Edward Goolsby

Associate

Edward Goolsby

Associate

Edward “Ward” Goolsby focuses on complex commercial litigation. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, Mr. Goolsby was editor-in-chief of the Houston Law Review. He served as a judicial intern to both the Hon. Jerry Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the Hon. Adele Hedges of the 14th Court of Appeals of Texas.

In just the last year, Mr. Goolsby participated in a trial and three evidentiary hearings in state and federal courts. In August 2020, as lead counsel, he secured a summary judgment ruling in favor of Turkey Leg Hut on all claims that had been brought against it.

He helped an energy industry client obtain a critical June 2020 injunction to stop a former employee from improperly using confidential client information to aid a competitor. At the injunction hearing, Mr. Goolsby cross-examined the president of the competing company. See more here.

Mr. Goolsby was lead counsel in a March 2020 proceeding before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit where he successfully opposed United Airlines’ mandamus designed to stop discovery in a race discrimination case. The case attracted media attention in California.

In January 2019, Mr. Goolsby argued before the Delaware Supreme Court on behalf of CITGO Petroleum Corporation in Sunline Commercial Carriers, Inc. v. CITGO Petroleum Corp.

In mid-2018 he successfully defended a family-owned insulation company against a negligence suit. He took three witnesses on direct examination, cross examined a fourth witness, and delivered a closing argument.

His trials also include a 2017 victory for an energy client suing an insurance company that refused to pay for an offshore rig’s hurricane damage. He played an instrumental role in the presentation of the evidence in a six-week trial that ended in a $41.6 million jury verdict that included $27.3 million in punitive damages and $10.9 million for bad faith. The case was one of the top 100 2017 verdicts in the nation according to the National Law Journal.

Mr. Goolsby, who graduated with highest honors from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, has won scholarships and awards for his writing and communications skills, including the Susman Godfrey L.L.P. Award for Outstanding Paper in the Area of General Litigation in 2013.

Before law school, he worked in television news, both as a reporter in Lansing, Michigan, and as a news producer in Houston. During college he won an Emmy Award for Best Student Newscast while serving as news director and anchor of the Northwestern News Report.

Edward “Ward” Goolsby focuses on complex commercial litigation. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, Mr. Goolsby was editor-in-chief of the Houston Law Review. He served as a judicial intern to both the Hon. Jerry Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the Hon. Adele Hedges of the 14th Court of Appeals of Texas.

In just the last year, Mr. Goolsby participated in a trial and three evidentiary hearings in state and federal courts. In August 2020, as lead counsel, he secured a summary judgment ruling in favor of Turkey Leg Hut on all claims that had been brought against it.

He helped an energy industry client obtain a critical June 2020 injunction to stop a former employee from improperly using confidential client information to aid a competitor. At the injunction hearing, Mr. Goolsby cross-examined the president of the competing company. See more here.

Mr. Goolsby was lead counsel in a March 2020 proceeding before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit where he successfully opposed United Airlines’ mandamus designed to stop discovery in a race discrimination case. The case attracted media attention in California.

In January 2019, Mr. Goolsby argued before the Delaware Supreme Court on behalf of CITGO Petroleum Corporation in Sunline Commercial Carriers, Inc. v. CITGO Petroleum Corp.

In mid-2018 he successfully defended a family-owned insulation company against a negligence suit. He took three witnesses on direct examination, cross examined a fourth witness, and delivered a closing argument.

His trials also include a 2017 victory for an energy client suing an insurance company that refused to pay for an offshore rig’s hurricane damage. He played an instrumental role in the presentation of the evidence in a six-week trial that ended in a $41.6 million jury verdict that included $27.3 million in punitive damages and $10.9 million for bad faith. The case was one of the top 100 2017 verdicts in the nation according to the National Law Journal.

Mr. Goolsby, who graduated with highest honors from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, has won scholarships and awards for his writing and communications skills, including the Susman Godfrey L.L.P. Award for Outstanding Paper in the Area of General Litigation in 2013.

Before law school, he worked in television news, both as a reporter in Lansing, Michigan, and as a news producer in Houston. During college he won an Emmy Award for Best Student Newscast while serving as news director and anchor of the Northwestern News Report.

EDUCATION

  • University of Houston Law Center, JD. summa cum laude
    • Ranked #5 of 253
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Barons
    • Editor in Chief – Houston Law Review Board 51
    • Writer for ABA Media Alerts Project for Fifth Circuit cases (Spring 2013)
    • Tutor for Prof. Craig Joyce’s Torts class (Fall 2012)
    • Mock Trial Team Member (Fall 2011 – Spring 2013)
    • American Law Institute CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award (Spring 2014)
    • Susman Godfrey L.L.P. Award for Outstanding Paper in the Area of General Litigation (Spring 2013)
    • LEX Certificate Awards – Highest Grade in Legal Research and Writing, Constitutional Law, Property, and Law Practice Strategies (2011 – 2012)
  • Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, B.S. summa cum laude in Journalism and Political Science
    • Josephine B. and Newton N. Minow Prize in Communications – Outstanding communication skills and an accomplished academic and campus career (Fall 2010)
    • William C. Fyffe Memorial Award – Best broadcast journalism student at Northwestern (Spring 2010)

BAR ADMISSIONS

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

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

  • University of Houston Law Center Dean’s Society, Member
  • University of Houston Law Center Law Gala Auction Committee, Member (2019, 2020)
  • Board of Directors of the Houston Law Review (April 2014 – October 2017)
  • Emmy Award – Anchor/News Director for the Best Student Newscast, as selected by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (Fall 2011)

PUBLICATIONS

  • Joseph Y. Ahmad and Edward B. Goolsby as Texas Section Editors in EMPLOYMENT AT WILL: A STATE BY STATE SURVEY (Am. Bar Assoc. Section of Labor and Emp’t Law et al. eds., 2d ed. 2017 & Supps. 2018, 2019, and forthcoming 2020)
  • Edward B. Goolsby, Ethics of Social Media (Presentation at Annual State Bar of Texas Meeting, June 21, 2018)
  • Joseph Y. Ahmad and Edward B. Goolsby as Texas Section Editors in EMPLOYMENT AT WILL: A STATE BY STATE SURVEY (Am. Bar Assoc. Section of Labor and Emp’t Law et al. eds., 2d ed. 2017 & Supp. 2018)
  • Why So Serious? Taking the Word “Seriously” More Seriously in Plain Error Review of Federal Sentencing Appeals, 51 Hous. L. Rev. 1449 (2014)

IN THE NEWS

EDUCATION
  • University of Houston Law Center, JD. summa cum laude
    • Ranked #5 of 253
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Barons
    • Editor in Chief – Houston Law Review Board 51
    • Writer for ABA Media Alerts Project for Fifth Circuit cases (Spring 2013)
    • Tutor for Prof. Craig Joyce’s Torts class (Fall 2012)
    • Mock Trial Team Member (Fall 2011 – Spring 2013)
    • American Law Institute CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award (Spring 2014)
    • Susman Godfrey L.L.P. Award for Outstanding Paper in the Area of General Litigation (Spring 2013)
    • LEX Certificate Awards – Highest Grade in Legal Research and Writing, Constitutional Law, Property, and Law Practice Strategies (2011 – 2012)
  • Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, B.S. summa cum laude in Journalism and Political Science
    • Josephine B. and Newton N. Minow Prize in Communications – Outstanding communication skills and an accomplished academic and campus career (Fall 2010)
    • William C. Fyffe Memorial Award – Best broadcast journalism student at Northwestern (Spring 2010)
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
  • University of Houston Law Center Dean’s Society, Member
  • University of Houston Law Center Law Gala Auction Committee, Member (2019, 2020)
  • Board of Directors of the Houston Law Review (April 2014 – October 2017)
  • Emmy Award – Anchor/News Director for the Best Student Newscast, as selected by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (Fall 2011)
PUBLICATIONS
  • Joseph Y. Ahmad and Edward B. Goolsby as Texas Section Editors in EMPLOYMENT AT WILL: A STATE BY STATE SURVEY (Am. Bar Assoc. Section of Labor and Emp’t Law et al. eds., 2d ed. 2017 & Supps. 2018, 2019, and forthcoming 2020)
  • Edward B. Goolsby, Ethics of Social Media (Presentation at Annual State Bar of Texas Meeting, June 21, 2018)
  • Joseph Y. Ahmad and Edward B. Goolsby as Texas Section Editors in EMPLOYMENT AT WILL: A STATE BY STATE SURVEY (Am. Bar Assoc. Section of Labor and Emp’t Law et al. eds., 2d ed. 2017 & Supp. 2018)
  • Why So Serious? Taking the Word “Seriously” More Seriously in Plain Error Review of Federal Sentencing Appeals, 51 Hous. L. Rev. 1449 (2014)

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