<p>Israel R. Silvas is a Shareholder at Godwin Lewis PC. &nbsp;He has counseled clients (both plaintiffs and defendants) in cases pending in Texas state courts, federal courts, and arbitration proceedings. &nbsp;He has experience with a broad scope of complex litigation disputes, including Oil &amp; Gas, Environmental, Energy, Antitrust, Tortious Interference, Deceptive Trade Practices, Unfair Competition, Qui Tam, Contract, Probate, Securities, and Fraud. &nbsp;Mr. Silvas also has experience with class action lawsuits and multi-district litigation. &nbsp;Currently, he is a member of the Firm's Halliburton Trial Team, working in connection with all civil litigation and investigations concerning BP's Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. &nbsp;His experience also includes drafting, negotiating, and revising Purchase &amp; Sale Agreements, Mineral Deeds, Mineral Leases, Royalty Conveyances, Releases and &nbsp;Indemnification Agreements.</p> <p>Mr. Silvas has been honored with 4-time selection to the list of Thomson Reuters' &quot;Texas Rising Stars&quot; as published in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers (Rising Stars Edition) magazine (2012-2015). &nbsp;</p> <p>Mr. Silvas graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2001 and a doctorate of jurisprudence from Harvard Law School in 2004. &nbsp;Following his graduation from law school, he clerked for United States District Judge Philip R. Martinez.&nbsp;</p> Biography
<div><span style="font-weight: bold;">Commercial Litigation</span></div> <ul> <li> <div>As lead attorney, prosecuting breach of contract claims related to the sale of goods in the oil &amp; gas industry.</div></li> <li> <div>As lead attorney, prosecuting breach of contract and fraud claims.</div></li> <li> <div>As co-lead attorney, defending auto dealership against negligence claims.</div></li> <li> <div>As lead attorney, prosecuted breach of contract claims and obtained favorable settlement for client.</div></li> <li> <div>As lead attorney, prosecuted breach of contract claims related to the provision of services in the oil &amp; gas industry and obtained a favorable settlement for client.</div></li> <li> <div>As lead attorney, defended against claims for Breach of Contract and Fraud relating to the Sale of Mineral Interests. &nbsp;</div></li> <li> <div>As lead associate and second chair in a six-day arbitration, prosecuted violations of the Texas Securities Act and breach of contract claims.</div></li> <li> <div>As lead associate, defended against civil fraud and breach of contract claims stemming from an alleged Ponzi Scheme.</div></li> <li> <div>As lead associate, defended against RICO claims in probate litigation related to $4.5 billion sale of Hunt Petroleum Corporation.</div></li> <li> <div>As lead associate, prosecuted breach of contract claims on behalf of a financial institution.</div></li> <li> <div>As lead associate and second chair on a four-day jury trial team, defended against deceptive trade practices and breach of contract claims.</div></li> <li> <div>As lead associate, defended against antitrust claims and assisted in all aspects of litigation, including trial preparation, expert reports, research, motion practice, and discovery management.</div></li> <li> <div>As lead associate on a six-day jury trial team, defended against breach of contract and tortious interference claims.</div></li></ul> <div><b><br /> </b></div> <div><span style="font-weight: bold;">Transactional</span></div> <div> <ul> <li>Drafted, negotiated, and revised Purchase &amp; Sale Agreements, Mineral Deeds, Mineral Leases, Royalty Conveyances, Releases and Indemnification Agreements.</li></ul></div><br /> Representative Experience
<ul> <li><span style="color: #000000">4-time selection to the&nbsp;list of Thomson&nbsp;Reuters' &quot;Texas Rising Stars&quot;&nbsp;as published in </span><i><span style="color: #000000">Texas Monthly</span></i><span style="color: #000000"> and&nbsp;</span><i><span style="color: #000000">Texas </span></i><i><span style="color: #000000;">Super</span></i><i><span style="color: #000000"> Lawyers (Rising Stars Edition)&nbsp;</span></i><span style="color: #000000">magazines</span><font color="#000000">, 2012</font>, <a href="http://www.godwinlewis.com/pdf/2013%20Rising%20Star%20Press%20Release.pdf" target="_blank">2013 </a>and <a href="http://www.godwinlewis.com/pdf/PR%20-%20Eleven%20Godwin%20Lewis%20PC%20Attorneys%20Selected%20to%202014%20Texas%20Rising%20Stars%20-Final.pdf" target="_blank">2014</a>, <a href="http://www.godwinlewis.com/pdf/PR%20-%20Rising%20Stars%20Press%20Release%202015%20-Final.pdf" target="_blank">2015</a></li> <li><span style="color: #000000;">Selected to the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers 2013 Leadership Program; served as the Marketing Co-Chair for the 2014 DAYL Charity Ball benefiting EPIC and Habitat for Humanity (which raised $50,000 and helped to build a home through the Carter Work Project)</span></li></ul> Honors And Awards
<ul> <li>State Courts of Texas, 2005 </li> <li>Northern District of Texas, 2006 </li> <li>Southern District of Texas, 2010 </li> <li>United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2011</li> <li>United States Supreme Court, 2013</li></ul> Admitted Practice
<ul> <li>State Bar of Texas</li> <li>Dallas Bar Association</li> <li>Dallas Association of Young Lawyers</li> <li>Dallas Hispanic Bar Association</li> <li>Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce</li></ul> Member
<ul> <li>Harvard Law School (J.D., June 2005)</li> <li>University of Texas at El Paso (B.A., summa cum laude, May 2001)</li></ul> Education

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Israel R. Silvas
Shareholder

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Commercial Litigation
Corporate & Transactional (General)
Energy / Oil and Gas Litigation

BIOGRAPHY

Israel R. Silvas is a Shareholder at Godwin Lewis PC.  He has counseled clients (both plaintiffs and defendants) in cases pending in Texas state courts, federal courts, and arbitration proceedings.  He has experience with a broad scope of complex litigation disputes, including Oil & Gas, Environmental, Energy, Antitrust, Tortious Interference, Deceptive Trade Practices, Unfair Competition, Qui Tam, Contract, Probate, Securities, and Fraud.  Mr. Silvas also has experience with class action lawsuits and multi-district litigation.  Currently, he is a member of the Firm's Halliburton Trial Team, working in connection with all civil litigation and investigations concerning BP's Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.  His experience also includes drafting, negotiating, and revising Purchase & Sale Agreements, Mineral Deeds, Mineral Leases, Royalty Conveyances, Releases and  Indemnification Agreements.

Mr. Silvas has been honored with 4-time selection to the list of Thomson Reuters' "Texas Rising Stars" as published in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers (Rising Stars Edition) magazine (2012-2015).  

Mr. Silvas graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2001 and a doctorate of jurisprudence from Harvard Law School in 2004.  Following his graduation from law school, he clerked for United States District Judge Philip R. Martinez. 


 


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