5 Attorneys Named 2017 Texas Super Lawyers

Managing Partner Mike Slack, Partners Ladd Sanger, John Jose and Mike Davis, as well as Of Counsel Paula Sweeney have been named to the 2017 Texas Super Lawyers list for recognition of their work in personal injury, aviation and aerospace, as well as business litigation.

Slack, Davis, Jose and Sweeney have been named as Super Lawyers since 2003, and Sanger has been named for nine consecutive years.

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.

SD in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

20th Consecutive Year for Mike Slack and Paula Sweeney

Six Slack & Davis attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 list. This year marks the 20th Consecutive Year for Managing Partner Mike Slack and Of Counsel Paula Sweeney to be named to the list. Partners Mike Davis, Ladd Sanger, John Jose and Donna Bowen were also included, marking the 10th consecutive year each has been listed for their plaintiffs’ work in personal injury, product liability and medical malpractice litigation.

For more than three decades, Best Lawyers® has become regarded as the definitive guide to legal professionalism and excellence around the globe. Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. More than 52,000 leading attorneys cast 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in more than 130 practice areas.

Slack & Davis Featured in Class Action Reporter: Farmers Insurance Suit Over Smart Plan Auto Program

As featured in two separate articles for Class Action Reporter, Partners Mike Slack and John Davis, together with the Law Offices of Joe K. Longley and Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division against Farmers Insurance Group over its Smart Auto Program. The lawsuit alleges that the insurance company offered sizable discounts for new subscribers, unfairly and illegally discriminated against current policyholders and violated the Texas Insurance Code.

The article explains that Farmers Group, Inc. selectively lowered insurance policies in favor of new policyholders while existing policyholders continued to pay higher rates, despite policy changes that mandate lower rates. The class action seeks all damages and/or restitution associated with unfair discrimination; award of attorneys’ fees; expert witness fees and costs; recovery of monies recovered for or benefits; statutory penalties and pre-judgment and post-judgment interest for violation of the Texas Insurance Code.

To read a more detailed summary of the case, please visit our Farmers Insurance blog post and FAQ page.

Slack & Davis Featured in Class Action Reporter: Farmers Insurance Suit Over Smart Plan Auto Program

As featured in two separate articles for Class Action Reporter, Partners Mike Slack and John Davis, together with the Law Offices of Joe K. Longley and Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division against Farmers Insurance Group over its Smart Auto Program. The lawsuit alleges that the insurance company offered sizable discounts for new subscribers, unfairly and illegally discriminated against current policyholders and violated the Texas Insurance Code.

The article explains that Farmers Group, Inc. selectively lowered insurance policies in favor of new policyholders while existing policyholders continued to pay higher rates, despite policy changes that mandate lower rates. The class action seeks all damages and/or restitution associated with unfair discrimination; award of attorneys’ fees; expert witness fees and costs; recovery of monies recovered for or benefits; statutory penalties and pre-judgment and post-judgment interest for violation of the Texas Insurance Code.

To read a more detailed summary of the case, please visit our Farmers Insurance blog post and FAQ page.

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KXAN and Associated Press Turn to Michael Slack to Discuss the Airplane Crash in Australia

As seen on KXAN and published by the Associated Press, Founding Partner Michael Slack  discusses the potential causes of the tragic airplane crash in Australia that killed an Australian pilot and four men from the Austin area.

The investigation should focus on three key areas – “The man, the machine and the environment,” said Slack in his KXAN interview. “Things like maintenance, weather, piloting, and engine design fall into one of those three buckets.” The pilot’s experience, the plane’s engine and weather could all create hazardous conditions he added.

In his Q&A with the Associated Press, Slack notes that there is a lot of work to be done in the investigation before attorneys can advise the family about pursuing litigation. “In this particular crash, there are a number of questions that have to be answered, such as ‘What happened? Who is responsible? And where can the case be brought against the responsible parties?’” Slack commented.

Watch the KXAN interview.

Read the Associated Press article.