We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Dao and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andrew, what is the most important factor behind your success?
People look for results when they hire an attorney. There are a lot of skilled and successful attorneys out there, so there has to be something more that you bring to the table, in addition to results. I believe that authenticity, communication, and transparency matter. My clients know when they speak with me that I’m going to always be real and upfront with them. I am accessible; a client’s time is just as important as yours, and he or she is trusting you with the case, so respect that. It is also important to channel genuine empathy. Clients are typically coming to you because something in their life has gone wrong. It is important to be understanding towards them and what they are going through. I also do not make promises that I cannot keep. I never promise a particular result from the onset, but I do assure clients that my firm is going to fight hard on their behalf.

Finally, as an attorney, your reputation and how you practice law matters. Other attorneys will bring you on board cases as co-counsel if they see that you deliver results and that you’re a good person to work with.

The combination of all these things is what has led to the success I have had thus far.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a Shareholder at Daly and Black, a law firm with offices in Houston and Denver. We are litigators and trial attorneys. The firm handles a wide array of civil litigation matters, including serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, insurance denials, workplace incidents, maritime and Jones Act cases, products liability, sexual assault cases, mass torts, and complex commercial litigation disputes. We also have tremendous appellate experience, as our attorneys have argued in numerous federal and state appellate courts, including the Fifth Circuit and the Supreme Court of Texas.

I am proud of the strong roster of attorneys and staff members we have, and the respect we show our clients. We’re led by John Black and Rick Daly, who are incredibly sharp legal minds. Just being in the room with them, discussing strategy on cases, is special. Our paralegals and legal assistants are bright, experienced, and dependable. The staff is the backbone of a firm, so never treat anyone with disrespect.

The legal industry is not easy. It takes a lot of work and determination. You’re going to face challenges. You aren’t always going to win every hearing. You’re going to have trouble managing your time, and it takes a while to find that balance. You’re going to have difficult clients. You’re going to have differences with co-workers. There’s going to be turnover with people who are not good fits. You’re going to get into it with opposing counsel. You’re going to have to make tough decisions on strategy. Just be ready for the ups and downs, and keep pushing forward. If you have that driven mindset, things will work out.

I think it’s extremely important to recognize that while there are plenty of great lawyers and firms in town, we can all excel. Someone else’s success doesn’t change yours. It is important to practice the right way. Never disparage another firm to get a client. Grant professional courtesies and requests. It all comes back around.

We are focused, and I think the sky is the limit for our firm in the coming years.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love this city. We have such a vibrant food and arts scene.

Neo, hands down, would be the first thing someone needs to try. It is a private, in-home omakase experience that will completely floor you and your taste buds.

Uchi, BCN Taste and Tradition, Handies Douzo, Riel, Xin Chao, Thai Gourmet, Crawfish Cafe, Killen’s, Kata Robata, Poscol, Flower Piggy, and Da Marco are some of the best restaurants in town. Vietnamese food is actually my favorite type of food, so a visit to Saigon Pagolac, Vinh Hoa, Thien Thanh, or Nguyen Ngo would have to be in the cards.

For entertainment, Cidercade is an arcade downtown that has $10 admission for unlimited gameplay. Who wouldn’t enjoy skee ball, Time Crisis, and Marvel v. Capcom? A night at a Rockets or Astros game, Pinstripes, or Top Golf is always a good time too.

In the morning, I would take them to a training class with Justin Allen, a spin class at RYDE, or pilates reformer class at Fyre Fitness or Lagree HTX. Lagree HTX is the most invigorating experience that will completely leave your body in pain (but a good pain). Follow that up with an adjustment by Dr. Tony Tran or Dr. Stephen Jung at their chiropractic clinics, and you’re set.

For nightlife, Permission, Kirby Ice House, the Sporting Club, Pour Behavior, Haze, or Starck Room.

As to where to stay, there is no better place to unwind than the Post Oak Hotel. From the room, to the service, to the pool and spa, it is the perfect place for a staycation or brief retreat.

Finally, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Menil, and Silver Street Studios are must-visits. Taft McWhorter is one of my favorite artists, and he has a studio here. Trish Matute, the director at Gremillion, is opening her own gallery ELLIO later this fall, and I’m excited to see that. The Houston Symphony, Cone Man Running Productions, and the Houston Grand Opera all put on great performances.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents and family deserve the main credit in my life.

My father was a Lieutenant Colonel in the South Vietnamese Army, fighting alongside the Americans, against the Communists in the Vietnam War. My mother and grandmother narrowly escaped Vietnam on a refugee boat. My father, mother, and grandmother eventually emigrated to America, with nothing. My father and mother worked tirelessly to provide for the family, and to allow me to have opportunities they did not have. They never complained; I have never met more selfless people in my life. I am fortunate to have family throughout the States now, including my siblings, uncles, aunts, and cousins, who are some of the most grounded and kind-hearted people that I know. We have always been supportive of each other. We push each other, and we are all motivated to make our family proud.

My family instilled in me the work ethic and values I have today, and I would not be where I am, or the person I am, without them.

Website: www.dalyblack.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/andrewdao

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/andrewdao

Image Credits
Paolo Sagullo, Fox 26 Houston

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