Slack & Davis Ranked on the 2018 “Best Law Firms” List by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ranked Slack & Davis on the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list in the Metropolitan Tier 1 Ranking in Austin for their work in personal injury litigation and Tier 2 Ranking for product liability litigation. The firm was also listed in the Metropolitan Tier 1 Ranking in Dallas/Fort Worth for personal injury litigation, product liability litigation and medical malpractice law.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that involves the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms.

Ladd Sanger Featured in NJ.com Article: Helicopter Hovered for 10 Minutes Before Crash That Killed Troy Gentry

In the NJ.com article on the tragic helicopter crash that killed country singer Troy Gentry, Dallas Managing Partner Ladd Sanger provided insight on new evidence that emerged after the preliminary the National Transportation Safety Board investigation of the incident and what might have gone wrong.

The investigation determined that the helicopter crashed after experiencing a mechanical failure and, according to 911 calls, the pilot hovered for 10 minutes while attempting to do an emergency landing.

Sanger pointed out that the report indicated the helicopter attempted to land on the runway, but ended up in a field area nearby. “If an autorotation was properly initiated over the runway, it’s unlikely the helicopter would have crashed that far away,” Sanger said.

As for hovering and waiting, there are both pros and cons to making this decision, but continued hovering could have caused further damage to the engine, depending on what type of mechanical issue had occurred.

“If it was a transmission issue, the longer that you let that run, the worse things are going to be,” Sanger explained. “But it’s unclear without knowing what the underlying mechanical issue is. It’s easy to sit here after the fact and second-guess anybody.”

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Woman Pulled Off Southwest Flight for Pet Allergy: WFAA Turns to Ladd Sanger

As seen on WFAA, Dallas Managing Partner Ladd Sanger weighs in on the forced removal of a woman on a Southwest flight who claimed to have a life-threatening pet allergy after seeing two pets board the plane.

Sanger explained that this immediately became an issue of safety and liability. “If the lady really did have a life-threatening situation, she shouldn’t want to be on that airplane and subject herself to a potential life-threatening situation at 30,000 feet where there isn’t adequate medical care,” said Sanger.

Watch the WFAA interview.

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.