Ladd Sanger

Ladd Sanger, managing partner of our Dallas office, focuses on air crash litigation and products liability matters. He is an FAA-licensed commercial airplane pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings. He also is a licensed helicopter pilot. During his career, Ladd has litigated many airline, military and general aviation crash cases. He also has worked for a general aviation affiliate of American Airlines, where he gained a broad background in the corporate and commercial aviation industries.

Practice Areas
Education
  • B.B.A., Southern Methodist University
  • J.D., Oklahoma City University
Professional Background

Ladd has been recognized repeatedly by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, and by The Best Lawyers in America. He is an AV®-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, based on peer reviews for ability and integrity. In 2010, he served as Chair of the Aviation Law Section of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

In addition to his aviation practice, Sanger has prosecuted and tried as lead counsel products liability cases involving automobiles and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has litigated and tried cases in multiple jurisdictions in both state and federal court. He is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Colorado.

Representative Work (cases)

Estate of Robinett v. Estate of Kinikin
James Robinett was in an airplane piloted by Harvey Kinikin, Jr. Both men were killed when Mr. Kinikin attempted an unsafe, visual approach under weather conditions requiring a more sophisticated instrument approach. Slack & Davis attorneys Ladd Sanger and Paula Sweeney represented the plaintiffs in the winning (unanimous) jury verdict – the #1 aviation verdict in Texas in 2012.

Other notable cases:

  • Eurocopter EC 130 crash near Seminole, OK, January 2013
  • Beech Duke crash near Sedona, AZ, July 2012
  • Robinson R-44 in Jasper’s Brush, Australia, February 2012
  • Blue Hawaii tour helicopter crash in Pukoo Molokai, HI, November 2011
  • Reno Air Race crash in Reno, NV, September 2011
  • American Airlines Flight 331 crash in Kingston, Jamaica, December 2009
  • Cessna Caravan crash in Guatemala, August 2008
  • Air Ambulance Bell 407 crash in Flagstaff, AZ, June 2008
  • Fox 4 News helicopter crash near Dallas, TX, July 2007
  • Gol Flight 1907 crash near Mato Grosso, Brazil, November 2006
  • American Connection Flight 5966 crash in Kirksville, MO, October 2004
  • American Airlines Flight 587 crash near Rockaway, NY, November 2001 (appointed to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee)
  • Dallas Cowboys Learjet 60 in Troy, AL, January 2001
  • AirFrance Concorde crash at Charles de Gaulle Airport, France, July 2000
  • EgyptAir 990 crash off the coast of Nantucket, MA, October 1999

Note: These and many other aviation cases are profiled on the Slack & Davis aviation website

Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements

Publications


Upcoming Speaking Engagements

  • “Venue, Jurisdiction and Case Evaluation from the Plaintiff’s Perspective” (Aviation Insurance Association Annual Conference; May 3-6, 2014; Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona)


Past Speaking Engagements

  • “The Rise of the Drones: The Anticipated Proliferation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Controlled Civilian Airspace” (American Bar Association CLE; October 2013) Link to presentation recap, with video.
  • “Retaining the Aviation Law Expert” (International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association; December 2012)
  • “Ethics of Solicitation and Advertising in Aviation Disaster Cases” (American Association for Justice Convention; July 2012)
  • “A Flight School on Trial” (Flight School Association of North America, International Flight School Operators Conference; May 2012)
  • “The State of Aviation Law”(American Association for Justice Annual Convention; July 2009)
  • “Five Key Recommendations to the DOT:  A New Direction for Air Transport in America” (Aviation on Trial! Aviation Litigation Committee CLE Seminar; June 2009)
  • “Anatomy of the Aviation Expert: What You Want and What You Don’t” (American Bar Association Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Aviation and Space Law Committee; Fall 2006)
  • “Handling the Aviation Case” (Texas Trial Lawyers Association; Fall 2004)
  • “Latest in Aviation Litigation”(Texas Trial Lawyers Association; Fall 2003)
  • “Pending Carrier Litigation” (American Bar Association, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section and Aviation Litigation Committee; 2003)
Professional and Community Activities
  • American Association for Justice (Chair, Aviation Law Section, 2010)
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Aviation Insurance Association
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
Recognition
  • Super Lawyers (2008-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2004 to present)
  • Rising Star Super Lawyers (2004)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV®-rated
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