Andrew Dao


Andrew Dao, Senior Attorney

Tel: (713) 223-5393
Fax: (713) 223-5909


University of Texas at Austin, BA University of Houston Law Center, JD

Practice Areas

18-Wheeler AccidentsBurn Injuries and DeathsCommercial LitigationEnvironmental Damage and Toxic TortsIndustrial Plant AccidentsJones ActMaritime Injury and Death--OffshoreOil Field AccidentsPersonal InjuryWrongful Death


Andrew is a Senior Attorney at the Buzbee Law Firm.  Andrew attended the University of Texas at Austin as a Jones Scholar and National Merit Scholar, and obtained a B.A. in Economics.  Andrew then obtained his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.  He handles all aspects of civil litigation—including commercial litigation disputes, maritime and Jones Act cases, FELA cases, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Thomson Reuters has named Andrew as a SuperLawyers’ Texas Rising Star—a distinction received by less than 2.5% of the attorneys in Texas—for three straight years (2017, 2018 and 2019).  Houstonia Magazine has named Andrew as one of the attorneys on its “Top Lawyer” list for 2018.

Andrew is passionate about helping injured individuals and their families. His work has resulted in the recovery of several hundred million dollars for his clients. Andrew second-chaired a nearly month-long trial with the firm’s managing partner Tony Buzbee and attorney Ryan Pigg, resulting in a $159 million verdict on a workplace injury case. Verdict Search and the National Law Journal recognized the landmark verdict as the #4 highest verdict in the entire United States for 2015. Andrew has been on the trial team for numerous key verdicts for the firm’s clients, including a business/commercial litigation case resulting in a $54 million verdict, a maritime case resulting in a $41 million verdict, a commercial litigation case resulting in a $29.8 million verdict, an insurance dispute resulting in a $10.8 million verdict, and a wrongful death case resulting in a $29 million verdict.

During his tenure at University of Houston Law Center, Andrew clerked for the Honorable Steven Kirkland, the Federal Trade Commission, and a prominent litigation firm. He also served as Executive Editor of the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal, and was Vice-Chair of Finance on the Law Center’s Executive Board of Advocates. Andrew also was a Research Assistant for Professors Tobi Tabor (the Co-Director of the Law Center’s Legal Research and Writing Department), Peter Linzer (professor for contracts) and Adam Gershowitz (criminal law and procedure). His research and work are documented and recognized in Professor Gershowitz’s textbook The Wire: Crime, Law, and Policy, and Professor Linzer’s contributions to the leading and influential Corbin on Contracts treatise.

Andrew competed in numerous regional and national competitions as a member of the Law Center’s mock trial team—a team he has also assisted as an associate coach. After graduation, Andrew helped coach the UH team to a national championship at the Eighth Annual Capitol City Mock Trial Competition at American University’s Washington College of Law. Andrew holds a certificate in Advanced Arbitration Skills from the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center.

Andrew has served as a keynote speaker at a Continuing Legal Education seminar regarding civil litigation.  Outside of work, Andrew is active in the community and enjoys volunteering his time for various causes. He has previously served as an officer and on the board of several nonprofit organizations, focused on impoverished children and the promotion of education and advancement.  He has spoken as a panelist at Houston Business and Tax Journal’s 2018 Law Week, Houston Millennials’ AIM Leadership Conference, and has been asked to serve as Master of Ceremonies for various conferences.  He also serves as the Partnership Director for the UH Young Professionals for Political Action, a subcommittee of the UH Political Action Committee.

Andrew has handled and prevailed on scores of hearings in Texas state and federal courts.  Andrew has also been pro hac admitted into other states, including California, Louisiana, Kansas, South Carolina, Illinois and Virginia, where he has successfully handled briefing and argument in numerous cases.

Aside from his involvement with the firm’s trial practice, Andrew has successfully handled briefing and oral argument for over ten appeals.  At the age of 31, Andrew briefed, handled oral argument and obtained a ruling in his clients’ favor at the Supreme Court of Texas.

Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, loves dogs (including his rescue dog Welby), and enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, cooking and of course, eating.

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