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Buffy K. Martines

Founding Partner - Managing Partner

Buffy Martines has dedicated her legal career to protecting the rights of individuals who have suffered injuries or harm due to the actions of others. Her extensive practice spans various areas, including personal injury cases, wrongful deaths, defective products, and commercial disputes. Buffy is recognized for her comprehensive involvement in every stage of a case from start to finish and for her ability to successfully collaborate with colleagues on large-scale, high-stakes litigation. She has held prominent leadership positions, including:

  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee
    MDL No. 2004; In re: Mentor Corp. ObTape Transobturator Sling Products Liability Litigation
    United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • Plaintiffs Executive Committee
    MDL No. 2789; In re: Proton-Pump Inhibitor Liability Litigation
    United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee
    MDL No. 2974; In re: Paragard Products Liability Litigation
    United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee
    MDL No. 3060; In re: Hair Relaxer Marketing, Sales and Practices and Products Liability Litigation
    United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Education & Areas of Practice

Buffy received a Bachelor of Science degree from Lamar University in 1993 and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Houston in 1997. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in 2002. While attending law school, Buffy excelled as a member of the school's nationally acclaimed moot court team, securing the best brief award and national championship at the George Washington University National Security Law Moot Court Competition. Her numerous honors include being elected to the Order of Barristers and Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, as well as receiving the Shea Lynn Maloney Advocacy Award and the T. Gerald Treece "Heart of the South Texas Advocate" Award.

From 2002 to 2006, Buffy served as an associate at the esteemed law firm of O'Quinn, Laminack & Pirtle. During her tenure, she worked in the firm's mass tort division which encompassed a number of medical device and pharmaceutical dockets. She actively participated in the trial and subsequent appeal of a groundbreaking verdict awarded to the family of a woman who tragically lost her life due to the "fen-phen" diet drug combination.

Since co-founding Laminack, Pirtle & Martines in 2006, Buffy has successfully litigated thousands of cases, consistently exhibiting exceptional leadership and an unwavering commitment to pursuing justice in every case she takes on.

Buffy's Courts:

  • State Courts of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit  

Professional Memberships:

  • American Association for Justice

Awards:

  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star (2007-2013)
  • Texas Super Lawyers  (2019-2021, 2023)
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