John Jose

Managing Partner, Fort Worth Office

John Jose has focused his entire career on helping clients who were seriously injured and those who lost loved ones in tragic accidents. He has deep experience handling cases arising from oilfield accidents, electrocution accidents, gas explosions, construction accidents, and heavy truck collisions, and accidents involving traumatic brain injuries. Clients want John on their side during these tough times because of his compassionate nature and his exceptional trial and negotiation skills.

Practice Areas

Catastrophic Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Oilfield & Construction Accidents Truck & Car Accidents

John Jose

Managing Partner, Fort Worth Office

John Jose has focused his entire career on helping clients who were seriously injured and those who lost loved ones in tragic accidents. He has deep experience handling cases arising from oilfield accidents, electrocution accidents, gas explosions, construction accidents, and heavy truck collisions, and accidents involving traumatic brain injuries. Clients want John on their side during these tough times because of his compassionate nature and his exceptional trial and negotiation skills.

Practice Areas

Catastrophic Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Oilfield & Construction Accidents Truck & Car Accidents

Professional Background

Education

Publications

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Notable Cases

Prior to joining Slack Davis Sanger in 2011, John was the Managing Partner of Jose, Henry, Brantley, MacLean & Alvarado, a prominent Fort Worth law firm that John founded in 1984. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

In 2016, John received the H.G. Wells Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award, presented by the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, which recognizes trial lawyers that practice law with high ethical standards and demonstrate exceptional professional conduct and trial advocacy skills.

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University
  • B.S., The University of Texas at Austin
  • "A Big Verdict Highlights Hazardous Trucking Practices" (Law360, July 2018)
  • "Strange Bedfellows — Indemnity and Insurance Agreements and their Effects on Litigants" (State Bar of Texas [SBOT] Civil Trial Law Course, 2018)
  • "Mining for Gold: Using FMCSA Rules (Among Other Things) to Help Win Your Case" (Texas Trial Lawyers Seminar, 2018)
  • "Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury Claims" (SBOT Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, 2014)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates — Fort Worth Chapter, President (2017–2018)
  • Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, President (2016)
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Director
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas

Meyer v. Cooper B-Line, Inc. et al

John currently represents an elevator service mechanic who was struck by an elevator hydraulic cylinder he was installing that fell when a metal riser clamp that was securing the cylinder failed. The mechanic suffered a near amputation and total loss of use of his dominant arm as well as a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury. John sued the manufacturer and seller of the riser clamp which had been fabricated in China claiming that a manufacturing defect from the Chinese facility’s processes caused the clamp to fail even though the weight of the suspended cylinder was well below the design load as represented by the manufacturer.

Smith v. DFW Joseph Investments

John currently represents a hotel guest who was struck by the hotel’s shuttle van as he exited the front door of the hotel resulting in multiple fractures to both legs, and ultimately in the amputation of the client’s left leg below the knee.

Mitchell/Speegle v. TR International Trading Company et al

John recently represented the family of chemical plant worker who was killed and a fellow worker who was severely burned in an explosion and fire at a chemical blending plant in Cresson, Texas. The fire and explosion occurred while employees at the plant were handling Sodium Chlorite manufactured by a company in China. John claimed the importer and distributor of the chemical failed to provide important safety warnings and instructions concerning the risk of fire and explosion from handling the chemical. John’s clients received a confidential settlement before trial with the importer and distributor of the chemical.

Bressler v. Bell Supply, et al.

John represented the children of an oilfield worker who was killed during the assembly of a drilling rig in Parker County, Texas. The floor of the rig collapsed, crushing the boys’ father. John’s clients received a confidential settlement before trial from non-employer third parties working on the well site.

Murphy v. Excel Site Rentals LLC

John recently represented an oilfield worker who was severely injured on a well site in Pennsylvania when a swivel unit unexpectedly rotated, catching the client's glove and rotating him around the swivel. John’s client received a confidential settlement before trial from the company that owned and operated the swivel.

Matagi v. Pacificorp dba Rocky Mountain Power

John represented a union electrical lineman who was working on a line belonging to a utility company in Utah. John’s client suffered severe electrical burns when he made contact with an energized electrical jumper, resulting in the amputation of his arm. John’s client alleged that the circuit had been wired contrary to accepted industry standards and should not have been energized; the case was settled before trial with compensation provided by the utility company.

Martin v. XTO Energy, Inc.

John represented an oilfield worker who was struck by highly pressurized fluid that escaped from a well site in Tarrant County, Texas, causing him to hit his head on equipment located near the well head. As a result of the incident, the client suffered an axonal shearing injury to his brain, resulting in cognitive deficits, mood and personality changes, and memory loss. Through the use of cutting-edge neuroradiology techniques, the axonal shear injury was objectively verified. John’s client received a confidential settlement before trial from non-employer third parties working at the well site.

Anthony v. Patterson-UTI Drilling

John represented an oilfield worker who suffered a head injury when he fell through an opening on a platform on an oil rig. The client suffered a head injury and memory loss. John's client received a confidential settlement before trial.

Branch v. Hoglo Transport

John represented a young woman who sustained a head injury when a car in which she was a passenger was struck by an 18-wheeler tractor that ran a red light in Tarrant County, Texas. John's client received a confidential settlement before trial.

Lane v. Ledwell Sou, et al.

John represented a water tank truck driver who suffered catastrophic injuries to his head and neck when the truck, under normal operation, experienced “sloshing” of the water in the tank, causing loss of control and rollover, thereby crushing the roof of the cab. John’s client alleges the tank truck was defectively designed due to insufficient baffling in the tank to reduce liquid movement and control difficulties. John's client received a confidential settlement before trial.

  • "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
  • "Slack Davis Sanger was excellent and cared about our feelings and listened to us about my husband’s injury from May 2014. They were very helpful and helped us from the beginning to the end of the settlement. Very friendly and courteous and will recommend to others."

    Liz and J.R. G.

    Client
  • "I cannot say enough good things about the entire staff at Slack Davis Sanger. We contacted Slack Davis Sanger to pursue a wrongful death case. They fought the greatest fight for my kids. They knew the aviation industry and left no stone unturned. Their courtroom strategy and manners are equaled by no other. Thanks for your compassion and helping us through this time."

    Kathy Hagerman

    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

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the 2016 H.G. Wells Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers (since 2003)
  • Thomson Reuters Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers (since 2013)
  • Thomson Reuters Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Super Lawyers (since 2013)
  • The Best Lawyers in America by BL Rankings (since 2005)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV®-rated attorney
  • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

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