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  • 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

Company Credentials

  • President & CEO of Legal Eagle Contractors, Co., an award-winning design build residential construction company
  • Thirty-five plus years of experience in construction, and expert witness work
  • Knowledge in both new construction and remodeling
  • Familiar with Industry Standards, including mid-range, high end and high-rise residential remodeling

Professional Credentials

  • Served as the 2017 Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodeling Division (“NAHB Remodelers”)
  • 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)
  • 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, Houston Bar Association, for Continuing Legal Education

Professional Affiliations:

  • 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, GHBA Remodelers Council, twice
    • Active in, and frequent speaker at, the GHBA Remodelers Council and Custom Builder Council events
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
    • 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
    • Is a paid content provider, writing and updating NAHB builder courses
  • NAHB Remodelers Council
    • NAHB Board of Directors (since 1995)
    • Life Director, National Association of Home Builders
    • National Association of Home Builders Remodelers Council Board of Trustees (Since 1996)
  • National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
    • Member since 1992
    • Active member currently
  • Texas Association of Builders (TAB)
    • Director, TAB for 6 years
    • 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
  • National Home Modifications Action Coalition (White House Council on Aging)
    • Past Director

Recent Awards and Honors:

  • February  2018 – Received Presidential Citation for Outstanding Community Service, for assisting flood victims and educating the remodeling and custom buildering industries after Harvey
  • May 10, 2017 BBB Award of Excellence Winner – 8th time
  • May 2016  Won BBB “Award of Distinction” seventh year in a row
  • March 2015  Won BBB “Award of Distinction”, sixth time
  • March 2014  Won BBB Pinnacle Award - top honors, 5th time
  • April 2013 Received BBB “Award of Excellence” for outstanding customer service and ethical business practices – for the 5th time
  • February 2012 - Recognized as an “Educator of the Year” for the National Association of Homebuilders; first person ever to be so recognized by NAHB
  • May 2012 received BBB “Award of Excellence” for outstanding customer service and ethical business practices – for the sixth (6th) time.
  • September 2015, Six-time Winner – “Best of Bellaire” in contractor/builder category -  January 2009 Selected again as National instructor to speak at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas
  • May 2009 BBB Pinnacle Award winner for Customer Service and Ethics
  • April 2008, Better Business Bureau Pinnacle Award winner
  • April 2007 BBB Better Business Bureau Excellence Award winner
  • April 2005, Better Business Bureau Excellence Award
  • January 2003, National Industry Achievement Award, awarded by Professional Remodeler for Industry Innovation in Accessible and Aging-in-Pace Design, at the International Builders Exposition, Las Vegas, NV
  • Houston Remodeler of the Year (twice), awarded by peers and leadership of the Greater Houston Builders Association
  • The only contractor to be awarded “Texas Remodeler of the Year” (four times), by Texas Building Trends Magazine (twice), by Texas Association of Builders, and the in the Chrysalis Awards
  • Voted One of America’s Top 50 Remodeling Firms, awarded by Remodeling Magazine


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

  • 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
  • The Houston Chronicle
  • 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
  • Search Google for more

Professional and Civic Memberships:

  • Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA)
    • President of GHBA (1999-2000) and Director for 8 years
    • The first Remodeler ever to serve as President of GHBA
  • Member, Bellaire Business Alliance
    • Past Remodeler for the Chamber Headquarters building in Bellaire
  • Member, Greater Houston Better Business Bureau, Plus…
    • Past Chairman of the BBB Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
    • Active Member BBB Board of Directors
    • Only Remodeler to hold BBB Board member position
    • Remodeled BBB offices in 2002
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Member, Wills, Probate, and Trust Section
    • 23-year veteran of Night Court Musical Comedy, singing, dancing and playing first trumpet with the city’s most talented attorneys, raising money for charity
    • Has served on HBA Faculty for Houston Continuing Legal Education
    • Member, Texas Bar Association since 1981

Community Service:

  • 2017 Winner of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, “DFPS Commissioner's Award of Excellence Winner” for a charity project recently completed.
  • Donates to “Buy 1 Give1”, an international charity that supports over 800 vetted charities, via small regular donations made by thousands of small businesses across the globe.  An amazing way to change the world.
  • Donates remodeling services for Akin’s Army and KPRC – Channel 2
    • Volunteers to do urgent needs remodeling such as wheelchair ramps, Plumbing and roof repairs, fire hazard elimination work, etc. for Houston’s less fortunate.
    • Appears with Emily Akin on KPRC Channel 2 to educate public about important initiatives such as Aging–in-Place design changes to make homes safer.
  • St. Paul Presbyterian Church
    • 2017-2019 Co-Chair of the Building Committee (Building an new $6M church facility)
    • Serving as Trustee and legal advisor
    • Past Children’s Choir Director
    • Active Choir Member and Soloist for 30 years
    • Loyal tither
  • 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
  • “Toys for Tots” Leader and Participant
    • Through the GHBA and the Remodelers Council
  • United Way Skilled Volunteer
    • Recognized for donating services such as building wheelchair ramps, and other remodeling projects for Houston’s less fortunate
    • Only non-member ever to receive the United Way “loving Hands” award for volunteer construction project
  • Other
    • Often Guest Co-Hosted the “Home Improvement Hotline” call-in radio show on AM 950 Radio Mojo, Houston’s largest Talk-Radio station.
    • Worked with Senator Ellen Cohen on repealing the Texas Franchise Law punitive to small business
    • Home Show Speaker in Houston
    • Speaks to Stroke survivor and other medical support groups about accessible design ideas and construction
    • Past Civic Club Officer, Current Deed Restrictions Committee Member, Active in Marilyn Estates Civic Club
    • Involved in Boy Scouts of America
      • Gold level Blood Donor – over 75 donations