As a trial attorney with commercial pilot certification in single-engine and multi-... more
As a trial attorney with commercial pilot certification in single-engine and multi-engine airplanes, an instrument rating, and an active flight instructor's license, I havea depth of understandingon the legal responsibilities of manufacturers, pilots, air traffic controllers, owners, operators, maintenance facilities, and others in the aviation realm. For a full bio,please go to the Slac... view profile
I am founding and managing partner of Slack & Davis, L.L.P., and focus on the most... more
I am founding and managing partner of Slack & Davis, L.L.P., and focus on the most demanding areas of civil litigation, including aviation law and products liability cases against major corporations. I have been named for the past 13 years to The Best Lawyers in America and to Super Lawyers. In 2012, I was named one of Texas’ Top 100 Lawyers by Super Lawyers. I am a Civil Trial Advocate as cert... view profile
I lead Slack & Davis' diverse personal injury practice, representing victims of life-... more
I lead Slack & Davis' diverse personal injury practice, representing victims of life-altering and catastrophic incidents in the areas of wrongful death cases and product liability litigation. I am an AV®-rated attorney (Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings) and board-certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
I currently represent clients in a range of litigation matters, including complex... more
I currently represent clients in a range of litigation matters, including complex aviation-related business litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, as well as products liability and catastrophic personal injury litigation, through both trial and appeal. I was named "Best of the Best" in the area of Civil Litigation by the Texas Lawyers Group in 2012 and selected for Rising Star ... view profile
Attorney Michael Ely received his undergraduate degree in 1999 from Harding... more
Attorney Michael Ely received his undergraduate degree in 1999 from Harding University. While incollege, Michael Ely worked as a White House intern under President Clinton and as a congressional intern with Congressman Vic Snyder’s office. Michael Ely received his law degree in 2002 from George Washington University located in Washington, DC. While in law school, Mr. Ely worked for the Equal Em... view profile
I'm proud to have been recognized by Rising Star Super Lawyers each year since 2006.... more
I'm proud to have been recognized by Rising Star Super Lawyers each year since 2006. This distinction names the top 2.5 percent of lawyers in Texas who are younger than 40 or have been in practice fewer than 10 years. In my aviation cases, I represent clients on both the plaintiff and defense sides of the bar concerning a range of aircraft from large commercial airframe jets to light and... view profile
Aviation law provides rules for operating airplanes and other aircraft, and regulates airline flights. Airport construction, operation, and maintenance are also governed by aviation law. If you are a pilot, aviation law tells you the proper take-off and landing procedures, what to include in flight plans and where to file them, what altitudes to fly at, and whether instrument-only flight is possible. If there is an aviation accident, the person responsible—whether it's the baggage handler, the airplane mechanic, the flight controller, or the pilot—is often easily identified by their failure to follow specified flight procedures. There can be many factors in an aviation accident, so an aviation lawyer is often very helpful.