Daniel Lockwood

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Daniel Lockwood focuses on construction contracts and defects, surety bonds, creditor rights, enforcing indemnitor obligations, and appellate advocacy. Before practicing construction and commercial litigation, he served as a staff attorney for the Texas Appellate Courts, where he helped resolve a wide variety of complex legal issues.



  • Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., and Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Certificate, 2012).
  • The University of Texas at Austin (B.A., History, 2009).


Staff Attorney at Texas Court of Appeals

  • Drafted opinions, court orders, and dispositions of original proceedings;
  • Assisted in resolving a broad array of issues stemming from pleas to the jurisdiction, special appearances, rule 11 agreements, discovery orders, summary judgments, voir dire, directed verdicts, jury charges, pre- and post-trial motions, expert testimony, adverse rulings, evidentiary challenges, and damages;
  • Reviewed briefs, records, and oral arguments and researched case law and statutes;
  • Edited court opinions for substance, usage, and style.

Judicial Intern at Texas Court of Appeals

  • Helped write opinions covering diverse civil and criminal issues;
  • Briefed judicial panel in preparation for oral argument;
  • Composed memoranda analyzing complex areas of the law and statutory interpretation;
  • Analyzed briefs, evaluated appeals, conducted legal research, and recommended holdings.


  • State Courts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas


  • State Bar of Texas
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Supreme Court Historical Society


  • Co-authored section II of What’s Appealing About the New Dismissal and Expedited Trial Rules for the 23rd Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals (June 2013)
  • Updated Default Judgments in Texas for Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course (2014)