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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 certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and am certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law.


My aviation law experience includes more than 27 years of complex litigation arising from air crashes. My 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, I have successfully obtained recoveries in numerous product liability cases against aircraft and component manufacturers. More details can be found at


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Contact info

Slack & Davis, L.L.P.

2705 Bee Cave Road
Suite 220
Austin, TX, 78746-5685

Slack & Dallas, L.L.P. (Dallas)

2911 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX, 75219

Slack & Davis, L.L.P. (Fort Worth)

100 Lexington St.
Suite 70
Fort Worth, TX, 76102


Practice areas


  1. Aviation: 100%
    33 years

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in America (1997 - 2010)Woodward/White, Inc.N/A
Top 100 Lawyers in Texas (2012)Thomson ReutersN/A
Top 50 Lawyers in Central and West Texas (2012 - 2013)Thomson ReutersN/A
Texas Super Lawyers (2003 - 2013)Thomson ReutersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerSlack & Davis, L.L.P.1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of DirectorsN/A
Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M UniversityAdvisory CouncilN/A
Texas Pattern Jury Committee, Volume IVice ChairN/A
International Society of Air Safety InvestigatorsMemberN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
American Astronautical SocietyMemberN/A
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)Associate FellowN/A
Lawyer Pilots Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Associaton for JusticeBoard of GovernorsN/A
AIAA National Technical Committee, Legal Aspects of Aeronautics and AstronauticsMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Reno Air Race DisasterFunds 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 331All cases resolved for confidential amounts.
American Airlines Flight 587The firm’s cases settled for confidential amounts.
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Publication nameTitleDate
State Bar of Texas presentationOverview of Preemption in Aviation Product Liability Cases2008
American Association for Justice Aviation Section NewsletterAir Ambulance Operations: Too Little, Too Late2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawN/AN/A1983
Texas A&M UniversityAerospace EngineeringOther - BachelorsN/A
Texas A&M UniversityAerospace EngineeringMaster'sN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
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