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            Dean’s awarD winner




                                             Tony Buzbee ’97






















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



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