minority Business Law, Pass-Through Entities, Private Business Law, Privatization, Professional Practices, Small Business Law, Sole Proprietorships, Strategic Alliances, Trade and Professional Associations, Trade Association Law
Civil Rights Civil Liberties, Civil Rights Defense, Civil Rights Section 1983, Disability Discrimination, Disabled Access, Disabled Rights, Discrimination, Gay and Lesbian Rights, Handicapped Rights, Human Rights, International Human Rights, Personal Rights, Prisoners Rights, Prisoners Rights Class Actions, Public Interest Law, Race Discrimination, Reproductive Rights, Sex Discrimination, Womens Rights
Commercial Law Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Bad Faith, Commercial Constitutional Law, Commercial Crimes, Commercial Fraud, Commercial Liability, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Mediation, Commercial Torts, Commercial Transactions, Commercial Transfers, Commercial Trusts, Complex Commercial Litigation, International Commercial Arbitration, International Commercial Law, International Sale of Goods, Negotiable Instruments, Retail Liability, Sale of Goods, Secured Transactions, Uniform Commercial Code, Warehousing


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  • Dallas, Texas, Dallas County

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