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Daniel D. Bawden, CGR GMB CAPS CGP JD
Residential Construction Expert



  • Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology, Baylor University, 1978
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence (Law Degree) from Baylor University School of Law, 1980
  • Licensed to practice law in Texas in March, 1981; still licensed
  • Advanced Certifications in Construction (see below)
  • Top Instructor for the National Association of Homebuilders
  • Trained Residential Construction Mediator and Arbitrator (through CDRS.com)

Company Credentials

  • President & CEO of Legal Eagle Contractors, Co., an award-winning design build residential construction company
  • Forty-plus years of experience in construction, and 20 in expert witness work
  • Knowledge in both new construction and remodeling, residential and light commercial.
  • Familiar with Industry Performance Standards and Standards of Care, for mid-range, high end, and high-rise residential remodeling
  • Cost of repair and cost of completion analysis
  • Project Management analysis.

Professional Credentials

  • Served as the 2017 National Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodeling Division (“NAHB Remodelers”); active as 2019 Chairman of the Leadership Development Committee
  • Only residential builder sitting on the Board of Directors for the Greater Houston Better Business Bureau (14th consecutive year)
  • Co-authored the “Residential Construction Performance Guidelines for Professional Builders and Remodelers” (a widely used NAHB publication); currently on the committee updating that publication.
  • Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), since 1995
  • Graduate Master Builder (GMB) since 1996
  • Certified Green Building Professional since 1998
  • Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), since 2002 (Inaugural class of graduates).
  • Member in good standing, State Bar of Texas (since 1981)
  • Member in good standing Houston Bar Association
  • Past Faculty Member, Houston Bar Association for Continuing Legal Education
  • CDRS (Construction Dispute Resolution Services) Certified Construction Arbitrator and Mediator


Professional Construction Affiliations:

  • Member Forensic Expert Witness Association
  • Member SEAK Expert Witness Directory
  • Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA)
    • Past President of GHBA, responsible for construction industry in Harris County and seven surrounding counties, 1999-2000
    • GHBA Board of Directors 1994-2001
    • President of the GHBA Remodelers Council, twice
    • Active in, and frequent speaker at, the GHBA Remodelers Council and Custom Builder Council events through 2020
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
    • Achieved Lifetime NAHB Director status
    • Current Member, Board of Directors
    • Past National Chairman, Board of Governors for the Certified Aging in Place Specialists (NAHB - AARP) Program
    • Current paid writer and content provider, writing and updating NAHB builder courses
  • NAHB Remodelers Council
    • NAHB Board of Directors (since 1995)
    • National Association of Home Builders Remodelers Council Board of Trustees (Since 1996-2019)
  • Texas Association of Builders (TAB)
    • Past Director, TAB for 6 years
    • Past Member TAB Remodelers Council, Board of Directors
    • Past President of TAB State Remodelers Council
    • Won Texas Remodeler of the Year twice, by vote of fellow TAB members


Recent Awards and Honors:

  • 2021 Master Design Awards from Qualified Remodeler Magazine, for Universal Design and Specialty Project
  • February 2020, voted by NAHB peers into the NAHB Remodeling Hall of Fame, for making a lasting impact on the construction industry on a nation-wide scale
  • September 2020 Earned Designation as a Graduate master Remodeler, the highest-level certification offered by the National Association of Home Builders
  • September 2020 Winner of the Greater Houston BBB’s “Award of Distinction”
  • August 2020 Won Silver Award in the Master Design Awards competition, Universal Design project
  • July, 2020 Won Better Business Bureau “Award of Excellence” for the 9th time
  • February 2019, Won: Best Design-Builder in Bellaire - 13th Consecutive Year

Publications ~ Articles published by, about, or quoting Mr. Bawden, have appeared in the following:

  • The Houston Chronicle, as recently as Sunday, April 15th 2023 and many times before that
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Money Magazine
  • Forbes Magazine
  • Kiplinger Letter
  • Professional Remodeler Magazine (most recent article I wrote was published February 2019)
  • HGTV
  • Smart Money Magazine
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • HousingZone.com
  • Remodeling Magazine
  • Wall Street Journal online
  • Qualified Remodeler Magazine
  • Consumer Reports Article
  • New York Times and NYT online
  •  USA Today
  •  AARP Bulletin & Publications
  • The New York Times
  • BBB’s “Better Business” magazine.
  • AP wire stories
  • Newspapers across the country
  • Appearances on “Today’s Homeowner” on HGTV
  • Business Week Magazine
  • Houston Builder Magazine
  • Professional Remodeler
  • This Old House Magazine
  • Electrical Contractor Magazine
  • More on Google


Professional and Civic Memberships:

  • Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA)
    • President of GHBA (1999-2000) and Director for 8 years
    • The first remodeling specialist ever to serve as President of GHBA
    • Speaker at Remodelers Council, Custom-Builder Council, and Associates Council industry meetings
  • Member, Greater Houston Better Business Bureau, Plus…
    • Past Chairman of the BBB Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
    • Active Member BBB Board of Directors, 20th consecutive year
    • Only Residential Builder to hold BBB Board member position
    • Remodeled BBB offices in 2002
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Member, Wills, Probate, and Trust Section
    • A 23-year veteran of Night Court Musical Comedy, singing, dancing and playing first trumpet with the city’s most talented attorneys, raising money for local charities
    • Has served on HBA Faculty for Houston Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
    • Member, Texas Bar Association since 1981


Community Service:

  • 2019 and 2018 Participant in Charity Remodeling projects done under the auspices of the Greater Houston Builders Association Remodelers Council; 2019 helped renovate Casa de Esperanza, (home for battered women).
  • Recognized by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Awarded the “DFPS Commissioner's Award of Excellence Winner” for a fully funding and completing charity remodeling project for an elderly man in East Houston
  • Boys Scouts of America Troop 549
    • Does “Dan the Tool Man” presentations
    • Does “What it’s like to practice law” for Scout career day
    • Helps with Eagle Scout projects involving construction
  • Other
    • Often Guest Co-Hosted the “Home Improvement Hotline” call-in radio show on AM 950 Radio Mojo, Houston’s largest Talk-Radio station.
    • Home Show Speaker in Houston
    • Speaks to Stroke survivor, Lou Gehrig’s Disease and other medical support groups about accessible design ideas and construction
    • Past Civic Club Officer, Deed Restrictions Committee Member, Active in Marilyn Estates Civic Club
      • Gold level Blood Donor – over 96 donations!