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