When the University of Houston Law Center needed a good lawyer, Tony Buzbee answered the call. Serving pro bono as lead counsel, he and a team of UH in-house and local attorneys protected the school’s name and brand in a federal trademark infringement lawsuit last year.
It wasn’t the first — and won’t be the last — time the principal of The Buzbee Law Firm has supported his alma mater; he has served as an adjunct professor and guest speaker, hires UHLC graduates and contributes financially.
“UHLC is an integral part of my success,” Buzbee said. “The knowledge I gained there, the friends I made and the supportive network of other graduates; there is no place like it.
“I am proud when I tell others I graduated from UHLC.” Buzbee, a Texas A&M graduate and Marine veteran, is a leading personal injury litigator and one of the most successful trial lawyers in the nation. In the past decade, he and his firm have won hundreds of millions of dollars of verdicts and settlements in dozens of cases involving pipeline and plant explosions, toxic torts, offshore litigation, commercial litigation, products liability, and trademark infringement.
He has been recognized by Texas Lawyer as one of the Top 5 “Go To” Lawyers for commercial litigation in Texas and was named the 2015 “Attorney of the Year.” He has been recognized repeatedly as a Texas “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, profiled in several books, and has appeared on the cover of the New York Times Magazine.
“It is a great honor to present Tony Buzbee with the Dean’s Award,” said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “Tony and his career epitomize so much about the University of Houston Law Center.
“He grew up in the small town of Atlanta, Texas, the child of a butcher and a high school cafeteria worker. Through the power of his UHLC legal education, he became an accomplished lawyer. I had the chance to witness his skills in the trademark infringement case. He is brilliant! He was able to take a new and difficult legal issue of Trademark Law, for which he has little experience, and master it in a short span of time. He is also a master story teller who helped shape the winning narrative in this case.
“We at the Law Center are very proud of Tony for all his accomplishments and also very grateful that he came to defend his alma mater when we needed him the most.”
Dona Cornell, UH System vice chancellor for legal affairs and general counsel, agreed: “Buzbee’s energy and enthusiasm for UHLC as well as his advocacy in our protection of the UHLC’s name and brand was phenomenal.” Although this is not an area of law he regularly practices, he left no stone unturned and had a full command of the issues which led to a fabulous result.”
Buzbee graduated from the University of Houston Law Center summa cum laude in 1997. While a law student, he was the managing editor of the Houston Law Review, was elected class captain by his peers and selected for membership in the Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers and Order of the Barons. Buzbee was also state and regional mock trial champion.