Donald E. Godwin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Dallas, TX

Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC
 | Renaissance Tower, 1201 Elm Street, Suite 1700
Dallas, TX 75270
Phone: 214-939-4412
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Environmental Litigation (40%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

With more than 40 years of experience, Donald E. Godwin has developed a reputation as one of Texas’ most professional and effective trial lawyers. He handles a wide variety of civil and commercial litigation, including environmental matters, oil and gas litigation, wills and probate law, family law disputes and business torts. Board-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial law, Mr. Godwin is known for his skill in breaking down complex legal terms for the benefit of juries and clients. From the Dallas office of Godwin Bowman & Martinez, Mr. Godwin accepts cases throughout Texas and the United States.

Mr. Godwin is known in the corporate world as a formidable advocate in representing companies’ best interests. He is currently the lead trial lawyer for Halliburton in connection with all civil litigation and investigations concerning BP's Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico (Deepwater Horizon), generally recognized as the largest environmental litigation case in the history of the United States.  He also gained widespread respect among his peers for his work as Halliburton’s lead attorney in asbestos litigation; successfully negotiating settlements for 382,000 national asbestos claims within an impressive time frame of one year. 

After receiving a Bachelor of Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969, Mr. Godwin went on to earn his Master of Science degree in accounting in 1970 from the University of Memphis. He then earned his Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1973.

Among numerous other recognitions, Mr. Godwin has twice been selected to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America by Lawdragon, Inc., has received the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell, has been selected to the "50 Lions of the Texas Bar" by Texas Lawbook, has been honored 8 times among Thomson Reuters' Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers, and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America** since 2012. He has also been featured in Chambers USA since 2014 for his outstanding contributions to general commercial litigation.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

**The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC


About Donald Godwin

Admitted: 1973, Texas

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • Selected for inclusion among The Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, Inc., 2016
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2016
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon Inc., 2015
  • 50 Lions of the Texas Bar, Texas Lawbook, 2015
  • "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2015
  • "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2012
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2011
  • Designated as one of the "Top Five DFW Defenders", Dallas Business Journal, 2010
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2009
  • Designated as one of the "Top Five DFW Defenders", Dallas Business Journal, 2006
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2005
  • Top 10 Litigators/Trial Lawyers in the D/FW Metroplex, Dallas Business Journal, 2003
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2003
  • Received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice from SMU Dedman School of Law, 2003
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers General Commercial Litigation, Texas, 2014 - 2016
  • 14-time selection to Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters 2003-2016
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012®
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013®
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014®
  • 5-time selection to "Who's Who in Energy" in Dallas, Houston, Austin, Denver, St. Louis, Columbus, San Antonio and Pittsburgh by the American City Business Journals, 2011, 2012, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-2016
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015®
  • AV rated 5.0 "Preeminent", Martindale Hubbell

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certification in Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1979

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Dallas Bar Association, Chairman, Antitrust & Trade Regulation Section, Member, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • State Courts of Texas
  • William 'Mac' Taylor, Jr. American Inn of Court (Master Member)
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Executive Board Member, SMU Dedman School of Law, 2002 to present
  • Outside Counsel and Trustee, Episcopal School of Dallas, 2002 to 2011
  • Chair, Dallas Symphony, AT&T Gala, 2004
  • Corporate Underwriting Chair, Prevent Blindness and UT Southwestern Department of Ophthalmology, Eye Ball event, 2004 and 2005
  • Outside Counsel, Dallas Symphony Association, 2002 to 2006
  • Board of Directors, Haggar Clothing CO., 2003 to 2005

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Frequent Lecturer on topics related to litigation, jury selection, cross-examination techniques and closing arguments at CLE seminars, institutes and trade-association groups throughout the United States
  • Frequent Lecturer at Mealey's Institutes on topics involving defending companies against asbestos claims and how to successfully negotiate global settlements of asbestos and silica claims

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Global Settlement of Halliburton's approximately 382,000 asbestos claims throughout the United States

Representative Clients:

  • Texas Capital Bank
  • ShawCor
  • Ray Hunt
  • PlainsCapital Bank
  • Phillip Romano-Restaurateur/Entrepreneur
  • Hunt Realty, Inc.
  • Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
  • Halliburton Company
  • Haggar Clothing Co.
  • FMC Technologies, Inc.
  • First Southwest Company
  • City of Celina
  • Andrews Distributing Company- Distributor of domestic and import beers including Miller and Coors

Educational Background:

  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington (B.S., 1969)
  • Memphis State University (M.S., Accounting, 1970)

Industry Groups

  • Oil And Gas Litigation; Bank Litigation;Real Estate Litigation; Tort Litigation
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    Office Location for Donald E. Godwin

    Renaissance Tower
    1201 Elm Street, Suite 1700
    Dallas, TX 75270

    Phone: 214-939-4412


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