Shawn M. McCaskill

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Dallas, TX

Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC
 | Renaissance Tower, 1201 Elm Street, Suite 1700
Dallas, TX 75270
Phone: 214-939-8684
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007 - 2011
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate (80%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Shawn M. McCaskill, a shareholder at Godwin Bowman & Martinez, has provided quality representation for his clients in Dallas, Texas, for more than 15 years. Board Certified in Appellate practice by the Texas Board of Legal Specializatopm. he focuses his practice of law primarily in the areas of banking and financial institution litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. McCaskill has also handled general civil litigation matters, including cases involving breach of contract and medical malpractice.

Mr. McCaskill attended St. Mary's University School of Law, graduating in 1998 with his Juris Doctor, and served on the Editorial Board of the St. Mary's Law Journal.

Mr. McCaskill first worked for the Honorable Justice Tom James on the 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas as a briefing attorney, honing his legal research and writing skills. He then left for private practice and has since secured several seven-figure verdicts for his clients. His high degree of skill has led to recognition from his fellow professionals during his career. A 4-time recipient of Texas Super Lawyers honors, Shawn has also been named to the list of Texas Rising Stars 5 times.  In addition, Mr. McCaskill was named as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine in 2014 and 2017, and is a fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation.

Mr. McCaskill has won 4 cases in the Supreme Court of Texas, including most recently in the case of In re Lipsky, No. 13-0928, unanimous opinion issued on April 24, 2015, in a case involving the Texas Citizens Participation Act, also know as the Texas Anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) Act.

An active participant in a variety of professional organizations, Mr. McCaskill is a member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, the Dallas Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. He is admitted to practice law before all of the state courts of Texas, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th and Federal Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. McCaskill is also active in his community and was elected in May 2015 to serve on the City of Southlake City Council until 2018 and appointed as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem in 2016, after previously serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Southlake.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Appellate (80%): Appeals

Business Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Appellate: Appeals


Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2007 - 2011

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About Shawn McCaskill

Admitted: 1998, Texas

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Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2017
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2016
  • Selected to the list of Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2015
  • Selected to the list of Best Lawyers in Dallas, 2014
  • Five-time selection to the list of Thomson Reuters' "Texas Rising Stars" 2007-2011

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • City of Southlake, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, 2016-17
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • State Courts of Texas
  • City of Southlake City Council, 2015-2018
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation.
  • Member of the Dallas Bar Association.
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • City of Southlake Planning and Zoning Commission member (2013 - 2015)
  • Arlington Career Institute Program Advisory Committee member (2010 - present)
  • City of Southlake Zoning Board of Adjustment member (2010 - 2013)

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Mandamus in Texas State Courts; Rules, Realities and Recent Developments, State Bar of Texas Civil Appellate Practice Course "Boot Camp" 2006
  • Co-author, Celotex Comes to Texas: No Evidence Summary Judgments and Other Recent Developments in Summary Judgment Practice, Texas Tech Law Review, Volume 32, 2000
  • Co-author, Dealing with Default Judgments, St. Mary’s Law Journal, Volume 35, 2003
  • Jury Charge Practice in Texas State Courts, Presented to Dallas Bar Association, July 9, 2004, and Grand Prairie Bar Association, Nov. 18, 2004
  • St. Mary's Law Journal Editorial Board Member, 1997-1998, St. Mary's University School of Law
  • Texas Tech Law Review, Volume 32 (2000) 

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Lead counsel in successful appeal in McIntyre v. Wilson, involving legal malpractice claim and absolute privilege from civil liability for witness statements and testimony during judicial proceedings (50 S.W.3d 674, Tex. App.—Dallas 2001, pet. denied)
  • Lead counsel in a successful appeal in Allstate Indemnity Co. v. Menix, a case involving Texas Insurance Code provisions, UM/UIM insurance policy, prejudgment interest, and attorney's fees (83 S.W.3d 877, Tex. App.—Eastland 2002, pet. denied)/listitem>
  • Counsel in a successful reversal on appeal in Dresser Industries, Inc. v. Underwriters at Lloyd's, London involving a multi-million dollar insurance coverage dispute, (106 S.W.3d 767, Tex. App.—Texarkana 2003, pet. denied)
  • Lead counsel in a successful petition for review to the Texas Supreme Court in the case M.O. Dental Lab v. Rape involving premises liability and summary judgment finality issues (139 S.W.3d 671, Tex. 2004)
  • Co-counsel in a recent win in the Caraustar Industries, Inc. v. Elcor Corp. case, where the Eleventh District Court of Appeals at Eastland affirmed a summary judgment granted in favor of Elcor in a contractual indemnity case (No. 11-04-00245-CV, 2006 WL 62004, Tex. App.—Eastland Jan. 12, 2006, no pet.)
  • Lead appellate counsel in DASS, Inc. v. Benjie Smith d/b/a Oak Cliff Metals, where the Fifth District Court of Appeals at Dallas affirmed a temporary injunction in an accelerated appeal involving alleged breaches of contracts for the sale of land and equipment (No. 05-06-00418-CV, Nov. 7, 2006, no pet.)
  • Lead appellate counsel in Syx v. LTG Vegan Ltd., where the Fifth District Court of Appeals at Dallas affirmed a declaratory judgment in a residential real estate development restrictive covenants case (No. 05-05-00854-CV, pet. denied)
  • Lead appellate counsel in a successful appeal in Martin v. Birenbaum, involving a reversal of an adverse JNOV in a breach of a residential real estate sales contract case in the Fifth District Court of Appeals at Dallas (193 S.W.3d 677, Tex. App.--Dallas 2006, pet. denied)
  • Lead counsel in a successful petition for review to the Texas Supreme Court in the case Fidelity & Guaranty Insurance Co. v. Drewery Construction Co., Inc., which reversed an adverse default judgment in a construction payment bond case against our client (186 S.W.3d 571, Tex. 2006)
  • Counsel in a successful response to a petition for writ of mandamus filed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in In re American Gateway Bank, No. 10-10932 involving a motion to transfer venue.
  • Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law granted by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on March 7, 2011, following an adverse jury verdict in a Family and Medical Leave Act case in Johnson v. Dallas Independent School District, Civil Action No. 3:08-CV-2215-O
  • Petition for Writ of Mandamus granted by the First District Court of Appeals at Houston from an order compelling production of documents in In re Halliburton Energy Services, Inc., No. 01-11-00358-CV (Tex. App.--Houston [1st Dist.] Oct. 4, 2011).
  • A Petition for Writ of Mandamus filed by Shawn M. McCaskill in In re Tecore, Inc., No. 05-12-00537-CV, 2012 WL 2512714 (Tex. App. - Dallas June 29, 2012, orig. proceeding) was granted by the Fifth District Court of Appeals at Dallas, Texas on June 29, 2012, which involved a party's right to take a nonsuit even when a trial court had previously ordered a stay of the case.
  • Lead appellate counsel in prevailing upon 2 petitions for review granted in Cruz v. Andrews Restoration, Inc., No. 10-0995 (Tex. April 20, 2012) and obtained a judgment of $1,081,836.10 for his client, Andrews Restoration, Inc., in a breach of contract case that also involved statute of frauds and DTPA restoration of consideration issues.

Representative Clients:

  • EGW Utilities, Inc. Target Utility Services Co. Andrews Restoration, Inc. d/b/a Protech Services Tecore, Inc., Arlington Career Institute  

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Educational Background:

  • University of Innsbruck (Austria) Institute on World Legal Problems, 1996
  • B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1993
Office Location for Shawn M. McCaskill

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

Phone: 214-939-8684


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Last Updated: 9/11/2017

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