Carl 'Bo' Dawson

Partner - Ryan & Dawson

City Attorney - City of Weimar, Texas


Carl R. 'Bo' Dawson is a native Houstonian and son of the Republic of Texas.  He graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in 1988, and a J.D. in 1991, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1991.  Mr. Dawson's professional memberships include the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, and the Texas City Attorneys Associaion.  He has been elected by his peers to be a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and the Houston Bar Foundation.  Mr. Dawson has been selected as a Super Lawyer in 2017, an honor reserved for the top 5% of practicing attorneys in the State.  The selection process is described here.


Mr. Dawson is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Texas, as well the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  From 1996 through 2016, while his practice still included a significant portion of personal injury cases, he was Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.

REAL TRIAL EXPERIENCE COUNTS

Since licensure, Mr. Dawson has been lead counsel in over a thousand lawsuits filed in counties across Texas.  He has participated, as first chair counsel, in dozens of jury trials through verdict, and has successfully represented clients in state and federal appeals.  Included in Mr. Dawson's litigation experience are the following areas: professional liability, general commercial litigation, commercial and residential construction liability, products liability, personal injury and marital and estate disputes.

More disputes are being resolved outside the court system, in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association or private arbitration proceedings. Mr. Dawson has successfully represented his clients in arbitrations of disputes involving construction defects, breaches of contract, and employment law. 

In addition to his courtroom experience, Mr. Dawson regularly advises business clients on all matters, including transactions, business formation and corporate governance. 


email: cdawson@rdlaw.com 

Bo serves on numerous boards and committees in the Houston area, including chairing the Legal Advisory Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  He and his wife, Kathleen, enjoy spending time backpacking in our National Parks, and in Weimar at their family farm, with family and friends, where Kat is the resident beekeeper.     
 
Bo recently took up up triathlons, has been a regular top-10 finisher, and has been invited to participate in the USAT Age Group National Championships. His most recent accomplishments are the Kemah Olympic Triathlon and Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in San Francisco. You can see him here.


Appellate opinions:


  • Olive v Clay Dev. & Const., United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (Dec. 11, 2014)
  • Moon Sun Kang v. Derrick, Court of Appeals of Texas, Houston (14th Dist.) May 15, 2014 Not Reported in S.W.3d
  • D.R. Horton-Texas, Ltd. v Bernhard, Court of Appeals of Texas, Houston (14th Dist.), February 20, 2014, 423 S.W.3d 532
  • Lindsey v. JPMorgan Chase Bank Nat. Ass'n, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (June 13, 2013 Slip Copy)
  • Blanco River, L.L.C. v. Green, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, (January 06, 2012 Slip Copy)
  • MCRB I, Ltd. v. Southwest Rail Industries, Inc., Court of Appeals of Texas, Houston (14th Dist.). September 13, 2011 Not Reported in S.W.3d
  • Gracepoint Builders, LP v. Blackman, Court of Appeals of Texas, Beaumont. August 31, 2011 Not Reported in S.W.3d
  • CLW 4 & 5, Inc. v. Gracepoint Builders, LP, Court of Appeals of Texas, Corpus Christi–Edinburg. May 12, 2011 Not Reported in S.W.3d
  • Molinet v. Kimbrell, Supreme Court of Texas. January 21, 2011 --- S.W.3d ----
  • Cole v. Sandel Medical Industries, L.L.C., United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. January 12, 2011 413 Fed.Appx. 683
  • Maldonado v. D.R. Horton, Inc., Court of Appeals of Texas, Beaumont. April 08, 2010 Not Reported in S.W.3d
  • Kimbrell v. Molinet, Court of Appeals of Texas, San Antonio. December 31, 2008 288 S.W.3d 464
  • Choice Auto Brokers, Inc. v. Dawson, Court of Appeals of Texas, Houston (1st Dist.). September 25, 2008 274 S.W.3d 172
  • In re Kelco Sales & Engineering Co., Court of Appeals of Texas, Corpus Christi-Edinburg. August 31, 2005 Not Reported in S.W.3d
  • In re Vulcan Materials Co., Court of Appeals of Texas, Corpus Christi-Edinburg. August 24, 2005 Not Reported in S.W.3d
  • In re J. Ray McDermott, Inc., Court of Appeals of Texas, Corpus Christi-Edinburg. June 23, 2005 Not Reported in S.W.3d
  • In re U.S. Silica Co., Supreme Court of Texas. February 11, 2005 157 S.W.3d
  • Women’s Regional Healthcare, P.A. v. FemPartners of North Texas, Inc., Court of Appeals of Texas, Houston (1st Dist.). February 10, 2005 175 S.W.3d
  • In re Amfels, Inc., Court of Appeals of Texas, Corpus Christi–Edinburg. March 16, 2004 129 S.W.3d 810
  • Tuley v. De Ruiz, Court of Appeals of Texas, Houston (14th Dist.). February 24, 2004 Not Reported in S.W.3d
  • Pfeiffer v. Jacobs, Court of Appeals of Texas, Houston (14th Dist.). August 10, 2000 29 S.W.3d 193