Attorney Daniel J. Buba

Attorney Daniel J. Buba

An Experienced Accident Attorney

Dan Buba

Daniel J. Buba is a Personal Injury Trial Lawyer with the law firm of Doehrman Buba in Indianapolis, Indiana in his twenty-second year as a litigator. Mr. Buba represents a variety of personal injury clients, including traumatic brain injury victims, clients injured as a result of interstate truck crashes, and birth injury cases..

Prior to joining the Plaintiffs’ bar, Mr. Buba practiced as an in-house defense lawyer for a large insurance company, representing a variety of commercial clients, including truck drivers, trucking companies, and construction companies. Mr. Buba’s prior defense work also includes several years of experience in medical malpractice defense litigation.

Mr. Buba received his law license in October 1994. Since his admission to the bar, he has maintained a practice in the Indianapolis area and is active in the legal community on both the local and national level. He is a past President of the Indianapolis Bar Association, a past Chairman of the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Indiana. He has authored numerous legal papers and lectures at local and national legal seminars.

  • Admitted to Bar, 1994, Indiana and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern District of Indiana; 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.
  • Legal Education: Indiana University School of Law (Bloomington); Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., with Honors, 1994); Siena Heights University (B.A. 1988).

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to Super Lawyers, Indiana Super Lawyer.
  • Best Lawyers in America Selection, Personal Injury Litigation, Indianapolis.
  • College of Fellows, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Inducted 2001.
  • Athletic Hall of Fame (1985 Soccer Team), Siena Heights University, Inducted 2002.

Leadership Positions

  • Vice President, Brain Injury Association of Indiana, 2015–Present.
  • Board of Regents, Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, 2015–Present.
  • Board of Directors, Brain Injury Association of Indiana, 2014–Present.
  • Board of Directors, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2014–Present.
  • Chair, AAJ Trucking Litigation Group, 2012–13.
  • Chair-Elect, AAJ Trucking Litigation Group, 2011–12.
  • Secretary, AAJ Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, 2010–11.
  • Immediate Past President, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2009.
  • Treasurer, AAJ Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, 2009–10.
  • Member, Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, 2009.
  • President, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2008.
  • Special Projects Chair, AAJ Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, 2008.
  • Co-Chair, AAJ Interstate Trucking Litigation Group Chicago Seminar, 2008.
  • President-Elect, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2007.
  • Board of Directors, AAJ Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, 2007.
  • First Vice President, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2006.
  • Legislative Liaison Committee, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2006.
  • Secretary, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2005.
  • Board of Directors, Indianapolis Bar Foundation, 2005.
  • Chair, Grants Committee, Indianapolis Bar Foundation, 2005.
  • Board of Directors, Indianapolis Bar Foundation, 2004.
  • Chair, Lawyer Referral Service, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2003.
  • Board of Managers, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2003.
  • Chair, Lawyer Referral Service, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2002.
  • Board of Managers, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2002.
  • Co‑Chair, IBA Bench‑Bar Conference, 2001.

Bar and Litigation Group Memberships

  • American Association for Justice (Memberships in Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and Trucking Litigation Group), Leaders Forum Member, and PAC Contributor
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys
  • Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable
  • Executive Committee Member, Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Sustaining Member, PAC Contributor
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures and Writings

  • Author and Lecturer, "The Role of a Life Care Planner in a Traumatic Brain Injury Case," AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group Educational Seminar, AAJ Annual Convention, Boston, MA, 2017.
  • Author and Lecturer, "Is your Elderly Client Suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury or Dementia?", Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 29th Annual Lifetime Achievement Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, 2017.
  • Lecturer, "Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Insurance Coverage - Advanced Issues," NBI Auto Injuries: Advanced Plaintiff Strategies Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, 2017.
  • Lecturer, "Internet and Social Media Resources for your Truck Crash Case," Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, National Webinar, 2017.
  • Author and Lecturer, “Overdriving the Headlights and Night Driving in Truck Crash Cases,” Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys 2016 Annual Symposium, Nashville, TN, 2016.
  • Author and Lecturer, “Federal and State Rules and Regulations in Trucking Cases,” National Business Institute, Advanced Trial Techniques, Indianapolis, IN, 2016.
  • Lecturer, “Rules of the Road Strategies in a Big Truck Crash Case,” Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 28th Annual Lifetime Achievement Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, 2016
  • Lecturer, “A Truck Case Walks in the Door,” AAJ Advanced Trial Advocacy College: Litigating Truck Collision Cases, Dallas, TX, 2015.
  • Author and Lecturer, “The Latest Rules for Fatigue & Hours of Service,” AAJ Trucking Litigation Group Educational Seminar, AAJ Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada, 2015.
  • Author and Lecturer, “Responding to Social Media Discovery Requests” Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 27th Annual Lifetime Achievement Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, 2015.
  • Lecturer, “Tractor-Trailer U-Turn Cases: Approaches, Tools and Techniques,” Spotlight on the Safety Director Trucking Litigation Group Members Only Seminar, Jacksonville, FL, 2014.
  • Author and Lecturer, “Advising Your Clients About Their Social Media Involvement and Dealing with Defense Requests,” 360 Advocacy, Auto Crash Litigation 3.0 Seminar, Chicago, IL, 2014.
  • Lecturer, “Hours of Service and Driver Fatigue,” Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association Seminar: How to Win Commercial Truck and Bus Cases and Get Your Clients the Help They Need, Minneapolis, MN, 2014.
  • Author, “Liens in Auto Cases:  Subrogation Liens in Detail,” National Business Institute, Managing Liens and Subrogation in Auto Accident Litigation seminar, Indianapolis, IN, 2013.
  • Author, “Handling a Driver Fatigue Case,” Trial Magazine, 49, No. 2 – “Danger on the Road” (American Association of Justice, February 2013).
  • Author and Lecturer, “What Exactly Can You Tell Your Clients About Facebook Now? Tips on Surviving Social Media,” Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association, Motor Vehicle Litigation Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, 2012.
  • Author, “An Overview of the Current Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations,” Truck Accident Litigation, 3rd Edition (American Bar Association 2012).
  • Chair/Moderator, AAJ Trucking Litigation Group Educational Seminar, AAJ Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, 2012.
  • Author and Lecturer, “Issues and Strategies for Night Time Truck Crashes,” Kentucky Justice Association, Big Truck Seminar, Louisville, KY, 2012.
  • Lecturer, “Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations in Big Truck Crash Cases,” Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 24th Annual Lifetime Achievement Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, 2012.
  • Author and Lecturer, “Spoliation, Evidence Preservation, TROs, and Federal Court Removal in Interstate Trucking Cases,” New Jersey Association of Justice, Boardwalk Seminar, Atlantic City, NJ, 2012.
  • Author and Lecturer, “Presenting Damages and Expert Testimony at Trial,” National Business Institute, Advanced Trial Techniques, Indianapolis, IN, 2012.
  • Author and Lecturer, “The Trucking Industry and the Law,” National Business Institute, Truck Accident Litigation From Start to Finish Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, 2011.
  • Author and Lecturer, “Initial Considerations for the Plaintiff in a Trucking Case,” National Business Institute, Truck Accident Litigation From Start to Finish Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, 2011.
  • Lecturer, “Punitive Damages in Truck Cases,” AAJ Advanced Trial Advocacy College: Litigating Truck Collision Cases, Kansas City, MO, 2011.
  • Panel Lecturer, “Rules in Truck Cases,” AAJ Advanced Trial Advocacy College: Litigating Truck Collision Cases, Kansas City, MO, 2011.
  • Panel Lecturer, “Current Issues in Trucking Litigation,” AAJ Advanced Trial Advocacy College: Litigating Truck Collision Cases, Kansas City, MO, 2011.
  • Author and Lecturer, “Building a Strong Foundation for Your Case,” National Business Institute, Sophisticated Tips and Strategies for Handling the Personal Injury Case Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, 2011.
  • Author and Lecturer, “Understanding the Law of Damages,” National Business Institute, Sophisticated Tips and Strategies for Handling the Personal Injury Case Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, 2011.
  • Lecturer, “Stop Leaving Money on the Table: Confessions of a Former Defense Lawyer," Michigan Assoc. of Justice, How to Settle Cases for More Money Seminar, Novi, MI, 2010.
  • Author and Lecturer, “Interstate Trucking Cases: Equipment, Reconstruction, Spoliation, and TROs,” AAJ Litigating Truck Collision Cases, New Orleans, LA, 2010.
  • Lecturer, “SOP of the Defense Trucking Attorney,” AAJ Interstate Trucking Litigation Group Members Only Seminar, New Orleans, LA, Winter 2010.
  • Author and Lecturer, “Overdriving the Headlights and Night Time Driving Issues for Interstate Trucking Cases," AAJ Annual Convention, San Francisco, 2009.
  • Lecturer, "Night Driving Issues in Interstate Trucking," Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, 2009.
  • Author, "Tips for Handling a Tractor Trailer Inspection in a Truck Crash Case," AAJ Interstate Trucking Litigation Group Newsletter (Fall), 2009.
  • Author, "When Crafting Rules of the Road, Don’t Forget the CDL Manual," AAJ Interstate Trucking Litigation Group Newsletter (Spring), 2009.
  • Chair/Moderator, AAJ Interstate Trucking Litigation Group Members Only Seminar, Chicago, IL, Fall 2008.
  • Lecturer, Insurance Coverage, IBA Bench‑Bar Conference, Cincinnati, OH, 2007.
  • Moderator/Lecturer, Pre‑Suit Settlement Techniques, IBA Bench‑Bar Conference, Bloomington, IN, 2000.

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