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Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Donald E. Godwin ’69

Friday, March 29, 2019

UNC Wilmington is excited to welcome Donald Godwin ’69, chairman and CEO of the Executive Committee of Godwin Bowman PC, as part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Godwin’s keynote address, “Making the Impossible, Possible is Up to You,” will begin at 4 p.m. on April 4 in Lumina Theater, Fisher Student Center.

Godwin, a Wilmington native, left Wilmington in 1969 to pursue a master’s in accounting from the University of Memphis and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.

Over the years, Godwin has built a reputation of being one of the most respected and tenacious trial lawyers in Texas. He has been consistently included on the lists “Texas Super Lawyers,” “Top 100 Super Lawyers in Texas” and “Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth.” He has also been honored by selection on the list of The Best Lawyers in America since 2012 in the area of commercial litigation.

Godwin’s practice covers an extensive range of areas with an emphasis on complex litigation, including oil and gas, environment, fiduciary duties, will contests, major family law disputes and business torts. Notably, Godwin was the lead trial lawyer in the largest environmental lawsuit in the history of the United States, defending Halliburton in connection with all civil litigation and investigations concerning BP’s Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

Godwin last delivered a keynote address at UNCW during the 2017 Cameron School of Business commencement ceremony. He was recognized at Homecoming in February 2019 as the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

The Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series brings executives, government officials, academic professionals and nationally recognized speakers to UNCW to speak on topics related to the priorities outlined in UNCW’s Strategic Plan. The program provides students with role models and informative lectures on topics related to values, hard work and leadership skills. 

The lectures are open to students, faculty, staff and the public, but registration is requested.

-- Mary Ann Fearing ’19

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