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Godwin Bowman PC

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Chairman: Donald E Godwin
Managing Shareholder: Shawn M. McCaskill
Number of shareholders: 12
Number of lawyers: 25
Languages: English, Spanish, Russian

Firm Overview:
A foundation of preparedness, creativity and exceptional trial skills has earned Godwin Bowman PC a national reputation for handling complex, high-stakes litigation and gaining desired outcomes. Formed in 1980, the firm has compiled an impressive track record of successful representation of Fortune 500 and middle-market industry leaders in Mission Critical Litigation®. The dedicated Godwin Bowman trial and appellate team brings clients the skill, capacity and experience to rapidly respond to virtually any business problem throughout a wide range of industries. The firm’s diverse client base, ranging from global corporations to successful individuals, know that the attorneys of Godwin Bowman have the expertise, commitment and resolve to face each of their critical problems in the pursuit of achieving their legal goals.

Main Areas of Practice:
-Commercial Litigation
-Energy Litigation
-Environmental Litigation
-Banking & Financial Institution Litigation
-Appellate -Creditors’ Rights/Bankruptcy
-Trust/Probate Planning & Litigation
-Insurance Coverage Litigation

Commercial Litigation/Energy Litigation/ Environmental Litigation:
9 shareholders; 9 fee earners
Clients rely on Godwin Bowman when facing complex commercial and mass tort litigation involving energy and environmental concerns. The firm gained nationwide notice for its successful representation of Halliburton Energy Services in the company’s civil litigation involving the landmark Deepwater Horizon/Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico — the largest environmental case in US history. The multidistrict litigation included more than 100,000 lawsuits, with damage claims exceeding $40 billion. The group also handles matters involving breach of fiduciary duty, business torts, partnership disputes, fraud, commercial and residential construction, real estate, personal injury, property damage, trucking, toxic tort and product liability.
Key Clients: Hilltop Holdings LLC, PlainsCapital Bank, Hilltop Securities, Inc., Lon Smith Roofing Company, Hunt Consolidated, Ray L. Hunt, PrimeLending , Morgan Stanley, Texas Capital Bank
Contact: W. Ira Bowman
Tel: 214 939 4485
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Financial Institution Litigation:
7 shareholders; 4 fee earners
Godwin Bowman PC represents financial services sector clients in critical, complex disputes, with a consistent track record of success, notably including the recovery of $15 million for a client bank from its fidelity bond carrier; the recovery of $3.7 million in unlawfully obtained loans for a client bank; securing a judgment for a bank in a cross-collateralization and guarantor liability dispute; and obtaining a ruling which led to the successful settlement of a fraud action regarding multi-party net worth submissions.
Key Clients: PlainsCapital Bank, PrimeLending, Hilltop Holdings Inc., Hilltop Securities Inc., Texas Capital Bank
Contact: Donald E Godwin
Tel: 214 939 4412
Email: [email protected]

Trust/Probate Planning & Litigation:
4 shareholders, 3 fee earners
Disputes can often arise in probate administration and estate planning, particularly in matters involving large estates, multiple properties or bank accounts. Godwin Bowman attorneys protect critical client interests against claims of undue influence, contested beneficiaries and contested guardianship, among others. The firm offers experienced and nuanced representation in all matters pertaining to probate and estate planning, with special emphasis on matters involving beneficiary disputes, will and trust contests and probate and trust administration.
Key Clients: Hunt Consolidated, Ray L. Hunt, PlainsCapital Bank
Contact: Donald E Godwin
Tel: 214 939 4412
Email: [email protected]

4 shareholders, 2 fee earners
The Godwin Bowman PC appellate section is a complete legal team representing business clients at every critical step of the litigation and appeals process. The appellate team has represented clients in precedent-setting cases in state and federal courts related to environmental issues, breach of contract, workplace disputes, defamation, contract and business-to-business disputes.
Key Clients: Andrews Restoration Inc., Tecore Inc., EGW Utilities, Inc., Arlington Career Institute, Lon Smith Roofing
Contact: Shawn McCaskill
Tel: 214 939 8684
Email: [email protected]

Creditors’ Rights/Bankruptcy:
5 shareholders, 3 fee earners
The creditors’ rights and bankruptcy section of Godwin Bowman specializes in the representation and defense of secured creditors, such as national banks and automobile finance companies. On the cutting edge of legal positions and best practices, the firm is expert in its handling of Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 12 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, bringing an aggressive pursuit of all options to each matter.
Key Clients: Santander USA, Nissan, Quality Assurance
Contact: Sidney H Scheinberg
Tel: 214 939 4501
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Israel R Silvas
Tel: 214 939 4881
[email protected]

3 shareholders, 3 fee earners
For more than three decades, the Godwin Bowman PC employment section has represented employers throughout Texas and the United States. The firm’s breadth of experience includes defense of discrimination accusations, retaliation litigation, Department of Labor investigations and litigation, non-compete and trade secrets litigation, wage and hour dispute litigation and regulatory matters, along with a wide variety of similar issues. Godwin Bowman PC helps employers avoid damaging problems, and acts as an advocate for businesses facing allegations involving employment issues.
Contact: Todd Shadle
Tel: 214 939 4489
Email: [email protected]