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Terry Buller

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Terry Buller's Results

$28 Million

Settlement in excess of $28,000,000

Exact settlement amount is confidential but exceeded $28 million. Confidential settlement against a health maintenance organization for failing to supervise a surgeon who performed inappropriate procedures on female urology patients causing significant, permanent injuries Including chronic incontinence. Claims involved more than 80 patients and reflected an aggravated liability situation since the health care organization was familiar with the surgeon’s recreational drug use but failed to monitor and concealed his conduct, training and experience.

$3 Million

Medical Malpractice

Settlement Award: $3 Million | Stipulated Judgment

Medical malpractice case vs midwife for birthing malpractice

$2.7 Million

Medical Malpractice

Settlement Award: $2.7 Million | Childbirth Catastrophic Injury

Med Mal case from birthing malpractice causing hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and paralysis of newborn.

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Terry Buller was born in Cleveland Ohio in 1950, spent his childhood in Buffalo New York until his family moved to California when he was 12. He attended Serra high school in San Mateo and grew up in San Bruno.

As the oldest of seven children, he had to work in a gas station to support himself through college. He was the first in his family to graduate, magna sum laude, from San Francisco State University. He began a graduate school program in experimental psychology, but changed paths after a year to enter law school.

He went to law school at the University of San Francisco where he participated in law review, a participatory course at the California Atty. Gen.’s office and especially enjoyed acting as a mentor/tutor for special admission first-year students. He worked the last year of law school as a law clerk in a prestigious Oakland law firm specializing in personal injury cases. He became a member of the California State Bar December of 1976 and had his first personal injury trial in January of 1977. (He won the product liability case against Coca-Cola and has continued to receive client referrals from the East Bay community ever since)

Terry has been exclusively representing persons who are the victims of negligence since 1976; medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, products liability, airplanes, motorcycles, boats, bicycles, pedestrians, workplace accidents, legal malpractice etc.

Areas of Practice

  • Auto Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Maritime Personal Injury
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Biking Accidents
  • Premises Liability/Slip and Fall
  • Dog Bites/Attacks
  • Medical Malpractice

Honors and Awards

  • “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Northern California Superlawyers
  • AV Preeminent 2022

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (Sustaining Member)
  • American Association For Justice
  • Alameda County Bar Association (Interprofessional Committee; Lawyer Referral Service, former chairperson)
  • Alameda County Superior Court, settlement Commissioner, arbitrator.

Community Activities

  • Founding member of Students Run Oakland, and outreach program or underserved students in Oakland schools.
  • Running for a Better Oakland (RBO), mentor since the beginning of the program.
  • Oakland Yellowjackets.


  • Grandfather of four boys.
  • Lifetime runner.
  • Road bike rider.
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