Michael L. Slack focuses on the most challenging and demanding areas of civil litigation, including aviation law and product liability cases against major U.S. corporations. In recognition for his excellence in representing clients, he has been named by his peers for the past 13 years to The Best Lawyers in America, and to Law & Politics magazine’s Super Lawyers list (a 10-year honoree). In fact, he was included on the 2012-13 list of Super Lawyers “Top 100” attorneys in Texas as well as the “Top 50” in Central / West Texas. In addition, he is a “Civil Trial Advocate” as certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is an AV®-rated attorney (Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings).
Slack’s aviation law experience includes more than 27 years of complex litigation arising from air crashes. His recent commercial aviation cases include the crashes of American Airlines Flight 331, American Connection Flight 5966, American Airlines Flight 587, American Airlines Flight 1420 and Continental Flight 1404.* He also has successfully obtained recoveries in numerous product liability cases against aircraft and component manufacturers.
Slack is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He also is a past president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) and continues to serve on the Board of Directors for TTLA. He works actively with the Texas Legislature through TTLA to protect individual legal and consumer rights. He is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. A member of many legal associations and national, state and county bar associations, Slack has served as chair of the Aviation Law Section for the American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America). He is a member of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, the American Astronautical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). In 2002, the AIAA named Slack Associate Fellow, an honor held by only a few attorneys.
NASA Aerospace Senior Engineer
Prior to his legal career, Slack was a senior aerospace engineer with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Houston, working from 1974 to 1980 on the Apollo-Soyuz and Space Shuttle programs. He received special commendations from NASA for his contributions. Slack received his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin and was admitted to the bar in 1983. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University. He remains licensed as a professional engineer and as a pilot. *These and many other aviation cases are profiled on the Slack & Davis Aviation website.
Michael Slack’s Presentations
“Legends of the Fall” Texas Trial Lawyers Association seminar (September 6-7, 2012; Austin)
“Plaintiff and Damages Expert – The Complex Path to a Fair and Reasonable Damages Award” 2012 National Institute on Aviation Litigation conference, American Bar Association (June 7, 2012; New York City)