The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declined a request by U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett to increase oversight of hot air balloon operators. Doggett’s congressional district includes Lockhart, Texas, where 16 people died in a balloon crash on July 30, 2016. The crash was the most deadly hot air balloon accident in U.S. history. Continue reading
Attorneys Mike Davis, John Jose, Paula Knippa, Mark Pierce, Ladd Sanger, Michael Slack and Paula Sweeney were selected for inclusion on the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers list in recognition for their work in personal injury, aviation and aerospace, business litigation and product liability. Mr. Slack was also selected for inclusion on the Central Texas Region’s Top 50 list; Mr. Jose for the Dallas/Fort Worth Super Lawyers Top 100 and Texas Super Lawyers Top 100 lists; and Ms. Sweeney for the Women Texas Super Lawyers Top 50 list. Ms. Knippa was also selected as a Texas Rising Star.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of the top five percent of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Michael Slack, Mike Davis, Ladd Sanger, Paula Sweeney and John Jose were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. Mr. Slack has been listed for 23 years, Mr. Sanger has been listed for 9 years and Mr. Jose has been listed for 13 years for their plaintiffs’ work in personal injury and product liability litigation. This marks the 13th year Mr. Davis has been listed for his plaintiffs’ work in personal injury litigation. This marks the 23rd year Ms. Sweeney has been listed for her plaintiffs’ work in medical malpractice law, personal injury litigation and product liability litigation. Continue reading
Sixteen people died in a hot air balloon crash in Caldwell County near Lockhart, TX on Saturday. Austin aviation attorney and former NASA engineer and licensed pilot, Michael Slack, with Slack & Davis, has confirmed that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has designated this a major investigation and NTSB Board Member, Robert Sumwalt, is enroute to the scene with a team of NTSB specialists. The media can anticipate update from the NTSB once Sumwalt is on-scene. Continue reading
The following is a list of the most wanted aviation safety improvements for 2016 provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Throughout the list, the agency underlines improvements on how regulations and use of technology among pilots must be improved to help advance air transportation and keep passengers and flight crew members safe. Continue reading