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Andrew Dao

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Andrew is a Shareholder at Daly & Black. He obtained his B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a National Merit Scholar and Jones Scholar. He then obtained his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. Throughout his career, he has counseled individuals, small and mid-size businesses, and Fortune 500 corporations in a wide array of civil litigation matters. His experience includes handling catastrophic injury and death cases, product liability cases, maritime and Jones Act cases, qui tam, and commercial litigation disputes—on the plaintiff and on the defense side.

His experience on both sides of the aisle provides him with a unique perspective, allowing him to move out ahead of arguments and prepare effective strategies to attack or counter the adverse side.

Thomson Reuters’ SuperLawyers Magazine has recognized him as a Rising Star for six consecutive years. Recognition has been for both Civil Litigation: Plaintiff and Civil Litigation: Defense. Houstonia Magazine has recognized him as a Top Lawyer for three consecutive years.

Andrew’s body of work is comprehensive. His representative experience includes:

  • Commercial litigation: Representation of numerous hotel owners against OYO Rooms, in a series of state and federal cases involving breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and DTPA claims, totaling millions in damages.
  • Qui tam: Representation of the relator in a False Claims Act case against several colleges who improperly received millions in Title IV financial aid funds from the United States Department of Education for students who never enrolled.
  • Electrocution: Representation of electrocuted worker against companies who failed to ensure the lines were properly de-energized.
  • Workplace safety: On the trial team that obtained a $159 million verdict (recognized by National Law Journal as its fourth-highest verdict that year and is also in the Texas Lawyer’s Verdicts Hall of Fame) for an explosion at a Valero refinery resulting in the death of one worker and catastrophic injuries to others.
  • Workplace safety: Representation of worker blinded by an arc light at a construction site.
  • Products liability: Represented the estate and wrongful death beneficiaries of an individual killed by a defective tractor. Handled argument at the Supreme Court of Texas, and obtained a ruling in favor of clients, which was critical towards resolution of the case.
  • Cryptocurrency and NFTs: Filed the first lawsuit in the country, on behalf of an owner of a Bored Ape NFT, against OpenSea—the leading NFT marketplace—for failing to address known security vulnerabilities in its platform.
  • Sexual assault: Representation of victims against a cheerleading coach and Cheer Athletics, for abuse that occurred when the victims were minors.
  • Commercial vehicle and trucking accidents: Representation of hundreds of clients against leading trucking and/or commercial companies.
  • Products liability: Representation of the estate of a worker killed in a forklift incident.
  • Industrial incidents: Representation of worker injured due to the failure of a safety clamp at an industrial warehouse.
  • Oil field incidents: Representation of worker injured due to the failure of a pipe elevator.
  • Oil field incidents: On the trial team that obtained a $29 million verdict for the family of an oilfield services worker killed on the job by an explosion of an industrial battery.
  • Commercial litigation: On the trial team that obtained a $30 million verdict on behalf of a grocery store chain for breach of contract, tortious interference, and conspiracy claims.
  • Maritime: Representation of numerous offshore workers against vessel owners and operators.
  • Trespass and nuisance: Representation of homeowners against the concrete company.
  • Title IX: Representation of student against school district for harassment and stalking by a former teacher and coach, a convicted sex offender.
  • Pedestrian/auto accidents: Representation of numerous pedestrians injured and/or killed by vehicles and trucks.
  • Amputation: Representation of clients who suffered grievous injuries and underwent amputation of various body parts, including legs, feet, and arms.
  • Electrocution: Representation of client who was electrocuted at a construction site. Handled argument at the Court of Appeals, which was critical towards eventual resolution of the case.
  • House fire: Representation of son of woman tragically killed in a house fire.
  • Jones Act: Representation of client injured on a barge. Briefed and handled the appeal for the favorable trial verdict, which was upheld by the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Texas.
  • Sexual assault: Filed lawsuit against coach and Fight Sports, a global mixed martial arts organization, for the sexual assault of a minor.
  • Sexual assault: Representation of several college students against fraternities at the University of Nebraska.
  • Rideshare litigation: Representation of numerous victims against Uber and Lyft, for sexual assault and/or rape of passengers during rides.

Andrew has conducted hundreds of depositions, including those of corporate representatives, individuals, and experts across numerous disciplines. He has supervised and trained incoming associate attorneys. He has argued hundreds of hearings, including those on motions for summary judgment, motions to transfer venue, motions to dismiss, special appearances, forum non conveniens motions, and motions to strike or exclude experts. He has served on the trial team for numerous trials, including the prevailing side in five verdicts named in Texas Lawyer’s Verdicts Hall of Fame. In total, Andrew has been a part of the trial team for cases that have resulted in over $450 million in verdicts and settlements. In addition to his litigation and trial practice, he has appellate experience at the state and federal level. This includes arguing and prevailing at the Supreme Court of Texas.

Andrew’s cases have been covered by a wide range of publications, including NBC, FOX, The Daily Beast, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Post, Buzzfeed, Fortune, and National Law Journal, among many others.

Andrew is licensed to practice in Texas. He has also represented clients in Virginia, California, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, and other states through pro hac admissions. He is admitted to the Southern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern District of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He holds a certificate in Advanced Arbitration Skills from the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center.

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys spending time with loved ones, playing tennis and basketball, collecting art, cooking, and attending sports and performing arts events. He serves as a board member for several non-profit organizations, and volunteers as a Big Brother in Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, and an associate coach for its mock trial team.

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