David M. Buffo: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

David M. Buffo

Kansas City,  MO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction & Design
  • Manufacturing & Transportation
  • Logistics
  • Truck
  • Transit & Ground
  • Technology
Contact InfoTelephone: 816.983.8253
Fax: 816.983.8080
University Creighton University, B.S.B.A., Finance, 1990; Northern Illinois University, M.B.A., 1997
Law SchoolUniversity of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 2003 Order of the Barristers, Moot Court National Qualifier, UMKC Law Review, Managing Editor, Urban Lawyer
Admitted2003, Missouri; 2003, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; 2013, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 2004, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas; 2012, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 2004, Kansas

Professional Associations and Memberships
•Kansas Bar Association
•Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
•The Missouri Bar
•Transportation Lawyers Association


As a member of the Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team, David helps his clients make business decisions that are critical to their long-term objectives. He negotiates, mediates and argues in commercial matters of transportation, premise liability, product liability, non-compete disputes, contract disputes and collections. David's exposure to the manufacturing industry began before law school, as he sold machine tools and machine tool accessories primarily to the automotive and aviation industries. His contacts in the machine tool industry continue to this day.

As national counsel for a Fortune 500 transportation service provider, David coordinates and directs litigation across the United States and Canada and has extensive experience in handling cargo loss and damage claims for motor carriers. David's transportation practice also includes advising clients who act as intermediaries on issues involving transportation agreements, cargo claims and compliance.

Additionally, David represents owners, contractors and subcontractors in all aspects of construction litigation, ranging from the filing of mechanic's liens to making bond claims to litigating claims for defective work.

Awards and Recognitions
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2011

• Pro Se Office, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2001-2002

•Defended a maker of commercial and residential building products against allegations of defective roofing materials.
•Defended retail management company in bench trial involving claims that a customer was injured because of dangerous parking lot conditions. The judge ruled in favor of the retail management company on all claims.
•Obtained summary judgment on behalf of transportation client in case involving cargo loss claims. E&S International Enterprises Inc. v. Yellow Freight System Inc., et al., No. CV 08-3224 PSG (JTSLx), 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9407
•Obtained summary judgment on behalf of transportation client in case involving counterclaims against transportation client for cargo loss and damages in excess of $600,000 related to more than 1,200 shipments transported by client. YRC Inc. v. Royal Consumer Products LLC and Mafcote Inc., 2011 WL 3819651 (D. Conn 2011)
•Represented property owner in dispute with adjacent quarry over alleged property damage due to discharge and runoff from quarry. Achieved favorable settlement on behalf of plaintiff after only three days of a possible three-week jury trial.
•Advised commercial cleaning franchise in breach of contract, employment and noncompete disputes.

Business Insights

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10.31.14 Be Aware Changes to Truck Driver Medical Exams May Be Coming
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Blog

Business Insights
10.31.14 Be Aware Changes to Truck Driver Medical Exams May Be Coming
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Blog
7.09.14 Proposed Bill a Win for Transportation Intermediaries
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Blog
5.01.14 The International Supply Chain in 2014
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Seminar Kansas City, MO
2.01.14 Whistleblower Law Protects Truck Drivers Who Report Safety Violations
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Blog
2.01.14 MAP-21 and Its Impact on the Transportation Industry, Ingram's
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Article
12.10.13 The International Supply Chain Going Into 2014: Insight and Oversight
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Seminar St. Louis, MO
8.27.13 Recent Legal Trends in International Trade
Seminar Kansas City, MO
11.27.12 Staying Ahead of the Curve and Protecting Your Business: New Risk Trends and Solutions When Arranging Motor Carriage
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Webinar
1.01.09 Adulteration of Food and Pharmaceuticals, Transportation Lawyers Association Annual Conference
Speaking Engagement
1.01.06 Delay & Disruption, Kansas Construction Law Handbook

In The News
1.03.13 Husch Blackwell Names 12 Attorneys to Partnership, Effective January 1, 2013
Real Estate, Development & Construction Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation News Release


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Be Aware Changes to Truck Driver Medical Exams May Be Coming
David M. Buffo, November 12, 2014
On October 27, 2014 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Medical Review Board (the Board) and the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) approved a recommendation that would amount to a significant change in the medical regulations if the recommendation were to become...

Proposed Bill a Win for Transportation Intermediaries
David M. Buffo, July 15, 2014
Proposed House bill 4727 would create a so-called “national hiring standard” for motor carriers which would preclude states from imposing liability on anyone arranging for transportation of goods, i.e. transportation intermediaries such as shippers, brokers and freight forwarders. The...

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David M. Buffo

4801 Main Street, Suite 1000
Kansas CityMO 64112


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