After three years active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, including service as Chief Trial Counsel, 1st Marine Division, Paul Underkofler enjoyed a solo practice in Dallas for 13 years and 37 years as a co-founding partner of Goins, Underkofler, Crawford & Langdon LLP, before joining four of his former partners in that firm in an of counsel relationship with Rosenberg | Paschall | Johnson LLP.

Paul's primary practice area is commercial construction. He represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers in all aspects of construction contract formations and controversies. Paul has lectured at construction seminars sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, University of Texas Law School, AGC, ASA, AIA Dallas, Engineering News-Record, and the chapters of various construction trade associations. He has also been selected as arbitrator for business valuation and construction controversies and as mediator of residential, commercial, and industrial construction disputes.

AV® Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory (signifying the highest level of professional excellence given by peers).

Primary Areas of Practice

Business Litigation
Construction & Surety
Mediation & Arbitration

Honors and Awards

Fellow American Bar Foundation
State Bar Foundation Life Fellow
Texas Super Lawyer, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
(Thomson Reuters)
Best Lawyers in America, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
(Woodward/White, Inc.)
Best Lawyers in Dallas (Construction), 2001 ("D" Magazine)
International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
(International Bar Association)
Chambers USA, listed 2004-2013
State Bar of Texas Recognition for 50 Years in Active Practice, 2012

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1961
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas


University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1961
L.L.B., Bachelor of Laws
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1958
A.B., Bachelor of Arts

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association
Construction Industry Forum
State Bar of Texas
Construction, Litigation, and Alternate Dispute Resolution Sections
Dallas Bar Association
Construction Section
Construction Section Chairman, 1989