<span id="ctl00_MainContentPlaceHolder_lblBio"> <p><b><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Donald E. Godwin</span></b><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"> is considered one of the most respected and tenacious trial lawyers in Texas. For nearly 40&nbsp;years Don has tried significant jury cases in courts throughout Texas and across the United States. He has the ability to translate complex matters of law and fact into easily understandable language for courts and juries. Don's practice covers a broad range of areas with an emphasis on complex litigation, including oil and gas, environmental, fiduciary duties, will contests, major family law disputes and business torts.&nbsp;He is 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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Don was the lead counsel for Halliburton in its asbestos and silica litigation. He negotiated the global settlement of Halliburton's approximately 382,000 asbestos claims throughout the United States that took him approximately one year to accomplish. In addition to being recognized as a leading trial lawyer in the United States, Don has also earned the reputation among corporate executives, their legal departments, and other highly visible individuals as a master negotiator where the risks are substantial and the future and successes of such clients are on the line.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Don is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He received a J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1973, an M.S. in Accounting from Memphis State University in 1970 and a B.S. from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington in 1969.&nbsp; Reflecting the standard of long-term excellence established in his legal practice, he has been recognized in Chambers USA 2014 in the area of&nbsp;General Commercial Litigation, and&nbsp;honored by selection on the list of <span style="font-style: italic;"><a href="http://www.godwinlewis.com/pdf/PR%20-%20Five%20Godwin%20Lewis%20Attorneys%20Selected%20Among%20Best%20Lawyers%20in%20Dallas%20-Final.pdf" target="_blank">The Best Lawyers in America</a> </span>since 2012 in the area of Commercial Litigation..</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SqOlDTZuWrY" target="_blank" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;">Video: At Godwin Lewis, We are Trial and Appellate Attorneys</a></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-iqc-WCwyY&feature=player_embedded" target="_blank">Video: Why to Choose Godwin Lewis When Energy Issues Seem Overwhelming</a></span></p> <p></p></span> Biography
<ul> <ul><b><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Commercial Litigation</span></b> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Federal and state securities fraud</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Officers and Directors liability</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Contract disputes</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Breach of confidentiality agreements</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Breach of trade secret agreements</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Breach of supply agreements</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Sherman, Clayton, and Robinson-Patman actions</span></li></ul> <ul><b><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Environmental Litigation</span></b> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Defend companies against claims involving hazardous waste dumping allegations</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Defend companies against personal injury and property damage claims resulting from plant emissions</span></li></ul> <ul><b><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Mass Tort Litigation</span></b> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Defended Halliburton, Dresser and Brown &amp; Root in their asbestos- and silica-related litigation throughout Texas</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Defend major apparel company in its asbestos litigation in South Texas</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Defend major manufacturing company in its asbestos litigation in Montana</span></li></ul> <ul><b><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Energy Litigation</span></b> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Disputes involving take-or-pay gas contracts</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Gas processing and gas balancing agreements</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Disputes involving cross-licensing agreements</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Royalty disputes between producers and interest owners</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Gas well blowout disputes in Louisiana and Texas</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Actions for theft of oil from tank farms</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Refinery explosions involving multiple deaths and serious bodily injuries</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Pipeline explosions in neighborhoods resulting in deaths, bodily injuries and property damages</span></li></ul> <ul><b><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Professional Services Litigation</span></b> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Defend attorneys against claims involving negligence, fraud, unjust enrichment and breach of fiduciary duties</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Defend accountants against claims of negligence, fraud and failures to prepare financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles</span></li></ul></ul> Representative Experience
<ul> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Frequent lecturer on a variety of topics related to litigation, jury selection, cross-examination techniques and closing arguments at CLE seminars, institutes and trade-association groups throughout the United States</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Frequent lecturer at Mealey's Institutes on a variety of topics involving defending companies against asbestos claims and how to successfully negotiate global settlements of asbestos and silica claims</span></li></ul> Presentations Publications
<ul> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="background: white; color: #4d4d4d; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13.33px; mso-bidi-font-family: times new roman;">Recognized in</span><em><span style="background: white; color: #4d4d4d; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13.33px; mso-bidi-font-family: times new roman;"> </span></em><em><span style="background: white; color: #4d4d4d; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13.33px;">Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers</span></em><em><span style="background: white; color: #4d4d4d; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13.33px; mso-bidi-font-family: times new roman;"> –</span></em><span style="background: white; color: #4d4d4d; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13.33px; mso-bidi-font-family: times new roman;">General Commercial Litigation, Texas, 2014</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Selected for inclusion in <span style="font-style: italic;"><a href="http://www.godwinlewis.com/pdf/Four%20Godwin%20Lewis%20Shareholders%20Honored%20Among%20Best%20Lawyers%20in%20America.pdf" target="_blank">The Best Lawyers in America 2014</a><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-style: italic;"><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">®</span></font></span></span></span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Selected for inclusion in <span style="font-style: italic;"><a href="http://godwinronquillo.com/pdf/PR%20-%20Godwin%20Ronquillo%20Attorneys%20Named%20to%202013%20Best%20Lawyers%20in%20America.pdf" target="_blank">The Best Lawyers in America 2013</a><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">®</span></font></span></span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Selected for inclusion in </span><span style="font-style: italic;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">The Best Lawyers in America 2012</span><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">®</span></font></span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><font color="#000000" size="3" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.33px;">AV rated &quot;Preeminent&quot; Martindale Hubbell</span></font></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Designated as one of the “Top Five DFW Defenders,“ Dallas Business Journal, 2006, 2010</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">5-time selection to Thomson Reuters' &quot;Top 100 Lawyers in Texas&quot; as published in </span><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-style: italic;">Texas Monthly&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp; Super Lawyers </span><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">magazines (2003-2006, 2012).&nbsp; </span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">9-time selection to Thomson Reuters'&nbsp;&quot;Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth&quot; as published in </span><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-style: italic;">Texas Monthly</span><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"> &amp; </span><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-style: italic;">Super Lawyers</span><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">&nbsp;magazines (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">3-time selection to &quot;Who's Who in Energy&quot; in Dallas, Houston, Austin, Denver, St. Louis, Columbus, San Antonio&nbsp;and Pittsburgh&nbsp;by the </span><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-style: italic;">American City Business Journals, 2011, 2012, 2013-14</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Selected to </span><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-style: italic;">Texas Super Lawyers</span><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"> Advisory Board, 2010-2013</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice from SMU Dedman School of Law for 2003</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Chosen to&nbsp;the list of&nbsp;Thomson Reuters'&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;Texas Super Lawyers&quot; as published in </span><i><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Texas Monthly</span></i><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"> and&nbsp;</span><i><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Super Lawyers</span></i><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">&nbsp;magazines, <a href="http://www.godwinlewis.com/pdf/Nine%20From%20Godwin%20Lewis%20Recognized%20by%20Texas%20Super%20Lawyers%20v1%20wpic.pdf" target="_blank">2003 - 2013</a></span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">7-time selection as one of the </span><a href="http://www.godwinlewis.com/pdf/Godwin%20Lewis%20CEO%20Donald%20E%20%20Godwin%20Honored%20Among%20Best%20Lawyers%20in%20Dallas%20-%20Final.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">&quot;Best Lawyers in Dallas&quot; by </span><i><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">D Magazine</span></i></a><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">, 2003, 2005. 2009, 2011-2014</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Selected in the </span><i><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Dallas Business Journal's</span></i><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"> list of the Top 10 Litigators/Trial Lawyers in the D/FW Metroplex, 2003</span></li></ul> Honors And Awards
<ul> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">State Courts of Texas</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">U.S. Supreme Court</span></li></ul> Admitted Practice
<ul> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Dallas Bar Association, Chairman, Antitrust &amp; Trade Regulation Section, 1980</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">State Bar of Texas</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">William 'Mac' Taylor, Jr. American Inn of Court (Master Member)</span></li></ul> Member
<ul> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1979</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (J.D., 1973)</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Memphis State University (M.S., Accounting, 1970)</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">University of North Carolina, Wilmington (B.S., 1969)</span></li></ul> Education
<ul> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Board of Directors, Haggar Clothing Co., 2003 to 2005</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Chair, Dallas Symphony, AT&amp;T Gala, 2004</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Corporate Underwriting Chair, Prevent Blindness and UT Southwestern Department of Ophthalmology, Eye Ball event, 2004 and 2005</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Executive Board Member, SMU Dedman School of Law, 2002 to present</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Outside Counsel and Trustee, Episcopal School of Dallas, 2002 to 2011</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Outside Counsel, Dallas Symphony Association, 2002 to 2006</span></li></ul> Community
<ul> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Andrews Distributing Company-Distributor of domestic and import beers including Miller and Coors</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">City of Celina</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">First Southwest Company</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">FMC Technologies, Inc.</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Haggar Clothing Co.</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Halliburton Company</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Hunt Consolidated, Inc.</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Hunt Realty, Inc.</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Phillip Romano-Restaurateur/Entrepreneur</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">PlainsCapital Bank</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Ray Hunt</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">ShawCor</span></li> <li class="lawyerSectionList"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Texas Capital Bank</span></li></ul> Representative Clients

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Donald E. Godwin
Chairman and CEO

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Civil Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Divorce Litigation
Eminent Domain and Zoning Litigation
Energy / Oil and Gas Litigation
Environmental Litigation
Wills, Probate, Estate Planning and Estate Litigation

BIOGRAPHY

Donald E. Godwin is considered one of the most respected and tenacious trial lawyers in Texas. For nearly 40 years Don has tried significant jury cases in courts throughout Texas and across the United States. He has the ability to translate complex matters of law and fact into easily understandable language for courts and juries. Don's practice covers a broad range of areas with an emphasis on complex litigation, including oil and gas, environmental, fiduciary duties, will contests, major family law disputes and business torts. He is 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.

Don was the lead counsel for Halliburton in its asbestos and silica litigation. He negotiated the global settlement of Halliburton's approximately 382,000 asbestos claims throughout the United States that took him approximately one year to accomplish. In addition to being recognized as a leading trial lawyer in the United States, Don has also earned the reputation among corporate executives, their legal departments, and other highly visible individuals as a master negotiator where the risks are substantial and the future and successes of such clients are on the line.

Don is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He received a J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1973, an M.S. in Accounting from Memphis State University in 1970 and a B.S. from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington in 1969.  Reflecting the standard of long-term excellence established in his legal practice, he has been recognized in Chambers USA 2014 in the area of General Commercial Litigation, and honored by selection on the list of The Best Lawyers in America since 2012 in the area of Commercial Litigation..

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