Vuk is nationally and internationally known for handling high profile personal injury and wrongful death cases, where the stakes for the victims and their families could not be any higher. For over a decade, Vuk has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
According to Vuk, "The State Bar of Texas, not one of the many marketing companies out there that will sell you an 'award,' certifies lawyers in Texas. This is the gold standard. Because of this, my clients know that my background, qualifications and skills have been thoroughly vetted by the State Bar, not just once, but continuously as we must apply for re-certification every 5 years. My clients often tell me they have peace of mind because they know they are represented by an attorney who holds a certification held by less than 2% of all the lawyers practicing in Texas. The insurance and company lawyers know this as well, and this helps my clients' cases tremendously.
Vuk graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Finance, with Honors. Vuk went to law school at the University of Houston Law Center, where he was selected to be an Editor of the Houston Law Review. Vuk says, "my work on the law review was critical, as it sharpened my legal research and writing skills, which is often an overlooked skill. I believe lawyers who are known for their work in the courtroom need to have this type of foundation in order to offer the absolute best service to their clients. Unfortunately, I think it's rare to find a lawyer who is excellent in both trial work and legal analysis work."
Before starting his own law firm with Brian, Vuk worked at an international law firm, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, where he handled "bet-the-company" types of cases brought against all of the major tobacco and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Through this work, Vuk learned first-hand how large corporations and insurance companies try to defend against high-stakes lawsuits. Now, Vuk uses what he learned while representing these corporations to benefit his clients who are making claims against these same types of organizations. "My clients appreciate that I have this inside knowledge, and that I use it to enhance their cases at every opportunity," says Vuk.
Vuk is a first generation American, and lifelong Houstonian. Vuk lives in Houston with his wife, Ofelia, and three children, Isa, Nikola, and Sava. When he is not handling cases, Vuk enjoys spending time with his family at home and on family vacations. Vuk also enjoys playing golf and tennis. Vuk was a state-ranked tennis player in high school, and gravitated to golf when he was attending the University of Texas.
"People often want to know about specific cases I am currently handling or have handled in the past, and what I have obtained for my clients," says Vuk. "I think it's a great idea for anyone looking for a lawyer to get this information." In the two decades Vuk has been practicing law, he has been called upon to handle cases like these:
- Obtained a $17.72 Million verdict on behalf of the spouse and adult children of an ironworker who drowned in the Brazos River while building the pedestrian bridge for Baylor University's football stadium. The family hired Vuk to pursue an investigation into their loved one's death. He filed a lawsuit against the multiple construction companies responsible for the project, took over 50 depositions in the case, and took the case to trial in March 2016. Vuk argued that of the seven defendants at trial, Austin Bridge and Road was responsible for our clients' loss. After three weeks of trial, the Harris County jury returned a verdict that placed 100% of the blame on Austin Bridge and Road and awarded $17.72 Million to the family.
- Negotiated a settlement for 12 workers who were catastrophically injured when the largest crane in the world came crashing down at an industrial plant in Pasadena, Texas. Vuk was the lead attorney in this lawsuit that argued the companies were responsible for tens of millions of dollars of damages.
- Successfully negotiated a confidential settlement on behalf of 45 workers who were injured after several explosions occurred at the Enterprise Products industrial plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas. Economic losses are documented in the multiple millions of dollars.
- Hired by the family of an Australian rig worker who was employed by an internationally known offshore energy company, who was thrown from a Trinity liftboat during a hurricane in the Bay of Campeche and drowned after two days at sea. Vuk negotiated a confidential recovery on behalf of the Australian rig worker's family.
- Hired by the surviving spouse and adult children of a Kansas company man who was shot and killed on a drilling rig site in the Middle East, in Yemen. After two weeks in trial, Vuk negotiated a confidential settlement against the largest drilling contractor in the world.
- Negotiated a confidential settlement for 10 workers who were injured after a large fire erupted at a major chemical plant in Houston, Texas, owned and operated by Lyondell.
- Hired by parents of teenager who was catastrophically injured after being thrown out of a moving roller coaster at Six Flags Astroworld, a nationally-known amusement park. The case was resolved during the second round of mediation talks. Vuk negotiated a $1,700,000 dollar recovery.
- Currently represent several workers who were catastrophically injured during explosions at the Exxon industrial plant in Beaumont, Texas. Economic losses are documented in the multiple millions.
- Hired by well-known graphics artist from Spain who was catastrophically injured when a Greyhound bus crashed in central Pennsylvania, injuring over 25 passengers, including one fatality. Damages are documented in the multiple millions.
- Hired by longshore worker who was catastrophically injured on a commercial barge, owned by Moran Towing Corporation, in the Port of Corpus Christi when a gantry crane crushed him.
- Currently handling case in California court for 4 businessmen injured when their Toyota rental car experienced Sudden Unintended Acceleration. Catastrophic injuries have caused documented losses in the multiple millions of dollars.
- University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1995
- Houston Law Review, Associate Editor, 1994-95
- University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A., Finance, with Honors, 1992
Professional Honors & Activities:
- Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (Top 2% in Texas)
- "Superb" AVVO 10/10 Rating
- "People on the Move," 2013, Houston Business Journal
- "Top Contributor," 2013, AVVO
- "Top Texas Settlements of the Year," 2012, Jones Act Case
- "Top Texas Verdicts of the Year," 2010, Truck Accident Case
- American Association for Justice
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association
- Houston Trial Lawyers Association
- Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists
- Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
- Member, Planning Committee, Advanced Civil Trial Law Conference, South Texas College of Law
- Participant, Career Mentor Network Program, University of Houston Law Center
Presentations & Speeches:
- Panelist, “H.B.4 Panel: A Jury Charge Demonstration,” Advanced Civil Trial Law Conference, South Texas College of Law
- Speaker, “Advanced Evidence & Discovery,” University of Houston Law Foundation
- Adjunct Professor, “Admissibility of Expert Testimony,” University of Houston Law Center