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. As a Senior Attorney at the Buzbee Law Firm, he currently handles all aspects of civil litigation—including commercial litigation disputes, maritime and Jones Act cases, FELA cases, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Andrew is passionate about helping injured individuals and their families. His work has resulted in the recovery of well over $100 million dollars for his clients. Thomson Reuters named Andrew as a SuperLawyers’ Texas Rising Star for 2017 and 2018 — a distinction received by less than 2.5% of the attorneys in Texas.
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 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 at the 215th District Court for Harris County, 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 Executive Board of Advocates. Andrew also was a Research Assistant for Professors Tobi Tabor (professor for legal writing), Peter Linzer (contracts) and Adam Gershowitz (criminal law and procedure). 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.
Outside of work, Andrew is active in the community. He currently serves as an officer or on the board of several nonprofit organizations, and enjoys volunteering his time for various causes. He is also the Partnership Director for the UH Young Professionals for Political Action, a subcommittee of the UH Political Action Committee.
Aside from his involvement with the firm’s trial practice, Andrew has successfully handled briefing and oral argument for numerous appeals.
Andrew has also successfully argued at the Supreme Court of Texas, where he handled briefing and oral argument for a wrongful death and products liability case.