- Manufacturing & Transportation
- Business Litigation
- Construction & Design
|Contact Info||Telephone: 816.983.8253|
|University ||Creighton University, B.S.B.A., Finance, 1990; Northern Illinois University, M.B.A., 1997|
|Law School||University 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|
|Admitted||2003, Missouri; 2004, Kansas; 2003, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; 2004, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas; 2012, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit|
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, contract disputes and collections. David's exposure to the industrial sector began before law school, as he sold machine tools and machine tool accessories primarily to the automotive industry. His contacts in the machine tool industry continue to this day.
Among his representations, he has:
•Defended a building-products manufacturer against claims of defective roofing materials.
Counseled a transportation company in claims of cargo loss and damage.
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. He has participated in more than 50 mediations as part of his transportation litigation practice.
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
Missouri 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.
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
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
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
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...
Whistleblower Law Protects Truck Drivers Who Report Safety Violations
David M. Buffo,Hannah Hemry, February 5, 2014
The Surface Transportation Assistance Act (“STAA”) is a federal law that prohibits employers from discharging or discriminating against truck drivers for reporting safety violations. 29 U.S.C. § 31105. The STAA also protects an employee from termination for refusing to operate a...
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