Meet Our Attorneys

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R. James Amaro – Founder and Principal Attorney

R. James Amaro founded the Amaro Law Firm in 2005 after leaving his position as an attorney at a defense law firm. Mr. Amaro has successfully represented thousands of people and businesses in various legal matters, including personal injury claims, business disputes, insurance claims, hurricane claims, and commercial litigation. He has helped clients overcome disasters such as the BP refinery explosion in Texas City, Texas, in 2005, Hurricane Ike in 2008, and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

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David Miller – Managing Attorney

A native of Monroe, Louisiana, David Miller graduated Magna Cum Laude from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. As a student at the University of Alabama School of Law, Mr. Miller spent a semester working in the Elder Law Clinic, a program designed to provide pro bono legal services to members of the community over sixty years of age who could not afford legal representation on their own. After graduating law school and passing the bar exam, Mr. Miller helped clients who had filed insurance claims after a devastating series of tornadoes struck the Tuscaloosa area in April 2011. He joined the Amaro Law Firm in the summer of 2013, where he helps clients with claims stemming from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Zachary D. Norris – Of Counsel

Zach Norris blends the courage and determination of a West Texas gunslinger with the skill and knowledge of an experienced trial attorney. Mr. Norris grew up in Odessa, Texas, the city made famous by the film “Friday Night Lights.” He graduated from Texas Tech University with Magna Cum Laude honors and obtained his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Norris previously worked for a large maritime insurance defense firm. Today, he applies that knowledge to the benefit of his clients to ensure that they receive the maximum compensation available for their injuries.

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Kara L. Kellogg – Associate

Kara L. Kellogg is a trial lawyer who currently represents plaintiffs involved in Civil Litigation. As a plaintiffs’ attorney, she has handled a wide variety of civil litigation lawsuits. While working at a nationally recognized plaintiffs’ firm, she handled over 15,000 Transvaginal Mesh cases by playing a pivotal role in the review, evaluation and management of medical records. Prior to this, Kara managed a massive docket of over 500 plaintiffs involved in first party bad faith insurance disputes as a result of suffering damages due to Hurricane Ike. Other types of cases she has handled, include, but are not limited to, pharmaceutical lawsuits, personal injury, construction and commercial litigation.

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Ashlee Dunham – Associate

Ashlee E. Dunham graduated from the University of North Texas (UNT) in December of 2003 with a B.A. in Philosophy. She then pursued additional graduate work in Environmental Ethics from 2004-2006 at UNT, one of the nation’s top ten schools in the field. Driven by her inherent sense of justice, Ms. Dunham began law school at South Texas College of Law in August of 2010, graduating and becoming licensed in the State of Texas in 2013. Ms. Dunham has experience handling civil rights cases, first-party bad faith insurance claims, mass torts, and personal injury matters related to bad pharmaceuticals, product defects, commercial motor vehicle collisions, toxic plant releases, premises liability, dog bite injuries, food poisoning, and catastrophic work injuries. She joined the team at Amaro Law Firm in October of 2016 and looks forward to sharing her passion and hard work with our clients.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are a serious public health problem in the United States and it is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, accounting for 30% of all injury related deaths.1

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is constantly referred to as the “silent epidemic” for two reasons: (1) Its complications, which can include changes affecting thinking, language, or emotions, may not be readily apparent; and (2) Awareness regarding TBI among the general public is very limited.

Do you know that 1.692 million people in the US sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) annually? Of which:

  • 52,000 die, which means that approximately 142 people die every day from injuries related to TBI.
  • 275,000 are actually admitted into a hospital.
  • 1.365 million are treated and released from ER – without ever being admitted.

Who is at Highest Risk?2

  • Males are 1.5 times more likely to sustain TBI than females.
  • The elderly (65 years and older) and persons in the age group 15–24 sustain the highest rates of Traumatic Brain Injury related deaths and hospitalizations.
  • Infants and young children (0–14 years) Traumatic Brain Injuries result in approximately 2,700 deaths, 37,000 hospitalizations, and 435,000 ER visits annually.

Additional Information

  • People who survive a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may have to endure disabilities for the rest of their lives, which can range from changes affecting personality, thinking, sensations, language, or emotions to epilepsy, and even coma.
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans currently have a long–term or lifelong need of assistance to perform activities of daily living as a result of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).3
  • In 2000, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) reportedly cost $60 billion in direct medical expenses and indirect expenses such as lost productivity.4

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic injury, we recommend that you seek a medical evaluation as soon as possible. In addition, we suggest that you contact us immediately. The attorneys at the Amaro law firm have experience dealing with this type of cases, and will make sure you obtain your medical treatment as well as the compensation you are entitled to if your injury was caused by the negligence of another person. Contact us for a free case evaluation now.

1  According to the Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention (CDCP)
2  Langlois J. Rutland-Brown W, Thomas K. Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States. Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. October 2004.
3  Thurman D, Alverson C, Dunn K, Guerrero J, Sniezek J. Traumatic brain injury in the United States: a public health perspective. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 1999;14(6):602-15.
4  Finkelstein E, Corso P, Miller T and associates. The Incidence and Economic Burden of Injuries in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

What Our Clients Are Saying About Us

“Great law office, very professional, they handle my husband’s BP case and always kept contact. Thank you for all you did!!!”— Emily Gonzalez
Great Experience! James was very knowledgeable, responsive and was always accessible to answer my questions and concerns. I will definitely work with his Firm again. Thank you!— Scott
Mr Amaro is the lawyer to have on your side when it comes to understanding your client’s needs. He fought to give us the best result highly recommended.— Sam Barroso
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  • Feb15

    TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES IN NCAA SPORTS

    Overshadowed by the NFL’s $1 billion settlement, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is also facing legal intervention relating to concussions.  The NCAA allegedly failed to inform student-athletes of the risks and implement policies to protect its players from the long-term effects of concussions.  In 2010, the NCAA approved legislation requiring schools to create guidelines […]

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  • Feb10

    LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

    A majority of TBIs are mild and often confused with concussions, but TBIs can range from mild to severe.  Each TBI comes with unique circumstances which can create long-term effects unique to each individual. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a chronic health condition that is attributed to thirty percent of all injury deaths.[1]  These […]

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  • Jan9

    Suffering a TBI without a Head Injury

    Traditionally, traumatic brain injury was defined as a trauma to the head that results in a decreased level of consciousness, amnesia, other neurologic or neuropsychologic abnormalities, skull fractures, intracranial lesions, or death.[1]  Originally, a trauma or blow to the head was viewed as the only cause of a traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).  However, the modern […]

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  • Oct14

    Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

    Occurs when the injury results in loss of consciousness of greater than 24 hours, an initial Glasgow Coma Scale of 3-8, and post-traumatic amnesia period of greater than seven days. The impact of a severe brain injury can include cognitive, language, sensory, perceptual, physical and social–emotional deficits, such as: Cognitive: Attention, concentration, distractibility, memory, speed […]

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  • Oct14

    Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury

    Occurs when the injury results in a loss of consciousness of 30 minutes to 24 hours, an initial Glasgow Coma Scale of 9-12. Post-traumatic amnesia can last 24 hours to seven days. Characteristics: There are usually abnormal CT or MRI findings. Confusion may last a few days to weeks. Physical, cognitive, and/or behavioral impairments could […]

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