Wednesday, March 18, 2015

18 wheeler accident lawyer,Personal injury

As he accompanied Gov. Rick Perry last week on a short walk from the Governor’s Mansion to a downtown Austin courthouse, there was little in Tony Buzbee’s demeanor suggesting that his client was about to be booked on felony charges returned by a grand jury four days earlier.
A bright pink pocket square in his sports coat, the Houston lawyer appeared relaxed and jovial, rarely turning his attention from chatting with the governor, who projected equally good spirits. The only hint at the occasion — or the personality behind Buzbee’s reputation as a formidable courtroom adversary — came from the periodic scowl he directed toward a waiting throng of journalists and photographers.
Just a day before, Buzbee, 46, this time in a suit and tie, had cut a different figure. Speaking at a news conference he called to introduce the high-octane legal team he had assembled, Buzbee delivered what amounted to an opening argument.
“This is nothing more than banana republic politics,” he told reporters of an indictment against Perry, which he called a “nasty attack” on democratic government.
Buzbee’s presentation included clips of an intoxicated and hostile Rosemary Lehmberg, the Travis County district attorney, at the Travis County Jail. Her office houses the public integrity unit, whose funds Perry threatened to veto if she didn’t resign after pleading guilty to drunken driving. The charges against Perry stem from that June 2013 veto, which removed state money for the unit tasked with investigating state government corruption.
“Let’s not forget beyond this video some of the things that occurred during that stop and arrest that night,” Buzbee said after he showed the video reporters. “There were times in which she was kicking, beating on the window and screaming. Anybody who sees that tape would have lost confidence in the Travis County district attorney.”
The hard-charging news conference — and the relaxed stroll to the courthouse with his client — are each emblematic of the Houston lawyer leading Perry's legal defense team, who is known both for his tenacity and flair for the symbolic gesture.
Buzbee, who does not have a background in criminal law, has made his fortune being the kind of trial lawyer Perry has spent much of his time in office villainizing — going after oil companies, automobile manufacturers and governmental entities on personal injury and property damage claims.
His victories include collecting $37 million in settlements from the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, the state-run, industry-financed risk pool for property owners in parts of Texas where storms are common. Perry called a special session to overhaul the rulesgoverning storm-related lawsuits in 2011, saying reforms were needed to prevent trial lawyers from treating the fund like a “personal ATM.”
In an interview, Buzbee rejected any suggestion that the politics of tort reform were relevant to the choice to take his latest case — or that he was an unconventional pick to lead the governor's defense.  
“I don’t think it’s unusual in cases like this for defendants to choose the lawyer that he or she trusts the most and thinks will do the best job,” he said.
A statement on Buzbee from Travis Considine, a Perry spokesman, echoed that sentiment.
"Governor Perry chose Tony Buzbee to lead his legal team because he has great confidence and trust in his abilities," he said.
The friendship between the two men began during Perry’s 2012 presidential campaign. A mutual friend reached out to the lawyer, who like Perry is a Texas A&M University graduate, to see whether he would help coach the governor after his stumbling performances in early debates.
“Those are high-pressure situations, and we spent a lot of time together,” said Buzbee, whom Perry appointed to the A&M Board of Regents in 2013.
Buzbee also became a financial supporter of the governor during that time. In addition to hosting fundraisers and lending a jet for travel, he gave $250,000 to a political action committee set up to support the presidential bid and another $50,000 to Perry’s state campaign fund.
Until then, Buzbee primarily contributed to Democratic causes. That includes $15,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and over $200,000 to the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, which supports mostly Democratic candidates. A former chairman of the Galveston County Democratic Party, Buzbee ran for the Texas House as a Democrat in 2002. He said now he no longer considers himself a partisan.
“I think people’s political views change as they get older,” he said.
Buzbee’s appeal to Perry as a lead attorney may go beyond the personal connection between the two men.
Successful plaintiff lawyers are typically highly skilled at molding public perception of their cases, said Beaumont-based attorney Brent Coon, whose personal injury work has often overlapped with Buzbee’s. Coon said they also have another quality that could benefit Perry: an appetite for keeping up an aggressive offense throughout protracted legal fights.
“They are good with sound bites. They are good with quotes, they are good with shaping the case in a way that fits them,” he said. “Some people carry swords, some people carry shields. Plaintiff lawyers carry swords. Because you have to be aggressive, you have to be in attack mode, you have to be proactive because you don’t win cases playing defense.”
In a career spanning a decade and a half, Buzbee has accumulated a resume notable not just for sizable wins but a sheer variety of cases.
“I’m not the typical car wreck lawyer that people like to write about,” he said. “If somebody has been aggrieved, and I think their case is right, I’ll represent them, and I’ll probably win.”
He has represented displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina who stayed in formaldehyde-laced FEMA trailers; Vietnamese welders lured to the U.S. through a human trafficking scheme; a father whose underage daughter drowned in a car accident after her first night of work at a Galveston-area strip club; former NFL players suing the league after suffering the effects of concussions; and two separate women whose jilted fiances demanded the return of engagement rings.
Buzbee filed lawsuits in 2012 against the now-deceased Amarillo millionaire Stanley Marsh III, the celebrated arts patron behind the Cadillac Ranch, on behalf of 10 teenage boys who said he sexually abused them in exchange for cash, drugs and alcohol. He has also sued a DNA testing firm that mailed a woman the leg of her dead father, Ford Motor Co. for therollover death of a 13-year-old boy, and an Emirati sheik accused of torturing a Houston businessman at his royal ranch after he threatened to expose his sadistic treatment of other prisoners.
In 2011, he won a settlement from British Petroleum exceeding $150 million for a group of 19 workers injured in the Deepwater Horizon explosion. That followed a $100 million verdict a jury returned in 2009 for workers sickened by toxic fumes at BP’s Texas City refinery.
It is work that has not escaped the notice of the state’s influential tort reform lobby.
“A truth-challenged, opportunistic personal injury trial lawyer,” is how Texans For Lawsuit Reform, a business group that operates one of the state’s most powerful political action committees, referred to Buzbee in a February news release.
Sherry Sylvester, a spokeswoman for the group, emphasized its support of Perry, calling his indictment a “crass political attack.” But she added that TLR “stands by our previous statements regarding Tony Buzbee.”
With his latest case, Buzbee has also received criticism from other trial lawyers, including Coon, who said he would have declined the job.
“It would be very difficult to help the governor on this particular issue because he has been a very strong advocate for tort reform, which I find is just wrong, just grievously wrong,” he said.
Buzbee said he was aware his decision to represent Perry had attracted disapproval from other trial lawyers. But he shrugged off his detractors.
“Any lawyer who has taken an oath in the state of Texas, who would not want to be involved in the case and on the side of the governor, probably doesn’t understand their oath,” he said. “We can argue about tort reform, I guess. But it hasn’t impacted my practice.”
Disclosure: Tony Buzbee was a major donor to The Texas Tribune in 2012. The Texas A&M University System and Texas A&M University are corporate sponsors of the Tribune. BP America has been a corporate sponsor of the Tribune. A complete list of Texas Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wrongful Death -

Parents seek $2.5M for son’s death in fire on shrimp boat

The parents of a recently deceased man have filed suit against the owners of the boat that caught fire with their son aboard, causing his death.
Kha Dang and Ngo Thi Dang, individually and on behalf of the estate of Teo Cung Dung, filed suit July 18 in the Jefferson County District Court against TL&S Corp. and Hieu Trung Tran.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs’ son, Teo Cung Dung, was participating in a month-long shrimping trip on board the Lucky Diamond. He and his three fellow crew members were in the Gulf of Mexico on May 10, 2012, when the boat’s master observed heavy smoke and fire coming from a deck area near crew quarters, according to the complaint.
The master made attempts to extinguish the fire, but was not successful and ultimately abandoned the ship, the suit states. He boarded another boat and cut the mooring lines to the Lucky Diamond, the complaint says.
The vessel burned for several hours before sinking, the suit states. Three crew members on the vessel, including Teo Cong Dang, died.
Due to their son’s death, the Dangs lost his maintenance, care, support, services, companionship and society, the complaint says.
They blame defendant TL&S Corp., which owned the boat, and Hieu Trung Tran for contributing to their son’s death, saying they negligently failed to ensure necessary inspections occurred, failed to ensure equipment was in a safe operating condition, failed to ensure the vessel was safe for travel and failed to institute proper safety measures, among other negligent actions.
The Dangs seek a judgment of $2.5 million, plus pre- and post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.
They are being represented by attorney Anthony G. Buzbee of The Buzbee Law Firm in Houston.
Jefferson County District Court case number A195-894
This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Jefferson County District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Just Win Campaign -

Just Win Campaign

Several years into his career, Tony was speaking with a client prior to a scheduled trial in a hotly contested case. In the conversation, Tony was attempting to ascertain from the client what he wanted out of his lawsuit, in other words, what would make him happy. When a client is in a lawsuit, it is important that the client be realistic about the potential outcomes; the law can only do so much, and many times what a client truly wants, the law cannot provide. As a professional, it is the lawyer’s job to manage expectations and to guide the client through the difficult process. During that conversation, Tony posed the question: “What do you hope to gain from this case? What is it that would make you happy?” The client’s answer that day became the motto for everything that The Buzbee Law Firm has done, and will continue to do. The client’s response? Just Win. Does “Just Win” mean winning at any cost? No, it means applying God-given talent, with a large amount of effort, to obtain the best result available by law. Since its inception, The Buzbee Law Firm has successfully represented thousands of clients.

The Buzbee Law Firm has never been an advertising law firm. We are a trial law firm handling cases in court for both individuals and businesses. However, over the next several months, the firm will roll out an advertising campaign centered on its Just Win mantra. We believe in what we do. We believe in and respect the system. We believe in our clients. We believe in winning. Accept no substitutes. Just Win.

For potential new cases, contact us via email at or call the office toll-free at 1-800-992-5393.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Clients Notable Cases -

Notable Cases

We believe in winning. We believe in our clients. We believe in and respect our justice system. We believe in juries. We are proud of the wide range of cases in which we have been involved. The Buzbee Law Firm is routinely involved in high stakes litigation. We like contingency fee arrangements, because such an arrangement incentivizes us by allowing our firm to participate in the success we obtain. In those rare cases when we work at an hourly rate, we charge more than the run-of-the-mill firm. We believe we are worth it and our experience demonstrates that our clients believe it, too. The Buzbee Law Firm is routinely called upon to serve in leadership positions in high profile litigation. We relish these opportunities, because we believe that our clients benefit from it. We are currently involved in litigation involving various drugs, the NFL Concussion Litigation, the BP Benzene Litigation (Liaison Counsel), the Deepwater Horizon Explosion Litigation, the Port Arthur Oil Spill Litigation, the FEMA Toxic Tort Trailer Litigation (Steering Committee), the Reno Air Crash Litigation, and others. We welcome opportunities to partner with ethical lawyers with good cases who need our expertise, resources, and capital to bring high dollar litigation to fruition. For potential new cases, contact us via email at or call the office toll-free at 1-800-992-5393. The Buzbee Law Firm was a integral part of a team of attorneys who collected a significant settlement from JP Morgan Chase in a breach of fiduciary duty case brought on behalf of lease-holders. Numerous verdicts and settlements for injured dredge workers against companies such as Weeks Marine, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, T.W. LaQuay, King Fisher Marine, Orion, and Mike Hooks. Numerous verdicts and settlements for injured offshore workers against companies such as Rowan, Transocean, Hercules, Parker Drilling, Diamond Offshore, Nabors, and Hercules. Trademark Infringement: represented famed singer, Jimmy Buffett, obtaining a judgment whereby the alleged infringer can never sell a Buffett-related item again. Breach of Contract and Fraud Defense: Successfully defended a multimillion dollar case on behalf of world renowned horse trainers from Kentucky, brought by local celebrity "Mattress Mac" against several world renowned horse traders and trainers. Substantial settlement in a case brought by a class of structure owners against Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (“TWIA”). Served as co-class counsel. Confidential settlement in a case brought by company against a major bank for breach of fiduciary duty. Represented a broker who was owed payment on notes of more than $100 million. Case settled within a few days of being hired and participating in a court hearing for a confidential amount. Represented well known hospitality chain in an effort to prevent foreclosure, and delay payment on more than $300 million in debt obligations that creditor claimed were immediately due and payable. Due to the Firm's work, client was able to delay payment, and ultimately renegotiate the debt on favorable terms. Breach of Contract, Plaintiff: Obtained significant settlement for the Port of Galveston Government Regulation: Represented highly regarded developer Blackard Group pertaining to multimillion dollar development on Galveston's West End. Having only been retained for a week, attended a hearing and convinced court to dissolve an injunction that had held up development for more than two years. Environmental Litigation: Represented Spain's Basque Government in a case seeking remedy for the largest oil spill in Spain's history. Products Liability: After a worker was burned with dry cleaning chemicals, the firm filed suit against the dry cleaning machine manufacturer.  Shortly after suit filed, the manufacturer agreed to settle by paying our client and agreeing to do a nationwide retrofit of dry cleaning machines. Offshore death case: Forced offshore company to install guards on all hose reels. Confidential settlement. Forced a major offshore drilling contractor to immediately remediate all of its oceangoing vessels to remove asbestos; class wide settlement. Offshore collision case: Represented two workers injured in a vessel collision in the Houston Ship Channel. Both claimed back injuries, although neither was operated. Settlement reached after the firm tried and won the Defendant's Limitation Action.  Negligence/Personal Injury: In addition to significant payment, utility company agreed to change its safety policies and family received an apology from the company president.  Represented a child allegedly sexually assaulted in a hospital. Case brought against the insurer who chose the facility. Case settled confidentially; in additional to payment, the facility changed its policies and procedures to prevent such from happening again. Wrongful Death: Represented stepdaughter of infamous murderer Clara Harris. Antitrust/Class Actions: Represented more than 10,000 offshore drilling workers in a case alleging wage fixing, resulting in substantial class wide-settlement in which each eligible worker received money.  Case settled for $75 million. Expenses were $540,000. Fees awarded by the Court were $18 million. Plant explosions: Represented more than 160 workers injured in the largest industrial accident in U.S. history, obtaining extremely favorable settlements and serving on the Plaintiff's steering committee. Toxic Torts: Tried first FEMA toxic trailer test case in New Orleans Federal Court. Serve on the court-appointed Plaintiffs' Steering Committee. Case has now settled. Toxic Torts: Appointed Liaison Counsel by the court for MDL of more than 20,000 Benzene exposure cases filed against BP. Note: These verdicts and settlements are intended to be representative of cases handled by Tony Buzbee and The Buzbee Law Firm. As the facts and law on each case differ, these listings are not a guarantee or prediction of the outcome of any other claims.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Recovery from Insurance Companies -

Recovery from Insurance Companies

The Buzbee Law Firm represents individual and commercial insurance policyholders against insurance companies. The firm’s attorneys have recovered significant settlements for our policyholder clients after their insurers improperly denied claims or underpaid claims.

The firm has extensive experience with:

Homeowners Insurance Claims Denial
Commercial and Business Insurance Claims Denial
Insurance Bad Faith
Underpayment of Claims
Insurance Broker Negligence
Insurance Agent Error

If you have suffered damage to your home or business, your insurance company will likely complicate the claims process and try to improperly deny some or all of the claim.
To learn more about your options and your rights in a dispute with your insurance company, contact us via email at or call the office toll-free at 1-800-992-5393.

Representative Matters

The Buzbee Law Firm has helped hundreds of individual and commercial policy holders with claims against their insurers, for insufficient payment of claims or for improper denial of claims. The firm has represented clients with insurance disputes arising from accidents, fires, floods and Hurricanes Rita, Dolly, and Ike.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Real Estate/Technology -

The Buzbee Law Firm handles all types of litigation's like, personal injury, Car Accident , 18 Wheeler Accident with an interest in wrongful death, Jones Act and general maritime/offshore injuries, railroad injuries (FELA), asbestos (mesothelioma) and other chemical exposure, nursing home abuse, sexual abuse, and tractor-trailer accidents. Our attorneys are experienced at handling class action and Multi District Litigation matters in Texas and throughout the nation, including automobile defects, labor practices, civil rights, falsely advertised or defective products, and antitrust actions. 

Real Estate

When disputes involving real property arise, the matter can seriously affect the ability of a major project to move forward in a timely manner. If you are involved in a real estate dispute, select a law firm that has the courtroom experience and sense of urgency and business understanding you require.


The firm’s attorneys have extensive experience representing large and small technology companies in litigation and pre-litigation disputes relating to misappropriation and breach of contract.

For potential new cases, contact us via email at or call the office toll-free at 1-800-992-5393.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Oil Field Accidents -

Oil Field Accidents

Due to the fast pace of the oil and gas well drilling activity in the United States, and particularly in Texas, the numbers of oilfield accidents and oil field-related injuries and deaths happen at an alarming rate. Many of these oilfield injuries are catastrophic due to the nature of the dangerous work involved.

Oilfield workers are often forced to work long periods of time without adequate rest, forced to take chances in the spirit of being a team player, forced to work with some workers that are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or forced to work beside oilfield workers that often take short cuts and ignore established safety standards in order to keep the drilling rig operating at a fast, high profit rate.

The Buzbee Law Firm is proud to represent working people and we have represented several workers injured during onshore and offshore drilling operations.

If you have been injured in an oil field accident, contact us via email at or call the office toll-free at 1-800-992-5393.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Class Action Lawsuits -

Class Action Lawsuits

A class action is a case brought against an entity whose actions have damaged a group of people in a similar way. A class proponent who has been injured may bring a class action on behalf of everyone who was harmed, with class members joining later on.   Class action lawsuits help to achieve justice not just for the individuals who bring such claims, but also for those who have suffered similar losses caused by a defendant’s wrongdoing. Class actions are an important and valuable part of the legal system, providing for the fair and efficient resolution of legitimate claims of numerous parties by allowing the claims to be brought together into a single case against the defendant that allegedly caused the harm.   For potential new cases, contact us via email at or call the office toll-free at 1-800-992-5393.

Representative Matters

The Buzbee Law Firm successfully had a class action certified against a major offshore services company, forcing it to immediately remove all asbestos from its vessels, and to obtain outside certification and verification that its vessels are safe for its workers.   In a first of its kind case, the Buzbee Law Firm brought a class action suit against virtually every offshore drilling company operating in the Gulf of Mexico, alleging that the drilling industry had violated antitrust provisions in setting wages for their workers. After the case was heavily litigated, including the depositions of several high ranking executives with the drilling companies, the case was settled. The trial court approved the settlement and a fund was established to distribute settlement funds to workers covered under the settlement.   The Buzbee Law Firm represented a group of eleven independent payphone providers in an action in Hidalgo County against Southwestern Bell Telephone for violations of the Texas Free Enterprise and Antitrust Act for monopolization, attempted monopolization, and restraint of trade. The case settled to the clients’ satisfaction after Southwestern Bell’s motion to transfer venue was denied and that decision was affirmed by the appellate court. The Firm has been extensively involved in multiple class action settlements involving the FEMA Toxic Trailer litigation.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Buzbee Law Firm - Awarded $29 Million

Buzbee Law Firm: Family of Texas Man Killed in Workplace Explosion Awarded $29 Million

HOUSTONFeb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The family of an oilfield services worker killed on the job by an explosion of an industrial battery was awarded $29 million by a Houston jury, The Buzbee Law Firm and The Law Office of Matthew J. Mussalli, PC announced today.
Garland "Rickie" Kelley, 38, died after a lithium thionyl chloride battery exploded at a Professional Directional Enterprises, Inc. facility in Conroe, Texas in January 2011. His family alleged that the battery was improperly heated to extend its life for use in an oilfield downhole-drilling tool and was known to be defective.
The lawsuit claims included gross negligence and allegations of missing evidence from the explosion. A separate federal investigation led to multiple "serious" and other citations against Mr. Kelley's employer for violating federal safety regulations.
After a day of deliberations, the Harris County state court jury awarded $4 million in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages late Tuesday.
The family is represented by attorneys Tony Buzbee of The Buzbee Law Firm in Houston, and Matthew J. Mussalli, of the Law Office of Matthew J. Mussalli, PC, of The Woodlands, Texas.
Tony Buzbee, of The Buzbee Law Firm, said, "This verdict should send a message to smaller oil and gas operators that the practice of reheating oilfield tool batteries must stop. The death of Rickie Kelley was absolutely preventable."
Matthew J. Mussalli, of The Law Office of Matthew J. Mussalli PC, said, "This verdict represents another step the Kelley family has taken to rebuild their lives and move forward after the loss of their husband and father."
Defendant Professional Directional Enterprises, Inc., with offices in WyomingVirginiaLouisiana, and Texas, was found 80 percent liable and another defendant that settled before closing arguments in the trial was found 20 percent liable.
The case is "Tonya Kelley, et al., v. Electrochem Solutions, Inc., et al," Cause No. 2012-75148 in the 113thDistrict Court of Harris County, Texas.
Media ContactErin Powers, Powers MediaWorks LLC, for The Buzbee Law Firm,, 281.703.6000.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Personal Injury Attorney -

When an accident occurs due to negligence, an injured person may file suit against the negligent party to recover all of their damages. Damages usually include medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, loss of income and earning potential and, possibly, punitive damages.   Proving a physical, emotional, or cognitive injury can be a difficult process. The experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at the Buzbee Law Firm are qualified to handle difficult personal injury and accident cases. We are committed to protecting our clients’ rights and have shown our abilities in the most challenging and complex of injury cases.   When you need a Houston personal injury lawyer, the smart thing to do is ask around, find out who other lawyers call to handle the personal injury claims of their loved ones. We are those lawyers.  For potential new cases, contact us via email at or call the office toll-free at 1-800-992-5393

Personal Injury Representation Matters

The Buzbee Law Firm has represented clients in suits against Ford Motor Company related to the Ford Explorer, taking one case to a significant verdict against Ford. Ford ultimately settled with the firm’s clients to their satisfaction.
The firm represented a Texas City family to pursue claims against the Texas City Independent School District related to alleged sexual assault of a special-needs child. Among other things, the settlement resulted in the school changing its policies pertaining to the investigation, prevention, and detection of sexual abuse in the school.
The firm was retained by a Friendswood, Texas family that owned and operated a dry cleaning business. Their dry cleaning machine spewed hot cleaning fluid, burning one of the owners over 60% of his body. The suit resulted in a financial settlement for the family and, as part of the settlement, the manufacturer performed a mandatory retrofit on all of its machines in an effort to prevent events like this in the future.
The firm recently handled a case on behalf of the estate of an elderly Texas City woman against a large energy utility, related to the death of the woman at her home. The case settled during trial for a confidential amount.
The firm is currently handling a case on behalf of a woman who was badly injured when her apartment manager set off a “bug bomb,” which caused her injuries.
The firm represented a local man who was injured at a hardware store when a clerk knocked several boards onto him. The matter settled on the eve of trial to the client’s satisfaction.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Commercial Litigation -

In 2002, Tony Buzbee was named one of the Top Five “Go To” Lawyers in Plaintiff’s Commercial Litigation, in the State of Texas. Since that time, The Buzbee Law Firm has been involved in hundreds of commercial disputes. The Buzbee Law Firm has a wealth of experience in commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract, fraud, conversion, and interference with contract. For potential new cases, contact us via email at or call the office toll-free at 1-800-992-5393. When your business is in a lawsuit, as plaintiff or defendant, time is crucial. A lawsuit saps time, energy, and money. Every month that goes by means more distraction to your employees. And, if you are paying your lawyers by the hour, every month also brings a seemingly larger bill, with new people billing (many of whom have never tried a case), increasing rates and more costs. And you are no closer to conclusion. Or, if your business has a claim, you may find that no traditional firm will handle the case except on an hourly basis, at rates that you simply can’t afford. At the same time, those attorneys might have little actual trial experience. At the Buzbee Law Firm, we represent clients on a contingency basis and we try cases. We like to take the risk of litigation with our clients. And, and we are only paid when the case is over. That means we spend every minute with the same goal as you—conclude the case at the best possible result in the shortest time and most efficient way possible. Our lawyers have significant big firm commercial litigation experience and extensive trial experience. Tony Buzbee started his career at one of the best litigation boutiques in the entire country. If you are interested in putting that experience to work for you, give us a call.

Representative Matters

Represented singer Jimmy Buffett in a trademark dispute in Galveston federal court. The matter concluded with the offending party being taken to jail and later agreeing to never sell an infringing product again. Represented holders of commercial notes in action against them and their broker. Represented former clients in cases against their former lawyers resulting in multiple settlements Represented famed horse brokers in claims made against them by Jim “Mattress Mac” MacInvale. Defended and tried to verdict claim brought against client Texas Instruments. Obtained a $0 verdict on behalf of Texas Instruments. Represented Galveston real estate developers against Army Corps of Engineers. Represented Port of Galveston in commercial claim. At prior firms our attorneys have represented numerous Fortune 500 companies in commercial litigation matters.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Buzbee Law Firm - Practices

The Buzbee Law Firm handles all types of personal injury litigation, with an interest in wrongful death, Jones Act and general maritime/offshore injuries, railroad injuries (FELA), asbestos (mesothelioma) and other chemical exposure, nursing home abuse, sexual abuse, and tractor-trailer accidents.  Our attorneys are experienced at handling class action and Multi District Litigation matters in Texas and throughout the nation, including automobile defects, labor practices, civil rights, falsely advertised or defective products, and antitrust actions.  Our lawyers also practice in the area of commercial and business litigation, including breach of contract, fraud, conversion, shareholder derivative actions, and interference with contract.

For potential new cases, please contact us by email at or toll free at 1-800-992-5393.

Our firm’s practice areas cover a broad range of cases nationwide. Select from the specific areas below to learn more about our experience.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Peter K.Taaffe - Attorney At Buzbee Law Firm

Peter Taaffe handles all aspects of civil litigation, including Jones Act, maritime, negligence, real estate, technology, and commercial claims.  Peter has extensive experience representing clients– ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies–in federal and state trial courts, appellate courts, and in arbitration.   He has extensive experience handling mass tort actions.  He has been repeatedly honored for his pro bono work for indigent clients.   Peter also assists with operations and management of the firm.
In 2013, Governor Perry appointed Peter to the nine member Board of Regents for the University of Houston System.
Peter received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in 1993 and graduated with honors from the University of Houston Law Center in 1997.  After graduating from law school, Peter served as senior briefing attorney to U.S. District Court Judge Joe J. Fisher.
Peter is licensed in Texas and admitted to practice in the Fifth Circuit and the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.
Peter has assisted in debate preparation for Presidential and U.S. Senate candidates.  He has served as campaign treasurer for candidates in both major parties.
Peter and his wife Diane reside in Austin and have four children who attend Eanes ISD schools.


  • Handled more than seventy-five cases for Jones Act seamen or other maritime workers, in cases involving blue water seaman, dredge workers and offshore drilling workers.
  • Trial team for numerous significant verdicts and settlements at trial.
  • Represented plaintiffs and defendants in numerous class action matters and mass toxic-tort actions.
  • Represented Fortune 500 and small businesses in technology and commercial disputes.


  • Member, University of Houston System Board of Regents, Term to Expire in 2019.
  • University of Houston Law Alumni Association, Former Director
  • Texas Pro Bono College, 2000 – Present
  • Recognized by Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program and Travis County Volunteer Legal Services for Pro Bono Work
  • Advisory Board, Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, University of Houston Law Center
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law School, “Litigating Contract Disputes”, Spring 2012
  • 40 Hour Mediation Training, University of Houston, January 2013


  • DuBois, Bryant, Campbell & Schwartz, LLP
  • Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, L.L.P
  • Gardere, Wynne, Sewell & Riggs, LLP
  • Senior Judge Joe J. Fisher, Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division, Senior Briefing Attorney

Friday, January 23, 2015

Kyle Beckley - Attorney At Buzbee Law Firm

Kyle Beckley grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, California.  Kyle attended UCLA where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2001.  He then earned his law degree from Chapman University in Orange, California.  While in law school Kyle earned Cali award honors in Contracts I, acted as President of the school’s Federalist Society and served as an intern under Presiding Justice David Sills of the State’s Fourth District Court of Appeal.

After graduating from law school in 2006, Kyle began practicing in Long Beach, California, where his practice involved working on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation and appeals.  He helped successfully defend some of the nation’s top physicians and surgeons.  He handled high volume and complex matters involving construction and contract cases.

In 2010 Kyle moved his practice to Texas and in 2012 he joined The Buzbee Law Firm.  He now focuses his practice on representing property owners impacted by pollution and contamination.

Kyle is admitted to practice in Texas and California.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Crystal Del Toro - Attorney At Buzbee Law Firm

Crystal Del Toro was born and raised in McAllen, Texas, located at the southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley.  She graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American, magna cum laude, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2010.  Crystal subsequently obtained her law degree at the University of Houston Law Center in 2013.

During her tenure at the University of Houston Law Center, Crystal clerked for the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office, the Honorable Judge Rudy Delgado at the 93rd District Court for Hidalgo County, as well as a prominent personal injury law firm.  Crystal also participated as a student attorney in the UHLC Immigration Clinic which specializes in handling applications for asylum for immigrants who have been the victims of torture and persecution, domestic violence, human trafficking and crime, children and those fleeing civil war, genocide or political repression.

An associate attorney at The Buzbee Law Firm, Crystal currently handles all aspects of civil litigation.
Crystal is licensed to practice in Texas.


– State Bar of Texas
– American Association for Justice
– Texas Trial Lawyers Association
– Houston Bar Association

– Admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Monday, January 19, 2015

Caroline E. Adams - Attorney At Buzbee Law Firm

Caroline E. Adams handles all aspects of civil litigation, including negligence, maritime, oil and gas, real estate, commercial claims and mass class action lawsuits. Caroline has extensive experience representing clients, from individuals to Fortune 500 companies, in both federal and state trial courts, and in arbitration. Currently, Caroline is involved in multi-district litigation and seeks to resolve thousands of losses arising from the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Caroline received her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University and graduated from the South Texas College of Law in 1999. Caroline was selected to be on the Varsity Mock Trial Team and had the honor of participating in one of the most prestigious advocacy programs in the country. After graduating from law school, Caroline served as a briefing attorney to U.S. District Court Judge Joe J. Fisher for the Eastern District of Texas. Caroline is licensed in the state of Texas, and admitted to practice in the Southern District of Texas and the Eastern District of Texas.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Chris Leavitt - Attorney At Buzbee Law Firm

Chris Leavitt received his undergraduate degree with Honors from the University of Texas in 2002 and is a 2005 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center.  During his time in law school, Chris completed clerkships for the Harris County District Attorney, The Buzbee Law Firm, and the Honorable Lynn H. Hughes, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas. 

Chris heads up the firm’s Insurance Recovery Department.  Chris has represented hundreds of policy holders in first party insurance cases.  Chris also frequently represents clients in suits against insurance agents.  Chris has spoken frequently about the insurance claim process.  Chris, and The Buzbee Law Firm, are particularly proud of their representation of many churches with insurance related disputes. 

Chris, and the firm, also regularly represent large commercial clients; including owners of office buildings, apartment complexes, condominium complexes, retirement communities, and shopping centers.  Chris’ previous work experience includes time at an apartment focused commercial real estate company. 

Chris is licensed to practice in Texas. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Andrew Dao - Attorney At Buzbee Law Firm

Andrew Dao is a native Houstonian who attended the University of Texas at Austin as a Jones Scholar and National Merit Scholar. After obtaining his B.A. in Economics, Andrew obtained his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.  An associate attorney at the Buzbee Law Firm, Andrew currently handles all aspects of civil litigation.
During his tenure at University of Houston Law Center, Andrew worked for the Honorable Steven Kirkland at the 215th District Court for Harris County, the Federal Trade Commission, and a prominent personal injury law firm.  Andrew competed in numerous regional and national competitions as a member of the Law Center’s mock trial team—a team he now assists as an associate coach.
Andrew also served as Executive Editor of the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal, was on the Executive Board of Advocates, and was a Research Assistant for Professors Tobi Tabor, Peter Linzer, and Adam Gershowitz.  Andrew holds a certificate in Advanced Arbitration Skills from the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center.
Andrew is active in the community, and currently serves as an officer for two non-profit organizations.
Andrew is licensed to practice in Texas.


– Admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tony Buzbee - The Buzbee Law Firm

There are thousands of nameless, faceless attorneys who fill the top floors of many of the office buildings in every major city in the United States — there is no one like Tony Buzbee. Buzbee is a leader in his field and at the top of his profession.
Indeed, in the Sixth edition (2013) of Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, Tony Buzbee was named as litigation star for plaintiff’s litigation in Texas and The Buzbee Law Firm was named as one of five “Highly Recommended” firms.   (Link to the article can be found here).
The New York Times Magazine described Buzbee as: “One of the most successful trial lawyers in the country.
Texas Monthly said of Buzbee: “Buzbee has made his name going after corporations, and he usually wins big.
The New York Times stated it best when it described Buzbee like this: “Mr. Buzbee is a big, mean, ambitious, tenacious, fire-breathing Texas trial lawyer. Really big. Poster boy big.
The results speak for themselves:
After more than thirty depositions, and three years, Buzbee went to trial against a General Contractor and Subcontractor who negligently started a fire resulting in more than $12 million in damages to a condo project. After two days of trial, the General Contractor settled on favorable terms. Buzbee kept going and obtained a significant verdict against the Subcontractor and a finding of “no liability” against his clients.
Retained by famed recording artist and businessman Jimmy Buffet to protect various trade marks and intellectual property, Buzbee not only stopped the infringing company in its tracks, but through his efforts, had the owner temporarily jailed. The case settled on extremely favorable terms shortly thereafter.
Offered only $100,000 to settle a hotly disputed, high profile toxic release case on the day of trial, Buzbee rejected and obtained a record-setting verdict. The case, which was reported to be one of the largest of the year in the country, and the largest ever against BP, settled confidentially thereafter.
Hired to defend a business client in a contempt hearing, whereby the Plaintiff in the case was trying to force Buzbee’s client to turn over customer lists and other proprietary information, Buzbee stepped in. After a two-hour hearing, the Federal Judge ordered the Plaintiff to deposit a significant sum into the registry of the Court, and set a trial date to determine whether Buzbee’s client was the owner of those funds: exactly what Buzbee’s client had been trying to accomplish in over two years of litigation.
Retained to attempt to vacate a two-year injunction preventing the development of valuable property near protected wetlands, Buzbee convinced the Court–from the bench–to lift the injunction. The client was thus able to save his substantial investment, while paying Buzbee in kind with property for his valuable work.
Hired on a Thursday to try a commercial dispute on the next Monday, Buzbee went to work. After a four-day trial, the jury returned a substantial verdict, over twice Buzbee’s client’s settlement demand. The case settled shortly after the jury verdict.
Fourteen product liability cases in a row, raising the exact same issue, had been won by Ford Motor Company across the United States–After a two and a half week trial, Buzbee obtained a substantial jury verdict for his clients. The case settled confidentially thereafter.
Hired by the Port of Galveston on a breach of contract case, after receiving a meager offer of settlement of only $280,000–Buzbee went to work; the case settled within nine months for a significant amount.
Seeking answers surrounding the death of her husband, and turned down by five other law firms–Buzbee took the case for a widow whose husband was killed on an offshore drilling rig off the Coast of Saudi Arabia, and obtained a significant verdict. The case settled confidentially thereafter.
Seeking to change how business was done offshore Buzbee took a case for the family of a young man mysteriously killed due to what the company described as a “freak accident” on an offshore drilling rig. The case resulted in a multimillion dollar, confidential settlement and changed the way business is done offshore.
Tony Buzbee is a former Recon Marine officer. His mettle has been tested time and again through some of the most demanding training in the armed services, and due to his involvement in the some of the most intense Marine operations in various countries. Buzbee didn’t just survive or endure as a Marine officer, he excelled. In the Marine Corps, officers are taught to lead from the front, to do more with less, to work smart, to hit fast and exploit weaknesses and to be creative. Tony Buzbee, and the firm he has built, use these same principles and attitudes in the practice of law.
Tony Buzbee is a nationwide figure, who is sought out in every kind of case, all over the country. He believes in the wisdom of juries. He deeply respects the practice of law and the system as a whole. Tony Buzbee has earned the luxury of selecting the cases upon which he personally chooses to work.
Tony Buzbee is the son of a butcher and high school cafeteria worker. After earning a ROTC scholarship, Buzbee attended Texas A&M University. While there, he served as a Battalion Commander in the Corps of Cadets. Upon graduation, Buzbee was named a Distinguished Naval Graduate, Distinguished Student, and was recognized as the Outstanding NROTC Senior in the Corps of Cadets, as well as the Outstanding Commander in the Corps of Cadets. Buzbee now has the honor of having the Buzbee Leadership Learning Center named after him.
After college, Buzbee entered the United States Marine Corps. In his initial Marine Corps training, Buzbee was recognized as an Honor Graduate, receiving the top leadership score out of more than 200 other Marine Lieutenants. Buzbee then continued his service as a Marine Corps infantry officer, serving in the Persian Gulf and Somalian conflicts, where he commanded various Marine SOC (special operation capable) infantry units. After rigorous physical and mental screening, Buzbee was selected by the Marines to become a Recon officer, commanding the elite Recon Company of the historic First Marine Regiment. While serving as a Recon officer, Buzbee received various awards, including top leadership awards from the rigorous Navy Dive School and the daunting Amphibious Reconnaissance Course. Ultimately, Buzbee earned the rank of Captain, and for his Marine Corps service was awarded the prestigious Navy Commendation Medal.
After leaving the Marine Corps, Buzbee entered law school at the University of Houston Law Center. While there, Buzbee was the Managing Editor of the Houston Law Review, was elected Class Captain by his peers, and was also a member of the Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers, and Order of the Barons. Buzbee was also state and regional mock trial champion and was voted best advocate in every competition in which he competed. Buzbee ultimately graduated Summa Cum Laude, second in his class.
After graduation, Buzbee was selected to serve as a briefing attorney for a federal district judge in the Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division. Upon completing that assignment, he was hired by one of the most prestigious litigation boutiques in the country. He then founded his own firm.
Aside from his legal practice, Buzbee is heavily involved in his community as a property developer, working to revitalize historic downtown Friendswood. Buzbee is also a business owner, responsible for various well-known retail endeavors, commercial buildings, and hotels. Buzbee also serves on the Board of Directors of Hometown Bank, the Board of Directors for The Jesse Tree (a nonprofit organization that assists the homeless and those in need in Galveston and Brazoria counties), serves on the Board of the Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and has served on the Board of Visitors of Texas A&M Galveston. Buzbee is also a member of the Board of Regents of Texas A&M University.
In 2002, Buzbee was recognized by his peers in the Texas Lawyer, as one of the Top 5 “Go To” Lawyers for Commercial Litigation in the State of Texas. Buzbee was the youngest attorney on the list, in any category. Tony Buzbee has been repeatedly recognized as a Texas “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. Buzbee has been profiled in several books, and has appeared on the cover of the New York Times Magazine.
Tony Buzbee is frequently sought out for his courtroom skill and oratory talent. Buzbee is also a frequent commentator on national news programs. Due to his skill set, he has been retained to help a U.S Senate candidate prepare himself for a series of televised debates, and even was called upon to assist a presidential candidate in multiple, nationally televised presidential debates.
Tony Buzbee became the trial lawyer he is today by applying the skills he learned in the Marines—comprehensive preparation and ruthless execution. Buzbee believes that the only way to reach a fair settlement for his clients is to prepare each case as if it will be tried. There is a real difference between those who “litigate” cases and those who try cases to verdict, in a court of law. Tony Buzbee has a proven track record of trying and winning cases, period.


  • Offshore Litigation: Emphasis on offshore explosions and injuries
  • Commercial Litigation: Represented commercial note holders sued by payees on the notes, resulting in a confidential settlement.
  • Toxic Torts: Record-setting verdict for ten workers exposed to Carbon Disulfide at the BP Texas City plant.
  • Toxic Torts: Represented more than ten thousand FEMA trailer residents who are suing, claiming formaldehyde exposure while living in FEMA trailers and serves on MDL Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.
  • Class Actions: Served as Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel in several statewide and nationwide class actions.
  • Pipeline Explosions: Represented several individuals burned or killed due to pipeline explosions.
  • Apartment Explosion: represented apartment resident who was badly burned when explosion occurred. Case resolved after apartment owner caught altering documents.
  • Products Liability: represented dry cleaning store owner who was severely burned when dry cleaning machine spewed boiling dry cleaning fluid over 60% of his body. Forced nationwide retrofit of dry cleaning machines after substantial dollar settlement.
  • Home Owner Liability: Represented teenager who was severely burned while attending a bonfire at a friend’s home.
  • Trademark Infringement: Represented famed singer Jimmy Buffett in litigation in Galveston federal court.
  • Breach of Contract and Fraud Defense: Successfully defended a multimillion dollar case brought by local celebrity “Mattress Mac” against world renowned horse traders and trainers.
  • Breach of Contract, Plaintiff: Obtained significant settlement for the Port of Galveston.
  • Government Regulation: Represented highly regarded developer Blackard Group pertaining to multimillion dollar development on Galveston’s West End.
  • Environmental Litigation: Represented Spain’s Basque Government in the largest oil spill in Spain’s history.
  • Copyright Infringement: Represented Houston rap artist against famed rap star.
  • Products Liability: First verdict in Texas against Ford Motor Company related to the stability alone of Ford Explorer; significant verdict and subsequent settlement.
  • Offshore death case: Forced offshore company to install guards on all hose reels.
  • Negligence/Personal Injury: Forced gas company to change policies relating to safety devices following settlement.
  • Offshore death case: Uncovered deadly mismatch problem in offshore drilling industry, resulting in an industry wide correction of the problem; significant verdict and subsequent settlement.
  • Wrongful Death: Represented stepdaughter of infamous murderer Clara Harris, reaching a favorable settlement for stepdaughter’s share of Harris’s estate.
  • Antitrust/Class Actions: Represented more than 10,000 offshore drilling workers in a case alleging wage fixing, resulting in substantial settlement.
  • Plant explosions: Represented more than 160 workers injured in the largest industrial accident in U.S. history, obtaining extremely favorable settlements and serving on the Court-Appointed Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.
  • Note: These verdicts and settlements are intended to be representative of cases handled by Tony Buzbee and The Buzbee Law Firm. As the facts and law on each case differ, these listings are not a guarantee or prediction of the outcome of any other claims.

    • Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center, Litigating Commercial Disputes
    • University of Houston Law Center, Guest Lecturer, Arbitration, Contracts, Etc.;
    • Various CLE’s on topics ranging from trial practice, jury selection, and the taking of depositions.


    • Susman Godfrey LLP, Attorney
    • Southern District of Texas, Briefing Attorney
    • United States Marine Corps, Captain