January 13, 2022

Dysart Taylor Managing Director David Buffo spoke with Kansas City Business Journal reporter James Dornbrook about his election to Managing Director, his immediate goals and his plans for increased inclusivity within the firm.

The interview was included in a Kansas City Business Journal feature article, Dysart  Taylor’s New Managing Director Looks to Boost Inclusiveness, published on January 12. An excerpt from the article is below.


David Buffo, a 19-year veteran commercial litigator, was elected as managing director of Kansas City-based Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Brumitt PC.

Buffo brings a mix of legal and business management experience to leading an office with 21 attorneys and 32 total employees. Before his legal career, which included time with Berkowitz Oliver LLP, Husch Blackwell LLP and The Miller Law Firm, Buffo spent about 10 years working in manufacturing. He was focused primarily on sales and marketing, including time in a management position.

One of the biggest leadership lessons Buffo learned many years ago was to treat everyone in an organization – from the top down – with the same level of respect.

“Lawyers often become the face of a law firm, but a firm doesn’t operate without all of its people, including the ladies who come in and clean our offices at night, to our paralegals, assistants, document clerks, etc.,” Buffo said. “Everyone has a role, and everybody should be recognized and appreciated. I want everybody in this firm to understand and realize that I truly believe that. I’ve been that person in an organization who sometimes felt like no one cared about them, that their role is so minimal that no one knows your name or that you exist, and that’s not a feeling I want anyone in this firm to have.”

Read the full article at Kansas City Business Journal.