Cesar Tavares

Williams Hart
8441 Gulf Freeway
Suite 600
Houston, TX 77017
(713) 230-2200
www.whlaw.com


Cesar loves being a lawyer and helping hurt people, and he is very good at it. He has had some amazing results which you should read at his law firm website: whlaw.com. Just last year, he obtained two of the top ten largest personal injury jury verdicts in the State of Texas. Cesar believes his greatest strength is that he sincerely cares about people. His second biggest strength is that he isn’t afraid to lose.

Cesar was born in Mexico City and immigrated here when he was very young. He was the first person in his family to graduate from college. While working full time and raising a family, he graduated with honors from his undergraduate universities and was accepted to Harvard Law School from which he also graduated with honors. He is passionate about experiencing the world, living in the moment, and spending time with his large loving family.

LEGAL MEMBERSHIPS & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Current:
State Bar of Texas
State Bar of Louisiana
State Bar of Oklahoma
State Bar of Pennsylvania
Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Texas
Western, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
Eastern District of Louisiana
Western District of Tennessee
American Association for Justice
Houston Trial Lawyers Association
Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston
Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
Oklahoma Bar Foundation Fellow

Past:
Tulsa County Bar Association
Tulsa County Law Day Committee
Oklahoma Bar Leadership Academy 2014
Oklahoma Pro-Bono Network

AREAS OF PRACTICE
Personal Injury

LICENSED TO PRACTICE
Texas
Louisiana
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Tennessee

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Williams Hart, Houston, Texas (Present Firm)
Arnold & Itkin, Houston, Texas (2014-2017)
GableGotwals, Tulsa, Oklahoma (2009-2014)?
Boston Juvenile Court
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher (Summer Associate, 2008) obtained offer for full-time employment
Mayer Brown (Summer Associate, 2007 and 2008) obtained offer for full-time employment
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka (Summer Associate, 2008) obtained offer for full-time employment

PROFESSIONAL HONORS
National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star”
Presentation at the University of Tulsa College of Law (“Objective Moral Truth”).
“In Defense of Fairness, Legal Aid Levels the Playing Field for the Oppressed,” Tulsa World, January 7, 2013, article detailing my pro bono efforts and results on behalf of an indigent family.
Oklahoma Legal Aid, Attorney of the Month for the State of Oklahoma, recognized for organizing pro bono programs and pro bono representation.
Selected to Oklahoma Bar’s Leadership Academy, 2014.

Below you will find some of Cesar’s results.

In trial:

• $7.5 million jury verdict against the distributor of a defective propane tank that caused a fireball. Client suffered 2nd degree burns. Jury placed 93% of the fault for the incident on the manufacturer defendant.
• $6.5 million jury verdict in a trucking accident that resulted in a wrongful death
• $2.9 million jury verdict against an offshore company that failed to maintain its equipment injuring my client
• $2,310,000 jury verdict against the driver of a company vehicle who ran a red light causing client to suffer a fractured sternum.
• $1.75 million jury verdict against the manufacturer of a defective drug
• $1.58 million jury verdict for injuries resulting from an accident that occurred while drilling an oil well
• $1,197,201 arbitration award for client that suffered severe laceration to lower extremity while operating a forklift at work
• $1,075,000 jury verdict to individual injured back while working at a train yard
• $950,000 jury verdict in an accident involving faulty power equipment
• $360,000 jury verdict for a second degree burn on an ankle resulting from a faulty oven
• A favorable settlement just before closing arguments on a case where judge indicated he saw his first “Perry Mason Moment” when during cross I was able to get witness to admit he was lying under oath
• Other favorable settlements during various phases of trial based on success at trial at point of settlement

Through settlement:

• A $14,000,000 settlement for a client injured in an oil and gas accident (fees and expenses: $4,768,847.56)
• A $10,000,000 settlement for the family of an individual that was killed in a crane accident (fees and expenses: $3,335,199.75)
• A $10,000,000 settlement for a family that lost a loved one in a trucking accident (fees and expenses $4,651,972.97)
• An $8,250,000 settlement for a mother who lost a son in an accident near her home. (fees and expenses $3,367,465.42)
• A $6,000,000 settlement for an individual that was burned in an industrial accident (fees and expenses $1,913.809.10)
• $5,000,000.00 settlement for family member of individual killed in a work incident (Fees and expenses: 2,020,169.26)
• A $3,995,000 settlement for a seaman that contracted an infection aboard a vessel that caused him to lose his leg (fees and expenses $1,759,960.44)
• $3,950,000.00 settlement for an individual severely injured while at work (fees and expenses: $1,238,908.05)
• A $3,250,000 settlement for a family that lost a loved one due to a defective power tool. (fees and expenses $1,376,179.99)
• A $2,000,000 settlement (insurance policy limits) for a family that lost a loved one when a truck failed to yield at a stop sign (fees and expenses $767,773.87)
• A $1,750,000 settlement on behalf of an offshore worker that injured his shoulder while working with a defective winch (fees and expenses $781,792.25)
• A $1,616,666 settlement (exhausting insurance) for a family that lost a loved in in an accident with an 18-wheeler (fees and expenses $468,804.63)
• A $1,600,000 settlement on behalf of a client for lower back injuries after being rear-ended by an 18-wheeler (Fees and expenses $680,307.59)
• A $1,500,000 settlement for a client that received burns with complications when using a defective product. (Fees and expenses $707,860.58)
• A $1,400,000 settlement for a client that was side-swiped by an 18-wheeler. (Fees and expenses $594,552.21)
• A $1,350,000 settlement on behalf of a client who suffered a neck injury as a passenger in a shuttle service where the driver of the shuttle was distracted and rear-ended another vehicle (fees and expenses ~$590,000)
• A $1,250,000 settlement in an accident involving two commercial vehicles (fees and expenses $470,943.63)
• A $1,225,000 settlement for an individual that was injured while operating a vehicle on an oil and gas wellsite. (Fees and expenses: $560,013.92)
• A $1,200,000.00 settlement for an individual that was rear-ended by a passenger vehicle on company business (Fees and expenses: $452.210)
• A $1,150,000.00 settlement for an individual who suffered a back injury as a longshoreman (Fees and expenses: $482,213.38)
• A $1,112,500.00 settlement for an individual that suffered a hip injury while working for a non-subscriber employer (Fees and expenses $476,800.84)
• A $1,000,000.00 policy limits settlement for an individual who suffered injuries in a crash. Client was alleged to have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. (Fees and expenses: $468,018.52)
• A $950,000 settlement for an offshore worker that fell into the cellar of a well because there was inadequate space to stand (Fees and expenses $479.777.12)
• A $935,000.00 settlement for the family member of an individual who suffered terminal injuries in a fire (Fees and expenses: $452,334.29)
• $850,000.00 settlement for an individual that was hit by an 18-wheeler (Fees and expenses: $358,867)
• An $825,000 settlement for a seaman who suffered injuries in a boat collision. (Fees and expenses $372,231.28)
• An $800,000 settlement for an individual that suffered back and neck injuries when he was in an auto accident caused by a large commercial vehicle (fees and expenses $345,583.71)
• A $750,000 settlement plus payment of significant past medical bills for an offshore worker that was injured when an improperly stored engine part fell on his hand (fees and expenses ~$350,000)
• A $750,000.00 settlement for an individual injured in an accident with an 18-whheler (fees and expenses: $326,318.32)
• A $700,000.00 settlement for a family that was t-boned by a commercial vehicle. (Fees and expenses: $314,090.52)
• A $545,000 settlement for a couple that was injured when an 18-wheeler turned left in front of their vehicle (fees and expenses ~$248,000)
• A $700,000 settlement for an individual who was side-swiped by an 18-wheeler (Fees and expenses: $303,825.70)
• A $500,000 settlement for a woman that suffered a back injury when she was operating a bus and hit by an 18-wheeler (fees and expenses $211,982.58)
• A $462,500 settlement for an individual injured when she was side-swiped by an 18-wheeler (Fees and expenses: $209,715)
• A $450,000 settlement for an individual who received a concussion with post-concussive symptoms following a motor vehicle accident. (fees and expenses
• A $430,000 settlement for a longshoreman who slipped on an icy ship and injured his back (fees and expenses ~$222,000)
• A $412,500.00 settlement for an individual injured when rear-ended by a commercial truck (Fees and expenses $159,657.59)
• A $410,000 settlement for an individual that was in a side-swipe collision with an 18-wheeler. Client injured his lower back. 18-wheeler driver claimed my client side-swiped 18-wheeler. (fees and expenses $195,866.74)
• A $400,000.00 settlement for an individual injured by defective medication. (Fees and expenses: $194,853.93)
• A $400,000 settlement for an 18-wheeler driver that was injured when the operator of another 18-wheeler lost control of his vehicle and side-swiped client (fees and expenses ~$275,000)
• A $390,000.00 settlement for an individual injured from a home defect (fees and expenses: $195,425.49)
• A $375,000.00 settlement for an individual who was injured when he was side-swiped by a garbage truck. (Fees and expenses: $163,407.50)
• A $375,000.00 settlement for an individual that was burned by a defective product (Fees and expenses: $175,000)
• A $360,000 settlement for a client that was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler (fees and expenses ~$174,000)
• A $350,000 settlement for an individual that suffered a shoulder injury working as a Longshoremen (fees and expenses $142,482.21)
• A $350,000.00 settlement for an individual injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler (Fees and expenses: $142,688.98)
• $320,000.00 for an individual who was injured in an auto accident. (fees and expenses $87,411.21)
• A $310,000 settlement for an individual that suffered a leg injury when she was walking in a parking lot and was hit by a vehicle due to poor parking lot planning (Fees and expenses $133,490)
• A $300,000.00 settlement for an individual in an auto accident at a four-way stop. (Fees and expenses: $124,852.62)
• A $285,000 settlement for an individual that suffered an eye injury working on a fishing vessel (fees and expenses $123,988.36)
• A $275,000 settlement for an individual who suffered a hand-injury during an oil and gas work project (fees and expenses $137,500)
• A $275,000 settlement for an individual that was rear-ended by a commercial vehicle (Fees and expenses: $111,489.50)
• A $250,000 settlement for an individual injured in an industrial accident (Fees and expenses $106,881.00)
• A $250,000 settlement for an individual that suffered a concussion when she was hit by a commercial vehicle (Fees and expenses $110,421.94)
• A $250,000.00 settlement for an individual who was in an accident with a commercial vehicle. (Fees and expenses: $105,576.29)
• A $250,000.00 settlement for an individual that crashed into a vehicle that ran a stop sign. (Fees and expenses: $123,852.25)
• A $243,033.00 settlement for an individual who was in an accident with an 18-wheeler (Fees and expenses: $100,251.49)
• A $215,000.00 settlement for an individual who was in an auto accident with a commercial vehicle. (Fees and expenses: $107,499)
• Numerous other policy limit settlements