Whenever we write about a lawyerly lair in New York City, our readers in Texas scoff. They mock the tiny size and high price. They observe that for the cost of a minuscule Manhattan studio, you could get yourself 3500 square feet — plus a Lexus! — down in Texas. And did you know that there’s no state income tax down there?

Today our Texas tipsters will be happy. We’re visiting the $5 million, 14,000-square-foot mansion of a renowned plaintiffs’ lawyer — with room for many Lexuses, in the 13-car garage….

We’ve written before about Tony Buzbee, described by the New York Times as “one of the most successful trial lawyers in Texas (and thus the country).” In 2011, we covered his successful representation of Nichole Johnson, a beautiful blonde who got sued by her physician fiancé, Craig Fischer, after an ugly breakup. In the end, Fischer dropped his lawsuit, apologized to Johnson, paid her $100,000 in attorney’s fees, and “thank[ed] Nichole’s attorneys for helping me understand the mistake I made.”

Tony Buzbee

Coming to the rescue of damsels in distress, while surely satisfying, isn’t how Buzbee built his back account. He has grown rich by winning more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for clients, including a $100 million jury verdict against BP stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (That verdict got reduced to less than $500,000 by the trial judge, but then the case got settled confidentially.)

Buzbee’s prowess in the courtroom and at the negotiating table has earned him rich rewards. He tools around in a red Ferrari 612 Scaglietti (license plate BUZB 8). Until recently, he lived in a $4.75 million mansion with an elevator, swimming pool, tennis court, and the aforementioned 13-car garage.

Why did he move? Here’s a report from the Houston Chronicle (via CultureMap Houston):

Tony Buzbee is downsizing. The Houston trial lawyer has given up his 10-acre estate in Friendswood for a home in River Oaks that’s sits on a little more than an acre.

“It’s on a smaller lot, but it’s in a great location,” Buzbee said.

He moved to be closer to his downtown office. He lived in Friendswood because his main office was in Galveston.

In a future post, we’ll check out Tony Buzbee’s new $14 million River Oaks home. For now let’s admire the Friendswood property, the multimillion-dollar dump that Buzbee just had to flee….


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