Donna Bowen

Partner

Donna Bowen handles personal injury claims across all of Slack Davis Sanger’s practice areas, including aviation law, automobile negligence, general liability, and products liability claims. She stresses the importance of providing excellent communication to clients in order to ensure that they are kept up-to-date on the progress of their litigation and that their needs are promptly met.

Practice Areas

Airplane & Helicopter Crashes Catastrophic Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Oilfield & Construction Accidents Truck & Car Accidents

Donna Bowen

Partner

Donna Bowen handles personal injury claims across all of Slack Davis Sanger’s practice areas, including aviation law, automobile negligence, general liability, and products liability claims. She stresses the importance of providing excellent communication to clients in order to ensure that they are kept up-to-date on the progress of their litigation and that their needs are promptly met.

Practice Areas

Airplane & Helicopter Crashes Catastrophic Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Oilfield & Construction Accidents Truck & Car Accidents

Professional Background

Education

Publications

Community

Noteable Cases

Donna joined Slack Davis Sanger in 1994 and has played a significant role in resolving numerous cases in which the total settlement amount exceeded $10 million. Prior to joining Slack Davis Sanger, Donna worked for six years in the Houston and Abilene offices of a large personal injury law firm, where her primary focus was mass litigation against U.S. railroad corporations. She served as that law firm’s point of contact for more than 300 plaintiffs and contributed to case development.

Additionally, Donna's prior professional experience includes the coordination of a statewide political campaign and nine years administering a statewide professional association, where she served as the lobbying liaison.

  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin
  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law
    • Order of the Coif
  • "Post Negotiation Actions by the Plaintiff’s Attorney" (State Bar of Texas, 2018)
  • "Don’t Let Preemption Ground Your Aviation Case" (Trial, March 2007)
  • "'Field Preemption' in Aviation Product Liability Cases" (Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Aviation Section Newsletter, 2006)
  • "Ladies and Gentlemen: This Lawsuit has been Preempted…or has it?" (Journal of Air Law and Commerce, 2007)
  • Medical Malpractice: Sufficiency of the Expert Report and Expert Qualifications — Plaintiff’s Perspective
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Tom Green County Bar Association

Dixon v. Nocona General Hospital

A nurse at Nocona General Hospital in Texas killed more than 20 people over a two-and-a-half month period by stealing bottles of Mivacron, a paralytic, from the hospital pharmacy and injecting it into patients’ IV tubes. Donna successfully represented the family of an 82-year-old woman who died as a result, as well as the last person the nurse injected, who lived. The case received significant media attention and was written about in detail in Texas Monthly.

Burgess v. Lighthouse Family Network

A 73-year-old man was stabbed to death by two teenagers who had run away from a foster care facility. The case was tried in Waco and the plaintiffs were awarded the largest wrongful-death jury verdict in the history of McLennan County, Texas. Donna represented two of the victim's three children.

Gutierrez v. Austin Independent School District

An eight-year-old girl was killed when she exited her school bus. The school district filed a plea to the jurisdiction and claimed it was immune to the suit. Not only did the trial court side with the plaintiff, but so did the Texas Court of Appeals and Texas Supreme Court, creating new case law in the state.

  • "Slack Davis Sanger represents the ultimate in professionalism combined with a true caring attitude."

    Colonel Ray Toler

    Client
  • "A disaster affecting the lives of many families led to our relationship with the Slack Davis Sanger team. While we never could be compensated fully for our loss, the team at Slack Davis Sanger removed much of the burden associated with dealing with the courts and corporate attorneys, allowing us to devote more of our attention to dealing with the very real burden of personal loss associated with losing loved ones to tragedy. They actively listened to what was important to us and crafted a legal strategy designed to meet our goals."

    Victor McLerran

    Client
  • "The whole staff at Slack Davis Sanger went above and beyond to make sure that we not only got the best settlement and verdict, but that we were aware, knowledgeable, and comfortable with all that went on before, during, and after the trial. They have the best staff — “the A team” — that anyone could ask for. They all worked hard together and still had compassion for us. They are the team you want in your foxhole."

    Leon Hagerman

    Client
  • "I know I speak for my whole family in expressing appreciation for the genuine care and support provided by Slack Davis Sanger during the lengthy process of working through our legal system. They provided frequent personal contact, without prompting, and someone was always available to answer any question or just listen to our comments and concerns. I feel that we were always treated with respect — individually and as a family."

    Larry McLerran

    Client

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV®-rated attorney
  • The Best Lawyers in America by BL Rankings (since 2018)

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