Press Release 


Date: September 27, 2023 

Daniel Stark Law Obtains $1.6 Million Jury Verdict in Life-Altering Drunk Driving Case 

Bryan, Texas — Daniel Stark Law has secured a significant victory for their client with a $1.6 million jury verdict in a drunk driving case. The client, a 19-year-old college student, suffered life-altering injuries as a passenger in a car driven by an intoxicated driver. 

In 2019, the plaintiff and defendant attended a party organized by a fraternity they were interested in joining. The underage plaintiff and defendant were served alcohol at the bar, and both young men consumed excessive amounts of alcohol. After, the defendant elected to drive home believing himself to be sober. 

Traffic cameras captured the moments that the defendant lost control of the vehicle, resulting in a high-speed crash into a tree. The impact caused the plaintiff to sustain a severe traumatic brain injury, with emergency professionals uncertain if he would survive the crash scene. 

Due to his brain injury, the plaintiff now faces permanent mental impairment and will need lifelong assistance with daily tasks. His cognitive abilities have been severely affected, preventing him from living independently. 

Daniel Stark Law filed a lawsuit on behalf of their client against multiple parties, including the bar, the fraternity chapter, and the drunk driver. The claims against the bar and fraternity chapter were settled for confidential amounts prior to trial. 

The Daniel Stark team, led by attorneys Michael Bristow and Zain Pleuthner, pursued the case in trial. The jury ultimately awarded the plaintiff $1,680,784.00 for his past and future physical pain, mental anguish, physical impairment, and loss of earning capacity. 

Per Attorney Bristow: “Daniel Stark Law is aggressively committed to holding all responsible parties accountable for drunk driving crashes and ensuring our clients receive full value for their injuries. This recent verdict serves as a reminder of the perils of drunk driving and underage drinking. We hope this verdict will encourage students, fraternities, and bars to make better decisions for the good of themselves and for the community at large.”  

About Daniel Stark:   

Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers is dedicated to fighting for injured individuals in Texas and supporting them in their recovery from injuries caused by negligence. Founded by friends Danny Daniel and Jonathan Stark, the firm is on a mission to protect clients from getting screwed by big insurance companies. With a team of experienced legal professionals, Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers specializes in personal injury cases and proudly serves multiple locations across Texas, including North and South Austin, Bryan, Killeen, Waco, and Tyler. 

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Linda McMillan 
Public Communications Director