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Six Godwin Bowman & Martinez Attorneys Honored Among Best Lawyers in Dallas Apr 21, 2017

DALLAS – The Texas trial and appellate law firm, Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC, is pleased to announce that six of its Dallas attorneys have been selected to the 2017 list of D Magazine's Best Lawyers in Dallas. Named among this year's Dallas Best were ...

Godwin Bowman & Martinez Attorneys Named to 2017 Texas Rising Stars Mar 8, 2017

Five Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC attorneys were named to the 2017 list of Texas Rising Stars Left to Right: Israel Silvas, Stefanie McGregor, Ira Bowman, Laci Bowman, Alison Battiste DALLAS – Five attorneys from the noted Dallas trial and appellate ...

Donald E. Godwin Delivers University of Memphis Commencement Address and Receives Honorary Doctorate Dec 15, 2016

DALLAS – Donald E. Godwin, Chairman & CEO of Dallas-based law firm, Godwin Bowman & Martinez, recently delivered the Fall commencement address to the graduating class of the University of Memphis. The event, which took place at Memphis' FedEx Forum, ...

Godwin Bowman & Martinez Promotes Two to Shareholder, One to Senior Counsel Nov 4, 2016

DALLAS – The Dallas-based trial and appellate law firm Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC, is pleased to announce the promotion of Senior Attorneys Elisaveta “Leiza” Dolghih and Laci Bowman to Shareholders and Stefanie Major McGregor to Senior Counsel, ...

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Which Type of Alternative Dispute Resolution Is Best for You? Feb 22, 2017

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is the method people use to solve problems without litigation (or, going to court). Many people decide to skip a lengthy trial to save themselves both time and money. After all, for every trial appearance you ...

Child Custody

To Vary or not to Vary: Determining an Amount of Child Support Jan 15, 2014

Texas offers a formula for determining the typical amount of child support owed, which is generally referred to as “guideline support.” The Texas Family Code states that the guidelines are intended to guide the Court to determine an equitable amount ...

Flight Risk! Could Your Children be Relocated Against Your Wishes? Aug 15, 2013

Do you understand what’s in your divorce decree? In some circumstances, your child could be relocating to Alaska next week, and you would be powerless to stop it. Here’s how it might happen here in North Texas…. When a parent files a “Petition for ...

Commercial Litigation

Third Time's the Charm: Remedies Under the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act May 31, 2016

In this installment of our series detailing the key provisions of the FDTSA, we examine the remedies that the new federal statute gives to Texas businesses whose trade secrets are misappropriated. Damages Under the FDTSA, a trade secret owner may be ...

Third Time's the Charm: How the Seizure Provision of the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Will Operate May 17, 2016

For the past four weeks we have discussed the FDTSA as it moved through Congress. On May 11, 2016, President Obama finally signed the FDTSA into law. One of its most talked about features is the ex parte civil seizure provision, which is ...

Third Time's the Charm: How the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Will Benefit Texas Companies May 11, 2016

We have previously written about the FDTSA, describing its outline , citing its differences from Texas law and, detailing its Whistleblower protections . Now that the Act is just a Presidential signature away from becoming law, we will look at how ...

Electronic Discovery, Including Social Media, Preservation and Sanctions May 10, 2016

Our team at Godwin Bowman & Martinez wants to make sure our clients are aware of their rights and options. Learn more about electronic discovery, including social media, preservation, and sanctions. View our slideshow below:

Community Involvement

Godwin Bowman & Martinez - Honored to Support the Dallas Cattle Baron's Ball and the American Cancer Society Apr 12, 2017

Godwin Bowman & Martinez is proud and honored to be a continuing sponsor of the Dallas Cattle Baron's Ball in its support of the American Cancer Society and its fight against cancer. Since 1974, the Cattle Baron's Ball has raised nearly $70 million ...

Godwin Bowman & Martinez - A Continuing Sponsor of the Crystal Charity Ball and Crystal Charity Fashion Show & Luncheon Apr 10, 2017

Godwin Bowman & Martinez is honored to be a continuing participant and sponsor of The Crystal Charity events in Dallas, Texas, including the Crystal Charity Ball and the Crystal Charity Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon. The Crystal Charity Ball, which ...

Godwin Bowman & Martinez - Supporting the Dallas Bar Association Feb 10, 2017

Godwin Bowman & Martinez is proud to support the Dallas Bar Association, and its continuing programs of legal education and service to the community. In 2017, the firm extends its support and congratulations to Rob Crain in his new role as the ...

Donald E. Godwin Delivers University of Memphis Commencement Address and Receives Honorary Doctorate Dec 15, 2016

DALLAS – Donald E. Godwin, Chairman & CEO of Dallas-based law firm, Godwin Bowman & Martinez, recently delivered the Fall commencement address to the graduating class of the University of Memphis. The event, which took place at Memphis' FedEx Forum, ...

Divorce

FAQ: How Long Will It Take to Get Through My Divorce? Aug 31, 2015

Often, when I meet with a new client for the first time, the initial question I am asked is, “How long will my divorce take?” While I would like to provide a definite answer, the response that I normally have to give is that, “It depends”. This ...

Valuing Real Estate May 7, 2014

In divorce, the Court must determine a just and right division of the marital estate, including any real estate owned by the parties. To do this, the real property owned by the parties should be given a value. If the parties try their case to a jury, ...

Building Something New and Hopefully Better: The Collaborative Approach Jul 22, 2013

In my experience, it is a rare marriage that ends in divorce because of one person’s doing. Marriage takes a lot of work from two people fully committed to the relationship. The choice to get divorced is a huge decision that should be made after ...

Employment Law

Attorney Dolghih Discusses Employment Law with North Texas Legal News Feb 28, 2017

In a recent post for North Texas Legal News, Attorney Leiza Dolghih of Godwin Bowman & Martinez discussed the many different employment-law related bills that currently sit on the plate of representatives in the 85 th general session of the Texas ...

Maximize the Effectiveness of Non-Disclosure Agreements Feb 17, 2017

Companies often require employees to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), but they frequently fail to ensure that employees understand precisely what they are signing and the consequences that may unfold following a breach of this agreement. Leiza ...

Third Time's the Charm: Key Differences Between the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act and Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Apr 26, 2016

In last week's installment of "Third Time's the Charm," we examined the new Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act ("FDTSA") that's making its way through Congress right now and how it may affect businesses in 2016. This week, the Series looks at the major ...

Third Time's the Charm: What Every Business Should Know about the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Apr 21, 2016

Hailed as a "safeguard for American ingenuity and businesses," after three failed attempts, 2016 may be the year that the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) becomes a law. This landmark legislation, which is likely to pass with robust bipartisan ...

Family Law News

Fox 4: Family Law Attorney Laci Bowman Comments on Leiliana Wright child abuse case Feb 16, 2017

Godwin Bowman & Martinez Family Law Attorney, Laci Bowman, comments on the Fox 4 story regarding Leiliana Wright, one of dozens of children who died in Texas in 2016 as a result of abuse or neglect, despite being on Child Protect Services' radar. ...

Elisaveta "Leiza" Dolghih to speak at Family Law Section Annual Meeting Jan 20, 2017

Elisaveta “Leiza” Dolghih, Shareholder at Godwin Bowman & Martinez, will speak at the Texas Bar Association Family Law Section Annual Meeting on June 22, 2017 on the topic of "Competitive Advantage: Using Corporate & IP Counsels to Creatively ...

It's Not Just for Trick or Treat...Who Gets the Kids on Holidays? Mar 11, 2016

The standard holiday possession schedule in the Texas Family Code does not address Halloween or several other non-major events as holidays. This means parents are stuck with the default possession schedule you have in place for normal weekend/weekday ...

Possession in Texas: Children Under 3 - A Different Animal Mar 11, 2016

The Texas Family Code sets forth a “Standard Possession Order” detailing custody procedures of children whose parents are going through (or have gone through) divorce. It is presumed that the standard possession order provides “reasonable minimum ...

Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Importance of Trade Secrets Protection in the Strong Economy Jan 16, 2017

Attorney Elisaveta "Leiza" Dolghih, shareholder with Godwin Bowman & Martinez, recently released an article detailing the growing importance of trade secrets protection when the economy is strong. The discussion comes from the close of 2016 and a ...

Leiza Dolghih Details the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Sep 28, 2016

The Dallas Bar Association publication "Headnotes" featured an article written by Godwin Bowman & Martinez’s Leiza Dolghih detailing the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, calling it a new avenue for enforcement regarding trade secrets. The article ...

Texas Young Lawyers Association Features Michael Holmes Aug 31, 2016

Discussing the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, Michael A. Holmes, an associate attorney at Godwin Bowman & Martinez, was featured on the Texas Young Lawyers Association website. The article detailed the DTSA, the benefits of the act, and two of the ...

Third Time's the Charm: Remedies Under the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act May 31, 2016

In this installment of our series detailing the key provisions of the FDTSA, we examine the remedies that the new federal statute gives to Texas businesses whose trade secrets are misappropriated. Damages Under the FDTSA, a trade secret owner may be ...

Financial Law

Bankruptcy Shareholder comments on Bankruptcy Crisis Mar 10, 2016

Godwin Bowman & Martinez Bankruptcy Shareholder Sid Scheinberg was recently quoted in the Dallas Morning News and in Texas Lawbook. The article, "Texas Business Bankruptcies may Double: 'The Carnage is Going to be Terrible" projects that a tidal wave ...

Godwin Bowman & Martinez Attorney Sid Scheinberg Comments on Sam Wyly Bankruptcy Trial Jan 5, 2016

Godwin Bowman & Martinez Attorney Sid Scheinberg Comments on Sam Wyly Bankruptcy Trial. Read the full story here

Houston Chronicle: Godwin Bowman & Martinez Shareholder Sid Scheinberg Quoted on U.S. Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decision Jun 15, 2015

Shareholder Sid Scheinberg of Godwin Bowman & Martinez was quoted on the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding bankruptcy lawyer fees in cases where the representation and their former client must go to court. You can read the full story here.

Honors and Awards

Six Godwin Bowman & Martinez Attorneys Honored Among Best Lawyers in Dallas Apr 21, 2017

DALLAS – The Texas trial and appellate law firm, Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC, is pleased to announce that six of its Dallas attorneys have been selected to the 2017 list of D Magazine's Best Lawyers in Dallas. Named among this year's Dallas Best were ...

Godwin Bowman & Martinez Attorneys Named to 2017 Texas Rising Stars Mar 8, 2017

Five Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC attorneys were named to the 2017 list of Texas Rising Stars Left to Right: Israel Silvas, Stefanie McGregor, Ira Bowman, Laci Bowman, Alison Battiste DALLAS – Five attorneys from the noted Dallas trial and appellate ...

Don Godwin Recognized As 2016 Outstanding Alumnus and Chosen to Hall of Fame by University of Memphis Nov 22, 2016

We are proud to announce that Godwin Bowman & Martinez Chairman & CEO, Donald E. Godwin , has been selected as the 2016 Outstanding Alumnus by the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at the University of Memphis and is the latest inductee in the ...

Five Lawyers from Godwin Bowman & Martinez Honored with Inclusion on Super Lawyers® List Sep 21, 2016

We are proud to announce that five of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the 2016 list of Super Lawyers® . The list includes the top 5% of lawyers in the state and recognizes attorneys based on their legal ability, success, experience, ...

In the News

Six Godwin Bowman & Martinez Attorneys Honored Among Best Lawyers in Dallas Apr 21, 2017

DALLAS – The Texas trial and appellate law firm, Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC, is pleased to announce that six of its Dallas attorneys have been selected to the 2017 list of D Magazine's Best Lawyers in Dallas. Named among this year's Dallas Best were ...

Attorney Dolghih Discusses Employment Law with North Texas Legal News Feb 28, 2017

In a recent post for North Texas Legal News, Attorney Leiza Dolghih of Godwin Bowman & Martinez discussed the many different employment-law related bills that currently sit on the plate of representatives in the 85 th general session of the Texas ...

Fox 4: Family Law Attorney Laci Bowman Comments on Leiliana Wright child abuse case Feb 16, 2017

Godwin Bowman & Martinez Family Law Attorney, Laci Bowman, comments on the Fox 4 story regarding Leiliana Wright, one of dozens of children who died in Texas in 2016 as a result of abuse or neglect, despite being on Child Protect Services' radar. ...

D CEO Magazine: Don Godwin Comments on Chicago Firm's Entry to Dallas Market Feb 7, 2017

Godwin Bowman & Martinez's Chairman & CEO, Donald E. Godwin was quoted by D CEO Magazine, stating that Dallas is a logical destination with huge potential growth for firms like Winston & Strawn, who have entered the Dallas market. Read more here.

Presentations

Elisaveta "Leiza" Dolghih and Jonathan A. Aldaco Speak at Upcoming Seminar in Arlington Nov 8, 2016

Elisaveta “Leiza” Dolghih, Shareholder at Godwin Bowman & Martinez, and Jonathan A. Aldaco, Associate at Godwin Bowman & Martinez, will both speak at a seminar on Legal Issues in Social Media in Arlington, Texas on Friday, January 20, 2017. Ms. ...

Electronic Discovery, Including Social Media, Preservation and Sanctions May 10, 2016

Our team at Godwin Bowman & Martinez wants to make sure our clients are aware of their rights and options. Learn more about electronic discovery, including social media, preservation, and sanctions. View our slideshow below:

Trade Secrets Misappropriation

The Importance of Trade Secrets Protection in the Strong Economy Jan 16, 2017

Attorney Elisaveta "Leiza" Dolghih, shareholder with Godwin Bowman & Martinez, recently released an article detailing the growing importance of trade secrets protection when the economy is strong. The discussion comes from the close of 2016 and a ...

Third Time's the Charm: Remedies Under the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act May 31, 2016

In this installment of our series detailing the key provisions of the FDTSA, we examine the remedies that the new federal statute gives to Texas businesses whose trade secrets are misappropriated. Damages Under the FDTSA, a trade secret owner may be ...

Third Time's the Charm: How the Seizure Provision of the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Will Operate May 17, 2016

For the past four weeks we have discussed the FDTSA as it moved through Congress. On May 11, 2016, President Obama finally signed the FDTSA into law. One of its most talked about features is the ex parte civil seizure provision, which is ...

Third Time's the Charm: How the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Will Benefit Texas Companies May 11, 2016

We have previously written about the FDTSA, describing its outline , citing its differences from Texas law and, detailing its Whistleblower protections . Now that the Act is just a Presidential signature away from becoming law, we will look at how ...

Unfair Competition

Trump Administration’s Impact on Non-Competes Movement Dec 13, 2016

Elisaveta “Leiza” Dolghih, a Shareholder at Godwin Bowman & Martinez, recently detailed the impact of the Trump administration on the non-competes movement on her blog. She encourages employers to keep an eye on what Trump will do in 2017 and moving ...

Third Time's the Charm: Remedies Under the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act May 31, 2016

In this installment of our series detailing the key provisions of the FDTSA, we examine the remedies that the new federal statute gives to Texas businesses whose trade secrets are misappropriated. Damages Under the FDTSA, a trade secret owner may be ...

Third Time's the Charm: How the Seizure Provision of the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Will Operate May 17, 2016

For the past four weeks we have discussed the FDTSA as it moved through Congress. On May 11, 2016, President Obama finally signed the FDTSA into law. One of its most talked about features is the ex parte civil seizure provision, which is ...

Third Time's the Charm: How the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Will Benefit Texas Companies May 11, 2016

We have previously written about the FDTSA, describing its outline , citing its differences from Texas law and, detailing its Whistleblower protections . Now that the Act is just a Presidential signature away from becoming law, we will look at how ...