918-587-3407 jfbufogle@msn.com

Attorney | Mediation | Settlement Judging

Who You Hire Matters

Who the lawyer is determines whether your case is simply settled or you get the largest outcome. We do not take “impossible to win” cases. Every time we go to court, we go to win.

Your story must first be understood and then communicated with accuracy and passion. At Bufogle and Associates, we have more than thirty years of experience in “getting the story right” on our client’s behalf.

Your situation calls for strategic thinking and attention to detail. We strive to perfect the art and science of complex case management. As your lawyer, I will have an unwavering commitment from start to finish.

– Joseph Bufogle

 

jfbufogle@msn.com
2405 East Skelly Drive
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74105
Telephone: 918-587-3407
Fax: 918-587-3437

Facilitated by Joseph Bufogle, we now offer mediation and/or settlement judging services in a low-cost, practical and non-challenging environment. Mr. Bufogle is known for quickly getting to the essence of disputes and identifying the primary drivers for the involved parties.

What is the real issue here?
“In their deep recesses, both parties have expectations of what is acceptable and those expectations drive their respective positions.”

Joe Bufogle brings a fresh and exciting perspective that has been highly successful in reaching the foundation of experience that ultimately brings the parties together.

Experienced |Track Record |Independent | Low-Cost Solution

The Cost of Mediation
Review of up to fifteen pages of pre-mediation documents: $250.00
Mediation session: $300.00 per hour.

Time – The time taken will be for as long as it takes to overcome resolution challenges. That may be an hour or more or perhaps a day depending on the nature of disputes or the effort required.

Results – We will not quit until a resolution becomes impossible.

We offer a convenient setting @ I-44 and Lewis with weekends and evening availabilities.

Verdicts and Settlements

The following are only a few examples of outcomes experienced by the clients of Bufogle & Associates, P.C. in the past decades of the firm’s practice. These entries account for a fraction of the results, but show a broad view of the resolutions. Mr. Bufogle has practiced in this arena for more than 30 years, in addition to his claims management experience, and looks back with great satisfaction at accomplishments for his clients in literally thousands of cases, trials and claims. The most recent Striker Rejuvenate case settlements and trials are now commencing. Those results will be posted in future updates.

$525,000 


2015
Motor Vehicle Product Liability $525,000 in pre-trial resolution for the family of a deceased 21 year old passenger, due to a defective passenger restraint system, against a major motor vehicle manufacturer.

US District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma

$300,000 


2015
Stryker Rejuvenate/ABSIII product liability settlement $300,000 resolution for a revised, defective hip implant to a 40 year old surgical nurse.

US District Court, Minnesota District

$200,000


2015
Motor Vehicle Uninsured Motorist Claim and Bad Faith Claim pre-trial resolution of a total claim of $200,000 against major insurer of automobiles, involving severe impact, head and body injuries to 49 year old American Airlines maintenance department supervisor/employee.

Tulsa County District Court, Oklahoma

$4.9 Million


2014
Trucking Injury Dispute $4.9 million in pre-trial resolution for deceased trucker’s estate

US District Court, Western District of Oklahoma

$1.0 Million


2014
Highway Construction Worker $1.0 million in pre-trial resolution for inured worker

MacIntosh County District Court, Oklahoma

$300,000 


2014
Settlement of Motor Vehicle caused Fibromyalgia Injury $300,000 resolution after commencement of trial

Pittsburgh County District Court, Oklahoma

$375,000


2013
Under-insured Motor vehicle policy  $375,000 resolution for rollover accident killing 21 year old student, with subsequent claim for products liability against auto manufacturer pending

Tulsa County District Court, Oklahoma

$450,000


2013
Death Claim of Bereaved Husband Pretrial resolution of all policy limits of $450,000 due to spouse’s sudden death in his presence while trapped in damaged vehicle due to intersection collision

Creek County District Court, Oklahoma

$140,000


2013
Arbitration Construction Claim Trial  Represented contractor to $140,000 verdict; Defended contractor from tort counter claim in arbitration proceedings; seven day trial

Arbitration, Tulsa County, Oklahoma

$200,000


2012
$200,000 pre-suit resolution 
of claim for motor vehicle caused back injury resulting in $23,000 chiropractic treatment service bill.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

$1.0 Million +


2012
Product Liability claim settlement against drug manufacturer and clinical trials center for improper administration of protocols and negligent monitoring of test drugs to advanced aged Alzheimer patient causing severe pancreatic disease. Resolution involved cash compensation and set aside for complete future care and attention, valued over $1,000,000

Tulsa, Oklahoma

$27,500


2011
Motor Vehicle Collision Jury Verdict  Four days trial to a verdict of $27,500 in a negligence contested, intersection collision involving soft tissue back injuries to plaintiff client, during the week of the 9/11/11’s World Trade Center disaster. Subsequent attorney fees award by District Judge.

Tulsa County District Court, Oklahoma

$145,000


2010
Tempromandibular Joint Injury, due to Motor Vehicle Collision $145,000 resolution of client’s “light impact” collision caused TMJ condition; case included bad faith claims against client’s underinsured motorist insurance carrier.

Tulsa County District Court, Oklahoma

$12.6 Million 


2009
Trucking-Spinal Cord Injury Dispute $12.6 Million pre-trial resolution of complete spinal cord injury claim

US District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma

$200,000


2008
Bad Faith $200,000 pre-trial resolution; automobile soft tissue injury; 26 year old female passenger with $24,000 in collision related soft tissue injury medical expenses claimed $25,000 limits for her underinsured motorist coverage, was denied. Bufogle & Associates advocated for her in claims of unfair practices by her major insurance carrier.

Creek County District Court, Oklahoma

$145,000


2008
Bad Faith $145,000 pre-trial resolution; automobile low back disc injury to 48 year old male, with $18,000 medical bills who unable to obtain a reasonable offer from his underinsured motorist carrier. Bufogle & Associates advocated for him in claims of unfair practices.

$4.9 Million 


2007
Automobile Injury and Insurance Resolution  $4.9 Million resolution; husband, wife and daughter all severely injured by escaping criminal on highway; trial resolution for coverage limit of $3,500,000 and Bad Faith claim pre-trial resolution of $1.4 Million

$1.12 Million


2005
Product Liability $1.12 Million jury verdict in case involving pyrotechnic material (indoor fireworks) caused asphyxiation during rodeo event involving death of 39 year old attendee.

Tulsa County District Court, Oklahoma

$1.8 Million


2001
Structured Settlement  $1.8 Million resolution; Bad Faith health insurance claim; wrongful denial of cancer treatment

US District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma

 

$46,000


1999
Grocery Store Slip and Fall Jury Verdict $46,000 resolution; 50 year old patron falls in entryway and is injured despite warning markers displayed

Tulsa County District Court, Oklahoma

$145,000


1997
Automobile Accident Jury Verdict $145,000 resolution; Fibromyalgia injury and psychological disorders arising out of motor vehicle collision involving 39 year old professional client

US District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma

Insurance Policy Disputes

Construction Law

Trucking Cases

Premises Liability

Automobile Claims

Catastrophic Conditions

School Liability Law

Personal Injury

Practice Areas

Contracts in Construction Law

State and District Court
Trials and Arbitrations



Dispute Resolution

Settlement Judge for Civil Cases


State & Federal Court Practice

State & Federal Court Practice Trials, Jury & Bench; Appeals


Premises Liability

Trip/Slip and Fall
Premises Contamination

 
Insurance Policy Disputes

Commercial
Health
Automobile
Homeowners
Disability
Life
Accident
Fire
Loss Income
Business Interruption
Casualty Claims
Inland Marine
Examinations Under Oath
Contractors General Liability


Government Liability

School Liability Law
Federal Tort Claims Act

Automobile Claims

Bodily Injury
Major Crashes
Uninsured/Under-
    insured Motorists
Property Damage Disputes


Trucking Cases interstate/local

Multi-state/National practice


 Insurance Bad Faith

All types of Policies
Tortuous Delay, Failure to Pay


State & Federal Court Practice

State & Federal Court Practice Trials, Jury & Bench; Appeals

Personal Injury

Injury to Minors



Catastrophic Conditions

Spinal Cord Conditions
Brain Damage
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Disabling Conditions Drowning/Near Drowning
Post Traumatic Stress/
   Psychological
Victims of Crime

 

 

 

Joseph Francis Bufogle, Sr.

Professional Position

Attorney
Corporate Shareholder
Director
President
Bufogle & Associates, P.C. Attorneys

Professional Experience

August 2008 to Present

Bufogle & Associates, P.C.
Shareholder, director, operator and trial counsel of a general practice law firm. Areas of practice include federal and state courts, litigation, civil appeals, trials, arbitrations, insurance law, personal injury law, construction, contracts, tort claims, settlement judging and mediation/alternative dispute resolution.

June 1997 to August 2008

Howard, Widdows & Bufogle, P.C.
1500 Bank of America Center
15 West Sixth Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74119

Shareholder, director, operator and trial counsel of an 18 attorney, general practice, law firm. Areas of practice include federal and state courts, litigation, civil appeals, trials, insurance law, personal injury law, mediation/settlement judging, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and estate litigation

April 1988 to June 1997

Bufogle and Associates, Attorneys
3105 East Skelly Drive, Suite 600, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74105
Sole Proprietor, Private Practicing Attorney

Sole owner and chief trial counsel of a four lawyer, general practice law firm, maintaining 13 staff members and individual/commercial clients, providing representation in approximately 400 concurrent legal cases

October 1985 to April 1988

Howard and Widdows, P.C.
2021 South Lewis, Suite 570, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74101
Associate Attorney

General civil practice trial lawyer/associate in Tulsa area law firm

April 1982 to March 1984

Lloyd’s General Insurance Agency and Equity Fire and Casualty Company
1204 South Harvard
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74112

Insurance Claim Supervisor and Adjuster
Responsible for claims handling, litigation supervision, acting claims department management, adjuster training, policy drafting and independent adjuster supervision in home office of a multiple lines insurance company

1980 to 1982

American International Adjustment Company
6016 South Lewis, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136

Resident Claims Representative
Tulsa Multi-lines claim adjuster for American International Group, a commercial property and casualty group of insurance companies

1977 to 1979

General Adjustment Bureau (GAB Business Services, Inc.)
Amarillo, Texas

Insurance Claims Adjuster

Multi-lines claim adjuster for this national independent insurance adjustment company. Also conducted catastrophe claims assessments and adjustments in several states for both property and casualty claims

Professional Associations

  • Member 1983 – present, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Member 1984- present, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, AAJ
  • Member 1983- present, American Bar Association Member: Tort and Insurance Litigation Section
  • Member 1984-present, Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, OAJ, Board of Directors
  • 1996- present, Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, OAJ, Chairman
  • 1997-1998, Chairman, Speakers Bureau Moderator
  • 1996-2002, Tulsa Trial Lawyers Breakfast Seminar Committee, Chairman
  • Member 1977-1985, Tulsa Claims Association
  • Member 1979-1996, Oklahoma Claims Association
  • Volunteer Legal Counsel to Personnel “Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act,” assistance to Families of Operation Desert Shield/Storm and aftermath
  • Member 1983-1997, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International
  • Member Tulsa County Bar Association, Legal Services of Eastern Oklahoma, Legal Care Provider for the Elderly

Community Associations

  • Member 2009- present, Homeowners Association
  • Member, Board of Directors 1981-1992, Century XXI Homeowners Association, (Past Vice President and Treasurer) Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Member, Board of Directors 1986-1987, Timberbrook Homeowners Association Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
  • Board Chairman, President 1989- present, Heritage-West Art, Inc., An Oklahoma corporation, Tulsa, Oklahoma, dedicated to the education, preservation and advancement of art and antiqueMember Volunteer
  • Income Tax Assistance Program Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Lifetime Member, Alpha Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity
  • Member, Board of Directors 1993-present, Brandy Chase Owners Association, Tulsa, Oklahoma (past Vice-President)
  • Member, Board of Directors 2001- present, Lawyer for Center for Counseling and Education, Inc., a Pastoral Counseling Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Member, Board of Directors 2009- present, 26 Oaks Owners Association, an office complex, Vice-President

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Commendation Volunteer Lawyers Program
    Co-sponsored by the Tulsa County Bar Association and Legal Services of Eastern Oklahoma, Inc.

  • Award Special Assistant to the Governor of Oklahoma, November 1987

  • Certificate of Appreciation Tulsa County Bar Association, 1987

  • Certificate of Meritorious Service University of Tulsa College of Law, April 1981

  • Certificate of Appreciation Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, 1999

  • National Registry of Who’s Who Member, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and Accepted as Life Member, Year 2000

  • Letters of Recognition, Tulsa County District Court Judges, for meritorious services as Adjunct Settlement Judge, Early Settlement Program, 2011-present

  • Marquis Who’s Who Member, 2000

  • Stratmore’s Who’s Who Member, 2000-2001, Millennium Edition

  • Kingston’s Who’s Who Member, 2001

Admitted to Practice Law

  • December 1983 to Present;  Oklahoma Supreme Court
  • June 1984 to Present;  United States District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • June 1985 to Present; United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Denver, Colorado
  • January 1988 to Present; United States District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma, Muskogee, Oklahoma
  • June 1990 to Present; United States Supreme Court, Washington, DC
  • May 1991 to Present; United States District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Lectures, Publications and Papers

  • Basic Adjuster’s Instructor and Lecturer “Basic Adjuster School”
    Equity Fire and Casualty Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies Tulsa, OklahomaSpeaker “Insurance Cases” with Paul T. Boudreaux J.D.
  • Tulsa Chapter of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters 1990 States District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Speaker “Personal Injury Case Management” Oklahoma Junior College, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Instructor “Personal Insurance”
    Tulsa Junior College, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Fall Semester
  • Author and Speaker “Legal Trends, Techniques and Update”
    Oklahoma Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Muskogee and Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Author “Insurance Claims and Disputes in Personal Injury Claims”
    Oklahoma Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Author and Speaker “Discovery: Objectives of the Plaintiff Practitioner in Discovering Bad Faith Pattern” Lorman Education Services, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Speaker “Managing the Auto Accident Soft Tissue Injury Case to Maximize Recovery” Tri-Med Tulsa Rehabilitation Institute, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Author and Speaker “Litigating the Bad Faith Case: Discovery Techniques”
    Oklahoma Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Do’s and Don’t’s to Plaintiff Trial Lawyers” with the Hon. J. Kent Frizzell Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “What to do in Sexual Harassment” with J. Patrick Cremin, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Discovery on Medical and Hospital Negligence” with Lisa Riggs, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Use of Computers in the Courtroom” with Gary Brooks, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “View from the Bench” with Hon. Ned Turnbull and Hon. Jane Wiseman Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Modern Research in the Prevalence, Suggested Treatment and Setback Rates of Soft Tissue Injuries” with Craig R. Wolff, M.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Avoiding Malpractice and Other Legal Alligators” with Rex Travis, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “How to Take Care of Your Number One Client – You” with Sandra Henderson, M.S., CPA Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Practical Aspects of Evaluating a Potential Employment Law Case from the Perspective of the Plaintiff’s Lawyer” with Don Bingham, J.D.;
    Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Program Coordinator “Trial Lawyers Judicial Candidates Forum” with Hon. Deborah Shallcross, Hayden Downie, J.D., Hon. Ronald Shaffer, John Street, J.D., Hon. Linda Morrisey, Hon. Gordon McAllister, Hon. David Winslow, Terry Webber, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Fundamentals of a Premises Liability Claim” with Greg A. Farrar, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Impeaching the Daubert Defendant through the Mouths of the Defendant’s Own Witnesses” with
    Greg Haubrich, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Ins and Outs of Burch v. AllState Insurance Company” with Joe Clark, J.D. and Dennis King, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Using the Internet for Advantage in the Plaintiff’s Practice” with Alfred Kent Morlan, J.D.; Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Speaker “Checklist for Handling an Automobile Injury Case”
    Tulsa County Bar Association Solo Practitioner Section, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Effective Workers Compensation Tools for the Trial Lawyer” with Lewis Berkowitz, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “An Overview of Davis v. Farmers Insurance Group’, Reflections of a Winner” with John T. Edwards, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “How to Deliver the Death Blow in Jury Trials” with Mike Jones, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Ethics in the Courtroom” with Steven K. Balman, J.D.
    Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Results Oriented Settlement Packages” with Guy Fortney, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “What to Expect in the Tulsa Criminal Justice System for the Seasoned Criminal Law Practitioner” with Allen Smallwood, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “What the General Practitioner Needs to Know about Criminal Defense” with Allen Smallwood, J.D.
    Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “New Developments in Cross Examining the Defendant’s Medical Advocate” with Chris Knight, J.D.
    and Mark Stanley, J.D.,
    Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Working with the Media in Litigation Issues” with Douglas Dodd, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Child Injury Prevention: What the Trial Lawyers Should Know” with Mark Brandenburg, M.D.
  • Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Limits of Zealous Advocacy in Discovery” with Steven K. Balman, J.D.Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Avoiding Alligators-Malpractice Avoidance in Tort and Insurance Cases” with Rex K. Travis, J.D.Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Admission/Overruling of Trial Evidence: A Judge’s Perspective” with Hon. P. Thomas Thornbrugh Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Whiplash Epidemiology and Biomechanics; Dispelling the Myths” with Robert J. Fenell, D.C. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Speaker “Legal Testimony by the Internal Medicine Resident” with Lucy Kroblin, J.D. and R.L. Mayer, M.D., Tulsa, Oklahoma Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • Moderator and Speaker “Legislative Update” with Vicky White-Rankin, OTLA Lobbyist and Pat Carr, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Medical Art Enhancement of Demonstrative Aides” with Hoyt Smith, M.A., M.E., M.F.A. d/b/a Medical & Legal Graphics, Inc., Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Moderator and Speaker “Discovery” with: Arnold Levinson, J.D.; (“Deposition the Insurance Company Claims Adjuster,”); Hon. P. Thomas Thornbrugh (“Fire and Ice”); and Greg Robinson, B.B.S. d/b/a T.R. Legal, Inc., (“Technology in the Courtroom.”) Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Winter Meeting, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma