Don Godwin Dallas Attorney Discusses Significant Challenges in Handling Divorce Cases

Dallas, TX, September 08, 2012 --( Godwin Ronquillo PC, the noted Texas trial and appellate law firm, with offices in Dallas, Houston and Plano, is engaging its attorneys in an ongoing series of internal forums to explore the trends and outcomes of divorce cases and how to best serve the needs of the clients.

Don Godwin, Chairman and CEO of Godwin Ronquillo, explains, “There is nothing easy about divorce. The emotions, the discovery, the financial cost and the ultimate custody of the children all add up to a significant collective challenge.

“In light of these forces, which may all seem to strike the client at once, the attorney’s main challenge may be to be flexible enough to grasp the situation and create a path to resolution that will effectively keep the process moving forward. Litigation and Collaborative Law techniques are all designed to reach a final decision. Litigation is considered by many as the ultimate legal method for settling divorces. Spouses generally litigate their divorce when other means of resolution have failed to produce an acceptable resolution. So, it might be said that litigation is the path of most resistance, although it might well be the only viable option for the parties to resolve their differences and be divorced."

Godwin adds, “Divorce cases, when managed by a skillful and experienced litigator, can change trajectory and in appropriate situations lead away from the courtroom and into the less confrontational use of the Collaborative Law process to arrive at an ultimate resolution. This, however, depends upon both sides to the divorce action being willing to proceed in this manner. It’s not about where you start the divorce process, it’s about where you finish.”

Don Godwin is considered one of the most respected and tenacious trial lawyers in the United States. For nearly 40 years, Don has tried significant jury cases in courts throughout Texas and across the nation. He has the ability to translate complex matters of law and fact into easily understandable language for courts and juries. Don's 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. He is the Lead Trial Lawyer for Halliburton in connection with all civil litigation and investigations concerning BP's Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

Additionally, Don was the lead counsel for Halliburton in its landmark asbestos and silica litigation, negotiating the global settlement of Halliburton's approximately 382,000 asbestos claims throughout the United States. In addition to being recognized as a leading trial lawyer in the United States, Don has also earned the reputation among corporate executives, their legal departments, and other highly visible individuals as a master negotiator when risks are substantial and the future and successes of such clients are on the line.

Don is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He received a J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1973, an M.S. in Accounting from Memphis State University in 1970 and a B.S. from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington in 1969. Reflecting the standard of long-term excellence established in his legal practice, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 and 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Founded in 1980, Godwin Ronquillo PC is a mid-sized, Texas-based trial and appellate firmwith a national practice. With offices in Dallas, Houston and Plano, Godwin Ronquillo represents Fortune 500 and middle-market industry leaders in Mission Critical Litigation® throughout the United States. To learn more, visit the Firm’s website at
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