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Donald E. Godwin '73 has been selected as one of the top business defense attorneys in the DFW metroplex by the Dallas Business Journal. It is the second time in five years he has received the recognition.

Godwin serves as Chairman and CEO of Godwin Ronquillo, and is a nationally respected trial lawyer who represents clients in a broad range of complex litigation matters.

“Being regarded among the top business defenders in Dallas/Fort Worth is humbling, especially knowing that it was based on peer recommendations,” said Godwin. “To have earned the respect of your peers is the highest honor anyone can strive for.”

“The Defenders” honor is the latest accolade for Mr. Godwin, who also has earned recognition on every Texas Super Lawyers listing since 2003 and has been selected among the top 100 attorneys in Texas as well as Dallas/Fort Worth.

In 2003, Godwin won the SMU Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice. He also contributed to SMU Dedman School of Law’s dining area, the Godwin Gruber Lawyers’ Inn, in 2005. 

“Speaking as alumni, SMU and the SMU Dedman School of Law have contributed so much to our future and our community,” Godwin said.


Office Hours:

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Extended hours available by appointment.


(214) 768-3341


(214) 768-3340



Physical Address:

3315 University Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75205

Mailing Address:

SMU Dedman School of Law
Alumni Development
P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275-0116


Lynn Switzer Bozalis '90

Associate Dean for Development & Alumni Affairs

Abby N. Ruth ‘06

Director of Alumni Relations

Lynn Dempsey

Director of External Relations

Kristy Offenburger

Director of Communications & Marketing

Jessica Mannon

Assistant Director of Development

Rebekah Bell

Assistant Director of Special Events

Janet White

Advancement Associate

Brenda Aylesworth

Administrative Assistant