<p>Israel R. Silvas 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, Antitrust, Tortious Interference, Deceptive Trade Practices, Unfair Competition, Qui Tam, Contract, Probate, Securities, and Fraud. &nbsp;Additionally, Mr. Silvas 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;</p> <p>Mr. Silvas was selected to the list of Thomson Reuters' &quot;Texas Rising Stars&quot; as published in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers (Rising Stars Edition) magazine in 2012, 2013, and 2014. &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. </p> Biography
<p><span style="font-weight: bold">Commercial Litigation</span></p> <ul> <li> <p>As lead associate and second chair in a six-day arbitration, prosecuted violations of the Texas Securities Act and breach of contract claims.</p></li></ul> <ul> <li>&nbsp;As lead associate, defended against civil fraud and breach of contract claims stemming from an alleged Ponzi Scheme.</li></ul> <ul> <li>&nbsp;As lead associate, defended against RICO claims in probate litigation related to $4.5 billion sale of Hunt Petroleum Corporation.</li></ul> <ul> <li>&nbsp;As lead associate, prosecuted breach of contract claims on behalf of a financial institution.</li></ul> <ul> <li>&nbsp;As lead associate and second chair on a four-day jury trial team, defended against deceptive trade practices and breach of contract claims.</li></ul> <ul> <li>&nbsp;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.</li></ul> <ul> <li>&nbsp;As lead associate on a six-day jury trial team, defended against breach of contract and tortious interference claims.</li></ul> Representative Experience
<ul> <li><span style="color: #000000">Selected 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 Super 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>.</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></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></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> <li>Dallas Association for Young Lawyers 2013 Leadership Program</li></ul> Education

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Israel R. Silvas
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AREAS OF PRACTICE

Commercial Litigation

BIOGRAPHY

Israel R. Silvas 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, Antitrust, Tortious Interference, Deceptive Trade Practices, Unfair Competition, Qui Tam, Contract, Probate, Securities, and Fraud.  Additionally, Mr. Silvas 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.  

Mr. Silvas was selected to the list of Thomson Reuters' "Texas Rising Stars" as published in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers (Rising Stars Edition) magazine in 2012, 2013, and 2014.  

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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