Beverly B. Godbey - Gardere

Beverly B. Godbey

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2015

Beverly Godbey is a highly regarded trial lawyer, who represents entities in a variety of industries throughout the U.S. She handles commercial litigation, personal injury, products liability, deceptive trade practices, insurance coverage, insurance recovery, ERISA and non-subscriber cases for both carriers and corporate clients. Beverly has tried nearly 50 cases, many involving complex insurance litigation matters, such as defense of insureds, prosecution and defense of bad faith claims, and prosecution and defense of declaratory judgments.

Beverly also performs insurance coverage reviews, comparisons and negotiations, and she is frequently requested to provide coverage analyses for small and large businesses and individual clients. In addition, she has effectively upheld ERISA plans in the trial and appellate courts.

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions
  • Texas State Courts (1982)
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • Georgia State Courts (1984)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits
  • Experience
  • Recovery of policy aggregate limit for two different employee theft claims in the same policy year
  • Negotiation of insurance terms in construction contracts, leases and other commercial contracts
  • Defense verdict in two-week products liability trial in state district court
  • Reimbursement of defense costs in numerous cases in which the insurer initially denied any duty to defend
  • Settlement of property damage claim with homeowner's insurer
  • Negotiation of enhanced coverage for publicly traded clients in directors and officers, employment practices liability, fiduciary liability, crime and commercial general liability policies
  • Summary judgment in federal court on duty to defend and violations of the Texas Insurance Code
  • Expert witness on coverage and bad faith issues for insurer client
  • Recently added to panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association
  • Southern Methodist UniversityBA 1979 Tulane University Law School J.D. 1982
    American Law InstituteTexas Bar FoundationDallas Bar Foundation Dallas Association of Young Lawyers FoundationTexas Center for Legal Ethics Board of Trustees

    Office Location

    2021 McKinney Avenue, Suite 1600
    Dallas, TX 75201
    United States

    Practice Areas

    Commercial Litigation
    Insurance Law