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Michael L. Slack

Aviation Attorney at Austin, TX

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Practice areas
  1. Aviation
    Michael Slack focuses on the most challenging and demanding areas of civil litigation, including aviation law and product liability cases against major U.S. corporations. More details at

    40 years

  2. Personal injury

Mike Slack is the founding and managing partner of Slack Davis Sanger, L.L.P., and focuses on the most demanding areas of civil litigation, including aviation law and products liability cases against major corporations. A licensed pilot and former NASA aerospace engineer, Mike combines his technical knowledge and skills with his extensive litigation and trial experience for the benefit of his clients. 

Mike's legal experience includes more than 35 years of litigating and trying lawsuits arising from catastrophic injuries and deaths due to the neglect of others or unsafe products. For most of his legal career, he has concentrated his practice on a diverse array of cases arising from crashes of aircraft and helicopters. In addition to providing the highest-quality legal services, Mike believes that it is his firm's responsibility not just to serve as our clients' legal advocate, but also to provide a comprehensive support system for our clients who have experienced a tragedy in their lives.

Going back to his roots as an engineer with NASA, Mike is a problem solver. In every case, he looks for ways to correct deficient behavior and prevent similar accidents from happening again. He has received national media attention as an advocate for stronger federal oversight to improve aviation safety, especially in the realm of air ambulance helicopter operations.

Mike successfully obtained settlements and verdicts in numerous products liability cases against aircraft and component manufacturers. In one products liability case against a helicopter manufacturer, he was able to negotiate a voluntary recall program, which afforded owners of a particular model of helicopter an opportunity to obtain a redesigned, more crashworthy fuel system to reduce the likelihood of post-crash fires.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mike was a senior aerospace engineer at NASA, where he worked on the Apollo-Soyuz and Space Shuttle programs and received special recognition from NASA for his contributions. In 2002, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics named Mike an Associate Fellow, a unique honor for an attorney. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. In 2014, he received the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award from the university's Department of Aerospace Engineering in the Dwight Look College of Engineering.

Mike is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate and by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law.

Recent commercial aviation cases include the crashes of American Airlines Flight 331, American Connection Flight 5966, American Airlines Flight 587, and American Airlines Flight 1420. In addition, he has successfully obtained recoveries in numerous product liability cases against aircraft and component manufacturers. More details can be found at

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Licensed for 39 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1983
Updated 01/25/2023

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Slack Davis Sanger, LLP
6001 Bold Ruler Way
Suite 100
Austin, TX, 78746
Slack Davis Sanger LLP (Dallas)
3500 Maple Ave
Suite 1250
Dallas, TX, 75219
Slack Davis Sanger LLP (Fort Worth)
100 Lexington St.
Suite 70
Fort Worth, TX, 76102
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Slack & Davis, L.L.P.
  • 1993 - Present


  • University of Texas School of Law
  • 1983
  • Texas A&M University
  • Master's
  • 1974
  • Texas A&M University
  • Bachelor's
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • Reno Air Race Disaster
  • Funds were distributed to claimants in January 2013, less than 8 months after the initial meeting with Ken Feinberg, Administrator of the Fund.
  • American Airlines Flight 331
  • All cases resolved for confidential amounts.
  • American Airlines Flight 587
  • The firm’s cases settled for confidential amounts.
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  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • American Associaton for Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • N/A
  • Lawyer Pilots Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Associate Fellow
  • N/A
  • American Astronautical Society
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • N/A
  • International Society of Air Safety Investigators
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Pattern Jury Committee, Volume I
  • Vice Chair
  • N/A
  • Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Advisory Council
  • N/A
  • AIAA National Technical Committee, Legal Aspects of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 50 Lawyers in Central and West Texas (2012 - 2016)
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Texas Super Lawyers (2003 - 2016)
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award
  • Texas A&M University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering
  • 2014
  • Who’s Who Legal Aviation
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America (1997 - 2010)
  • Woodward/White, Inc.
  • N/A
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Texas (2012)
  • Thomson Reuters
  • N/A
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  • Trial Magazine
  • A Game of Drones
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Convention, International Law Section
  • Choosing the Best Venue for the Claim and Keeping that Venue
  • 2016
  • Annual Convention, Aviation Section
  • Update of Current Preemption Issues
  • 2016
  • Advanced Personal Injury Law
  • Emerging Technology: Legal Issues Involving Drones & Autonomous Vehicles
  • 2016
  • Webinar
  • Legal Perspectives on Drone Regulation and Liabilities
  • 2015
  • SMU Air Law Symposium
  • “Countdown to Success: Preparing the Plaintiff’s Case for Trial
  • 2015
  • Advanced Personal Injury Seminar
  • Developing Strategies to Combat State and Federal Preemptive Defenses
  • 2015
  • Advanced Personal Injury Law Course
  • Art of Simplicity: Direct and Cross Examination
  • 2014
  • State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course 2013
  • "The Art of Simplicity: Litigating Complex Cases"
  • 2013
  • Order of the Daedalians
  • "Off the Record: Life as an Engineer, Pilot and Trial Lawyer"
  • 2013
  • American Bar Association CLE
  • "Emerging Technologies and Challenges in Aviation Safety"
  • 2013
  • American Bar Association National Institute on Aviation Litigation Conference
  • "Plaintiff and Damages Expert - The Complex Path to a Fair and Reasonable Damages Award"
  • 2012
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Austin Aviation Lawyer Michael L. Slack
Michael L. Slack
Aviation Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 39 years