Heather L. Winkles

Heather L. Winkles

Associate

  • Bankruptcy Disputes
  • Civil Litigation
  • Banking and Financial Institution Litigation
  • Business & Commercial Litigation

Heather L. Winkles is an Associate attorney at Godwin Bowman & Martinez representing creditors across the state of Texas with a results-oriented focus.

Heather's representation in the area of bankruptcy and creditor rights includes protecting lienholders in title issues, often involving the resolution of duplicate titles obtained by fraud and the restoration of omitted liens on title; settling priority disputes between creditors; the prevention of forfeiture of collateral brought by federal, state and local government agencies; the recovery of impounded vehicles by challenging mechanic and storage liens; and asserting lienholders' rights in inclusion as a loss payee on insurance claim checks. Her representation commences in negotiations and continues in state courts across Texas.

Her practice also includes defense against alleged consumer rights violations of the Fair Credit Report Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Texas Debt Collection Act and the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Additionally, she represents priority creditors of domestic support obligations in bankruptcy court.

Heather earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government at The University of Texas at Austin and her Doctor of Jurisprudence at South Texas College of Law. Additionally, she holds a Forty-Hour Basic Mediation Certificate from the Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution, including an Advanced Family Law Mediation Certificate, and a Business Foundations Program Certificate from the Red McCombs School of Business.

While in law school, Heather was a Member of the CURRENTS: International Trade Law Journal. She secured a spot on the Dean’s Honor List, was a finalist in mock trial competitions and was awarded the CALI Award for Excellence, ranking highest in her class in the area of legal ethics.

Heather was honored to serve as a Judicial Intern for the 311th District Court in Harris County, Texas.

The most beloved moment of her law school career came as a participant in a study abroad program in Galway, Ireland, where she took direct instruction from United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. As a law student of Justice Scalia, she learned to unveil the frequent legal arguments that the late Justice said, “will come before the Court clad, so to speak, in sheep's clothing” and to vehemently cry out when the, “wolf comes as a wolf."

For two years prior to matriculating into law school, Heather was a legal assistant in the area of bankruptcy and creditors' rights. She has been passionate about creditor representation since 2010.

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  • Admitted Practice

    Admitted Practice

    • Texas State Courts, 2016
  • Member

    Member

    • Dallas Bar Association
    • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
    • State Bar of Texas
  • Education

    Education

    • South Texas College of Law
      J.D., 2015
    • The University of Texas at Austin
      B.A., 2010
  • Community

    Community

    • Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce