Preston Goodwin was born in Houston, Texas, August 11, 1946, and grew up in the Houston/Galveston area, graduating from Texas City High School in 1964. After attending Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, for three years majoring in history, he entered law school at the University of Houston in the fall of 1967. After completing his first year of law school he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Lamar University in August, 1968.
Upon graduation he entered the Air Force, and was commissioned in February, 1969. After serving for four years, including a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam for which he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service, Preston was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.
After receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Bates College of Law in August, 1974, he was licensed to practice law in October, 1974, and entered the general practice of law as a sole practitioner in Houston in 1974. During this time he began to develop a practice with an emphasis on commercial litigation.
In March, 1979, Preston became Director of the Voter Registration Division of the Office of the Secretary of State in Austin, Texas. While with the Secretary of State's Office, he served as Acting Deputy General Counsel and as Deputy Director for Administration for the Elections Division. Since leaving the Secretary of State's Office in 1981, Preston has authored and edited two volumes on the election laws of Texas entitled, "A Guide to Texas Election Laws (for Laymen and Lawyers)".
From May 1981, through October 1985, Preston practiced with DeLange, Hudspeth, Pitman and Katz in Houston, Texas, with an emphasis on commercial litigation, real estate litigation, labor law, creditor's bankruptcy, and mechanic's and materialman's lien law. From October 1985, through February 1992, he practiced with the firm of Hagerman & Seureau in Spring, Texas, with an emphasis on commercial, real estate, lender liability, and bankruptcy litigation; mechanic's lien law; and appellate practice.
Preston has been a partner in the firm of Goodwin & Harrison, L.L.P., since April, 1992, with an emphasis on commercial litigation, mechanics & materialman’s lien law, construction litigation, real estate litigation, and business litigation and practice.
Preston is licensed to practice law in the courts of the State of Texas, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Texas, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Preston holds a Certificate as a civil mediator under the program established in the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Commercial Law League of America, the Texas Land Title Association, the Fifth Circuit Bar Association, and the Texas Mediators Credentialing Association.
Preston has been active in making presentations to business groups on the mechanics’ and materialmen’s lien laws and how they affect their businesses.
Preston and his wife, Jean, live in The Woodlands. Their daughter, Melanie, is an event planner in the San Francisco Bay area.