Don Gwin serves as the Chair of SettlePou’s Commercial Lending practice and heads the SBA & USDA Lending team. His experience gained working as in-house District Counsel for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for ten years and later in-house for a lender provided the foundation, relationships, knowledge, and insight with which to establish and help build the firm’s representation of commercial lenders, including SBA and USDA lenders.
Following undergraduate school, Don worked for three years as a field youth counselor counseling juvenile delinquents and their families as part of the Oklahoma Juvenile Court System. The experiences in this job led him to his interest in law school. The listening and analytical skills Don gained in his career before law school, together with his years working as in-house counsel, have served well in his representation of lenders across the nation. He is able to see matters from the lender’s perspective.
As Chair of SettlePou’s Commercial Lending practice, Don represents bank and non-bank lenders, providing a complete spectrum of services in documenting and closing all types of commercial loans. He also provides expertise in the firm’s Creditor’s Rights & Bankruptcy practices, including collateralization, foreclosure, bankruptcy, and defensive litigation.
Don’s hobbies include gardening, hiking with his dog, Boomer, spending time with his family, children, and grandchildren, exercising, and adventure traveling. His mottos are “Persistence conquers all,” and “Lead by example.”
University of Oklahoma, B.S., 1969
University of Oklahoma, J.D., 1974
Admissions & Honors
AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Texas State Bar Admittance, 1981
Oklahoma State Bar Admittance, 1974
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1982
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1982
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1982
State Bar of Oklahoma
Dallas Bar Association
National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL)
National Association of Development Companies (NADCO)
Texas Association of Bank Counsel
North Texas Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NTAGGL)
Articles & Presentations
Don is a frequent teacher and speaker at training sessions and seminars for lenders and attorneys on the topics concerning SBA lending programs.