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R. James Amaro – Founder and Principal Attorney

R. James Amaro founded the Amaro Law Firm in 2005 after leaving his position as an attorney at a defense law firm. Mr. Amaro has successfully represented thousands of people and businesses in various legal matters, including personal injury claims, business disputes, insurance claims, hurricane claims, and commercial litigation. He has helped clients overcome disasters such as the BP refinery explosion in Texas City, Texas, in 2005, Hurricane Ike in 2008, and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

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David Miller – Managing Attorney

A native of Monroe, Louisiana, David Miller graduated Magna Cum Laude from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. As a student at the University of Alabama School of Law, Mr. Miller spent a semester working in the Elder Law Clinic, a program designed to provide pro bono legal services to members of the community over sixty years of age who could not afford legal representation on their own. After graduating law school and passing the bar exam, Mr. Miller helped clients who had filed insurance claims after a devastating series of tornadoes struck the Tuscaloosa area in April 2011. He joined the Amaro Law Firm in the summer of 2013, where he helps clients with claims stemming from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Zachary D. Norris – Of Counsel

Zach Norris blends the courage and determination of a West Texas gunslinger with the skill and knowledge of an experienced trial attorney. Mr. Norris grew up in Odessa, Texas, the city made famous by the film “Friday Night Lights.” He graduated from Texas Tech University with Magna Cum Laude honors and obtained his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Norris previously worked for a large maritime insurance defense firm. Today, he applies that knowledge to the benefit of his clients to ensure that they receive the maximum compensation available for their injuries.

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Matt Elwell – Of Counsel

Matt Elwell is an East Texas native, born in Longview and raised in the small town of Greenville. He’s been a Houston resident since 2009 and recently put down roots in Houston’s Heights neighborhood.Mr. Elwell graduated cum laude from Texas State University in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Business Administration. He focused on courses in business management, business law, economics, marketing, and communications.

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Kara L. Kellogg – Associate

Kara L. Kellogg is a trial lawyer who currently represents plaintiffs involved in Civil Litigation. As a plaintiffs’ attorney, she has handled a wide variety of civil litigation lawsuits. While working at a nationally recognized plaintiffs’ firm, she handled over 15,000 Transvaginal Mesh cases by playing a pivotal role in the review, evaluation and management of medical records. Prior to this, Kara settled over $40 million dollars in lawsuits for approximately 500 plaintiffs involved in first party bad faith insurance disputes as a result of suffering damages due to Hurricane Ike. Other types of cases she has handled, include, but are not limited to, pharmaceutical lawsuits, personal injury, construction and commercial litigation.

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G. Daniel Garcia Carranco – Associate

Mr. Garcia Carranco had a Catholic upbringing and he spent most of his childhood in Mexico City up until he turned 14 years old, when his father decided to enroll him at a Military School called Missouri Military Academy which is about 110 miles northwest of St. Louis, MO. Mr. Garcia Carranco spent the next five years of his life at this military school learning the values that he lives by today: Discipline, Ethic, Integrity, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Determination.

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Ashlee Dunham – Associate

Ashlee E. Dunham graduated from the University of North Texas (UNT) in December of 2003 with a B.A. in Philosophy. She then pursued additional graduate work in Environmental Ethics from 2004-2006 at UNT, one of the nation’s top ten schools in the field. Driven by her inherent sense of justice, Ms. Dunham began law school at South Texas College of Law in August of 2010, graduating and becoming licensed in the State of Texas in 2013. Ms. Dunham has experience handling civil rights cases, first-party bad faith insurance claims, mass torts, and personal injury matters related to bad pharmaceuticals, product defects, commercial motor vehicle collisions, toxic plant releases, premises liability, dog bite injuries, food poisoning, and catastrophic work injuries. She joined the team at Amaro Law Firm in October of 2016 and looks forward to sharing her passion and hard work with our clients.

Dirk Lloyd Gustafson

Dirk Lloyd Gustafson

Dirk finds great pride and passion in representing the needs of injured clients and their families. His extensive knowledge and skill in holding people and corporations accountable for their actions and obtaining compensation for those seriously injured or killed due to the irresponsible acts of others is well established. Dirk served as his past firm’s senior trial counsel and holds both Bachelor and Master Degrees of Science from California State University, Sacramento as well as a J.D. and L.L.M. from George Washington University in the study and practice of Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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Brian Crockett – Of Counsel

As a Soldier, Leader and Lawyer, I have been honored to support and defend the rights of those who have been wronged. My primary focus has been upon representing those who have been harmed in their community. In the military, we protect those who cannot protect themselves. In my cases, I bring that same mindset in to the practice of law. We will never give up. We will never accept defeat. We will never quit. My successes in court, settlements and mediations, on behalf of my clients, is tightly connected with my diverse background as a psychological operation specialist, a commissioned officer and leader of Soldiers in the United States Army. Over the past decade, I have had the distinguished opportunity of serving this Nation during peacetime and combat operations overseas.

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Practice Areas

Personal Injury

Personal Injury

If you have been injured in an accident, the attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm can help. We can pursue cases against individuals, businesses and government agencies whose actions or negligence led to your injury. Call our offices today to set up a FREE consultation!

Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic Injuries

The attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm stand ready to help victims of catastrophic injuries. Victims who suffer from serious burns, traumatic brain injury, limb loss or paralysis can count on our lawyers to pursue the maximum compensation for their injuries. Contact our staff today and get your FREE consultation!

Car Accidents

Car Accidents

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injuries in America today. Drunk, fatigued or distracted drivers pose a threat to everyone on the road. If you have been injured in an auto accident, call the offices of the Amaro Law Firm today to get the answers you need and the compensation you deserve!

Truck Accidents

Truck Accidents

Accidents involving tractor-trailer trucks often lead to serious injuries or fatalities. Truck drivers may cause such accidents due to fatigue, drugs, or speeding. If you have suffered injuries in a tractor-trailer accident, call the Amaro Law Firm today. Our FREE consultation will give you the answers you need.

Work Injuries

Work Injuries

Thousands of workers sustain injuries on their job sites every year. These injuries can stem from unsafe working conditions, lack of proper safety training, or inadequate protective equipment. The attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm are trained to help workers get the compensation they need, including lost wages and lost future earnings due to their injuries. Call today to get a FREE consultation!

Maritime Accidents

Maritime Accidents

Whether you work on a dock, on board a ship, or on an offshore platform, you understand that maritime environments can be among the most dangerous work settings. Injured maritime workers can contact the offices of the Amaro Law Firm to get a FREE consultation with an experienced maritime injury attorney.

Explosions Accidents

Explosions Accidents

Victims of explosive accidents can sustain serious injuries. These injuries can range from burns and skin damage to limb loss and paralysis. The attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm help victims of explosive accidents get the compensation they need for their physical and financial recovery. Call today to get a FREE consultation with a skilled and knowledgeable attorney.

Insurance Claims

Insurance Claims

Millions of people count on their insurance providers to cover them in their times of need. When the insurance providers deny or underpay legitimate claims, the victim can often feel powerless. The attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm have the experience and the drive to fight the big insurance companies for our clients. Get your FREE consultation today to learn more!

Commercial Litigation

Commercial Litigation

When businesses fail to live up to their promises, customers suffer. Whether a company breaches a contract, makes false promises in its advertising, or fails to fulfill its fiduciary duty, customers are left to feel the impact. At the Amaro Law Firm, our attorneys have decades of experience in commercial litigation. Call us today and get a FREE consultation to learn more!

Mass Torts

Mass Torts

Companies that make and sell defective products can harm more than their reputations. Thousands of customers suffer devastating injuries every year from defective products. The Amaro Law Firm knows how to help clients in mass tort cases get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Get a FREE consultation today and find out how we can help.

What Our Clients Are Saying About Us

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  • Apr19

    After a Truck Accident: How to Preserve Evidence & Protect Your Case

    The preservation of evidence can be pivotal to the success of any accident claim, including those arising from truck wrecks. After all, evidence can be the key to proving fault and determining the extent of victims’ losses. In many cases, some of the most important evidence for these claims is available in the minutes, hours, […]

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  • Apr17

    How to Prove Liability & Damages in Personal Injury Claims

    Carelessness, recklessness and negligence often cause accidents, injuries and deaths. While accident victims (or victims’ families) may have legal options for seeking recovery and justice, some specific elements must be established in order for these personal injury claims to be successful. These elements include liability and damages. Uncovering more about how to set cases up […]

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  • Apr12

    Trucking Law:  What to Do after a Wreck That Is NOT Your Fault

    Truck accidents can leave all involved parties disoriented, injured and in need of answers. For truckers victimized by these wrecks, knowing what steps to take – and what to avoid doing – after a crash can be crucial to preserving: Future claims for compensation Their reputation, professional driving record and, in some cases, their career. […]

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  • Apr5

    Injured Truckers: Understanding Your Rights to Compensation for On-the-Job Injuries

    Work-related injuries can come with lasting physical, psychological and financial impacts. For truckers who are injured while working: Pursuing a claim for compensation can be the key to overcoming the devastating impacts of work-related injuries. Knowing your rights as an injured truck driver can be essential to understanding the legal options for financial recovery – […]

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  • Apr3

    5 Things a Lawyer Looks at When Analyzing a Motor Vehicle Accident Case

    After an auto wreck, victims can be uncertain as to whether they have a claim for recovery and, if so, how to proceed with that claim. To determine the legal options, it is usually necessary to carefully go over certain factors associated with the accident. Though these factors can vary according to the specifics of […]

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  • Trial Settlement

    The night before trial, Allstate’s lawyers called the Amaro Law Firm to settle this lawsuit arising from a wreck where a woman rear ended our client in north Houston. Both vehicles were moving, but the Defendant tried to blame our client by claiming she cut her off.

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  • Litigation Settlement

    After nearly two years of litigation with Allstate in a case where a woman ran a red light and broadsided our client, they finally agreed to pay for her medical bills and other damages as result of this wreck. It was not until the deposition of the Defendant that Allstate finally changed their tune and offered fair and just compensation to settle the claims.

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  • Confidential Settlement

    In Dimmit County, four men were traveling on a rural road when an 18 wheeler decided to ignore a stop sign from a side road from an oil gas field and pull in front of them. The driver was unable to stop in time before hitting the 18 wheeler.

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  • Confidential Settlement 7 Days Before Trial

    Two teenage boys were passengers in their friend’s car on a dark and rainy night in the country outside of Houston. The driver ran a stop sign and subsequently struck an 18 wheeler. The two passengers were tragically were killed in the wreck and their families sought the help of the Amaro Law Firm to find out what happened and how the wreck could have been prevented.

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  • Truck Wreck Verdict – Neck and Back Injuries, and PTSD

    After feeling that his previous counsel was not representing his interests to the best of their ability, our client terminated them and found the Amaro Law Firm on Avvo.com after reading the reviews online. Our firm was hired about 30 days before trial and the court would not grant a continuance so that the necessary work that was not completed could take place before trial.

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