I wanted to represent real people in court. So about six years ago, I changed my practice to representing individuals and families that have been seriously injured or wronged. I genuinely enjoy every moment of fighting on behalf of my clients.

CESAR “TONY” TAVARES

 

Attorney

Facts about Tony:

  • I graduated with honors from every university I’ve attended, including Harvard Law School.
  •  Although my practice is primarily in Texas, I have handled cases all over the country. I am licensed to practice in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. I’ve practiced in several federal courts throughout the nation.
  • The cases I take are the ones where I believe in my client and their cause. When I become your lawyer, I will do everything I can to help you prevail.
  • The three things I strive to do as a lawyer are: Placing my client’s needs first in all that I do and in the decision that I make. Second, be completely honest and transparent with everyone involved. And third, find a way to win for my client.
  • Family is very important to me; thus, I strive to treat my clients like family. I am the father of seven amazing kids and the husband of a caring and patient wife.
  • Like most Harvard Law graduates, I began my practice representing large corporations. However, I wanted to represent real people in court. So, about six years ago, I changed my practice to representing individuals and families that have been seriously injured or wronged. Since making this switch, I’ve had several successful cases in court. I genuinely enjoy every moment fighting on behalf of my clients.
The National Trial Lawyers

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 (the pre-trial offer was $20,000).

  • A favorable settlement just before closing arguments on a case where the judge indicated he saw his first “Perry Mason Moment.” This happened when during cross, I was able to get the 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:

  •   $14,000,000 settlement for a client injured in an oil and gas accident (fees and expenses: $4,768,847.56).
  • $10,000,000 settlement for the family of an individual that was killed in a crane accident. (fees and expenses: $3,335,199.75)
  • $1,250,000 settlement in an accident involving two commercial vehicles. (fees and expenses $470,943.63).
  • $8,250,000 settlement for a mother who lost a son in an accident near her home. (fees and expenses $3,367,465.42)
  • $6,000,000 settlement for an individual that was burned in an industrial accident. (fees and expenses $1,913.809.10).
  • $3,995,000 settlement for a seaman that contracted an infection aboard a vessel. This infection caused him to lose his leg. (fees and expenses $1,759,960.44).
  • $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)
  • $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).
  • $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).
  • $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).
  • $950,000 settlement for an offshore worker that fell into the cellar of a well; because there was inadequate space to stand. (Total fees and expenses $479.777.12).
    $825,000 settlement for a seaman who suffered injuries in a boat collision. (Fees and expenses $372,231.28).
  • $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).
  • $1,500,000 settlement for a client that received burns with complications when using a defective product. (fees and expenses $707,860.58).
  • $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)
  • $545,000 settlement for a couple injured when an 18-wheeler turned left in front of their vehicle. (fees and expenses ~$248,000).
  • $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).
  • $450,000 settlement for an individual who received a concussion with post-concussive symptoms following a motor vehicle accident. (fees and expenses).
  • $430,000 settlement for a longshoreman who slipped on an icy ship and injured his back. (fees and expenses ~$222,000).
  • $250,000 settlement for an individual injured in an industrial accident. (Fees and expenses $106,881.00).
  • $410,000 settlement for an individual that was in a side-swipe collision with an 18-wheeler. The client injured his lower back. 18-wheeler driver claimed my client side-swiped 18-wheeler. (fees and expenses $195,866.74).
  • $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).
  • $360,000 settlement for a client that was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. (fees and expenses ~$174,000).
  • $350,000 settlement for an individual that suffered a shoulder injury working as a longshoreman. (fees and expenses $142,482.21).
  • $250,000 settlement for an individual that suffered a concussion when hit by a commercial vehicle. (Fees and expenses $110,421.94).
  • $310,000 settlement for an individual that suffered a leg injury. While she was walking in a parking lot, she was hit by a vehicle due to poor parking lot planning. (Fees and expenses $133,490).
  • $285,000 settlement for an individual that suffered an eye injury working on a fishing vessel. (fees and expenses $123,988.36).
  • $275,000 settlement for an individual who suffered a hand injury during an oil and gas. (fees and expenses $137,500).
  • $10,000,000 settlement for a family that lost a loved one in a trucking accident (fees and expenses $4,651,972.97)
  • $400,000 settlement for a driver of an 18-wheeler injured when the operator of another 18-wheeler lost control of his vehicle and side-swiped client. (fees and expenses ~$275,000).
  • $1,350,000 settlement on behalf of a client who suffered a neck injury as a passenger in a shuttle service. The driver of the shuttle was distracted and rear-ended another vehicle. (total fees and expenses ~$590,000).

Numerous other policy limit settlements.

bio

Attorney Cesar Tavares graduated with honors from Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University, and Harvard Law School. Like most Harvard law graduates, Cesar began his practice representing large corporations. However, he soon realized his true calling was representing families and individuals that have been injured due to another negligence. Since making this switch, he has several successful cases and enjoys every moment he fights for his clients.

Three things Cesar strives to do as a lawyer are:

  1. Prioritize his clients in all that he does and in every decision that he makes.
  2. Be completely honest and transparent with everyone involved.
  3. Find a way to win for his client.

Family is very important to Cesar. He is the father of seven amazing kids and the husband of a caring and patient wife. With this in mind, he strives to treat his clients like family. 

While Cesar’s practice is primarily in Texas, he is also licensed in Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. He has been admitted to practice in a number of federal courts throughout the nation. In addition to his successful record with Williams Hart, he has received numerous honors and awards. Some awards he received include the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 and Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”

Attorney Cesar Tavares’s sharp intellect and remarkable work ethic are what make him a great lawyer. He only takes cases where he believes in his client and their cause. When Cesar becomes your lawyer, he will do everything he can to help you prevail.

Areas of Practice
  • Personal Injury
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
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, Utah2005; B.A. in Philosophy, Cum Laude
    • BYU Academic and Multicultural Scholarships
  • Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah2003; A.S., High Honors
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
Licensed to Practice
  • Texas
  • Louisiana
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
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.