Paula Knippa

Paula Knippa represents 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. Paula was named “Best of the Best” in the area of Civil Litigation by the Texas Lawyers Group in 2012 and selected for Rising Star Super Lawyers (2013-2014).

Practice Areas
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin
  • J.D. (with honors), The University of Texas School of Law

Paula was a well-regarded member of the Texas Law Review. In fact, her paper, “Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine and the Circumforaneous Litigant,” not only received an “outstanding note” award from the outgoing editorial board of the Texas Law Review, it was selected for publication by the incoming editorial board of the Review (Texas Law Review, April 2007, Volume 85, Number 5) as well.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Slack & Davis, Paula, an accredited Spanish-to-English translator, ran a successful translation practice, assisting companies with oil & gas and other energy-related business in Central and South America.  As a translator, she had a unique opportunity to address legal issues and concerns frequently raised in commercial transactions.

Representative Work (cases)

Because of the national scope of Slack & Davis’ aviation practice in particular, Paula has developed extensive experience in both federal court and multi-state practice.  She is especially well-versed in analyzing, briefing and resolving such complex issues as forum non conveniens, choice-of-law considerations and disputes, Montreal and Warsaw convention interpretations, federal jurisdiction questions and Daubert analyses.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

  • “Avoiding Trial By Error: 50 Ways to Keep Your Attorney Out of Trouble” (Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar; October 1, 2014; Austin, TX)
  • “Recent Developments in Aviation and Space Law”(American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Fall Meeting; October 15-19, 2014; Napa, CA)

Past Speaking Engagements

Professional and Community Activities
  • American Association for Justice
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association

In addition to her active practice at Slack & Davis, Paula is committed to supporting the heroic efforts of Volunteer Legal Services (VLS) of Austin on behalf of low-income individuals who would otherwise be denied the benefit of legal representation. She has achieved successful outcomes on behalf of VLS clients and hopes to continue to do so in the future. 


  • Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court, whose mission is “to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and legal skills for practitioners, judges and professors in order to enhance the quality, availability and efficiency of justice in the United States.”
  • Rising Star Super Lawyers – 2013-2014

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