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Donald Godwin

Donald Godwin
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1201 Elm St., Ste. 1700
Dallas, TX 75270 | Get Directions
214-939-4400 (phone)
214-939-4803 (fax)

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Donald E. Godwin, Chairman and CEO of GODWIN PC, is considered one of the most respected and tenacious trial lawyers in the United States. Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Godwin has tried significant jury cases in courts throughout the United States. He translates complex matters of law and fact into easily understandable language for courts and juries. His 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.

Godwin has notably been the lead trial lawyer in connection with GODWIN PC's successful defense efforts for Halliburton, regarding all civil litigation and investigations concerning the BP Gulf well blowout (Deepwater Horizon). The significance of this unprecedented litigation – the largest environmental lawsuit in United States history - cannot be overstated, as claims are in the multi-billions of dollars. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of hundreds of thousands of claimants. These claimants have been represented by a Who’s Who of plaintiffs’ attorneys from throughout the United States. In addition, numerous governmental entities have conducted investigations into the Deepwater Horizon incident, including a special commission appointed by President Obama. Godwin demonstrated that he was more than up to the task. This was not the first major battle he has fought on Halliburton’s behalf. He was also lead counsel for Halliburton in its asbestos and silica litigation and negotiated the global settlement of Halliburton’s approximately 382,000 asbestos claims throughout the United States in the course of approximately one year.

Godwin has earned the reputation among corporate executives, their legal departments, and other highly visible individuals as a master negotiator when the risks are substantial, and the future and the successes of such clients are on the line. He is used to fighting to vindicate his clients, and the Deepwater Horizon litigation is one more of those winning battles. At the end of the day, success in major cases comes down to hard work, thinking outside of the box, plenty of preparation, and good old fashioned trial lawyer skills. And those are areas in which Donald Godwin shines.

Reflecting the excellence of his practice, Mr. Godwin has been recognized in the 2014 and 2015 Chambers USA Guides in the area of General Commercial Litigation and honored by selection on the list of The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward-White since 2012. Don has also been selected to the list of "Top 100 Lawyers in Texas" by Thomson Reuters 7 times and has recently been named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. 

8-time selection as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine (2003, 2005, 2009, 2011-2015)

Recognized in Chambers USA: "America's Leading Business Lawyers" –General Commercial Litigation, Texas (2014, 2015)

7-time selection to Thomson Reuters' "Top 100 Lawyers in Texas" as published in Texas Monthly &  Super Lawyers magazines (2003-2006, 2012, 2014, 2015)

Chosen to Lawdragon "500 Leading Lawyers in America" (2015)

13-time selection to Thomson Reuters' "Texas Super Lawyers" as published in Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers magazines (2003 – 2015)

Selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America®" (2012 – 2016)

AV rated "Preeminent" Martindale Hubbell

Designated as one of the “Top Five DFW Defenders", Dallas Business Journal (2006, 2010)

11-time selection to Thomson Reuters' "Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth" as published in Texas Monthly & Super Lawyers magazines (2003-2006, 2008, 2010-2015)

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 (2011-2015)

Selected to Texas Super Lawyers Advisory Board (2010-2013)

Received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice from SMU Dedman School of Law for 2003

Selected in the Dallas Business Journal's list of the "Top 10 Litigators/Trial Lawyers in the D/FW Metroplex" (2003)


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