Cesar “Tony” Tavares

Attorney

“There is no greater honor than standing in court and introducing the client that has chosen you as their representative,”
Cesar Travares

"I strive to do three things as a lawyer. First, put my client first in all that I do and in every decision that I make. Second, be completely honest and transparent with everyone involved. Three, find a way to win for my client.

I love my family. I am the father of seven amazing kids and the husband of an amazing (and super patient) wife. I strive to treat my clients like family.

I’m pretty smart. I graduated with honors from Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University, and Harvard Law School.

I began my practice representing large corporations, like most Harvard Law graduates, but I wanted to represent real people in court, so about four years ago, I changed my practice to representing individuals and families that have been seriously injured or wronged. I love it, and I’ve been successful. In the four years that I’ve been doing this, I have worked to achieve:

In trial:
  • $76 million verdict against the manufacturer of a defective drug
  • $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
  • $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
  • $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 (pre-trial offer was $20,000)
  • 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)
  • A $6,000,000 settlement for an individual that was burned in an industrial accident (fees and expenses $1,913.809.10)
  • 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)
  • 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 one 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 $1,350,000 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 $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)
  • 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 $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 $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 $430,000 settlement for a longshoreman who slipped on an icy ship and injured his back (fees and expenses ~$222,000)
  • 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 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 $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 $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 $285,000 settlement for an individual that suffered an eye injury working on a fishing vessel (fees and expenses $123,988.36)
  • 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)
  • Numerous other policy limit settlements
  • I have handled cases all over the country, although my practice is primarily focused in Texas. I am licensed in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania, and I am admitted to practice in a number of federal courts throughout the nation.

    I only take cases where I believe in my client and their cause. When I become your lawyer, I will do everything I can to help you prevail."

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury

Education

  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 2009, J.D., Cum Laude
  • Submissions Editor, Harvard Latino Law Review
  • Harvard Law School Latter-Day Saint Student Association, V.P.
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • 2005, B.A. in Philosophy, Cum Laude
  • BYU Academic and Multicultural Scholarships
  • Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah
  • 2003, A.S., High Honors

Presentations & Honors

  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star”
  • Presentation at 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 for pro-bono representation
  • Selected to Oklahoma Bar’s Leadership Academy, 2014

Languages

  • Fluent Spanish Speaker

Admissions

  • 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

Professional Associations

  • Current
    • 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

Professional Experience

  • Williams Kherker, Houston, Texas (Present Firm)
  • Arnold & Itkin, Houston, Texas (2014-2017)
  • GableGotwals, Tulsa, Oklahoma (2009-2014)

Law School Clerkships/Summer Associate Postions

  • 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
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