Texas-Based Personal Injury Lawyers
Learn More About Slack Davis Sanger
When you or your family have been impacted by a catastrophic injury or death, it’s overwhelming. And we know it’s hard to even think about trying to figure out what happened and sorting through your legal options when you are grieving or suffering a loss. That’s why we try to make the experience as easy as possible. With compassion, zeal, and a decades-long track record of success, we lift the burden off your shoulders.
We know there may be no amount of money great enough to compensate for what you’ve lost, but it’s our goal to come as close as we can and to answer your questions. More importantly, we will strive to make changes that will help prevent a similar occurrence from happening again.
- Our Deep Experience
- Individualized and Skilled Attention from Our Attorneys
- Our History and Values
- Our Community Involvement
- Our Offices
The firm handles cases involving catastrophic personal injuries and deaths. Our work spans three decades of handling airplane and helicopter crashes, truck and car accidents, oilfield and construction accidents, and other devastating accidents. We try lawsuits throughout the country in both federal and state courts and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. To date, we have handled or tried cases in 47 states.
In the pursuit of justice for our clients, our lawyers have contributed to the evolution of case law by regularly making presentations at the top conferences and seminars for legal professionals, by serving as experts in testimony to policymakers, and by publishing reports and research. A sample of this work is available on our publications page. The firm and our attorneys are routinely recognized for their excellence and have been bestowed a number of awards and accolades by leading industry groups and publications.
Individualized and Skilled Attention from Our Attorneys
As your attorneys, we will assign a team to work with you and keep you informed of the progress of your case, beginning with an investigation and continuing through the conclusion of the claim. We have the financial and personnel resources to aggressively prepare and pursue your case as efficiently and quickly as possible while we work to obtain optimum compensation for you and your family.
The skilled litigators who work tirelessly on behalf of our clients include:
- Mike Slack, Managing Partner & Co-Founder
- Mike Davis, Partner & Co-Founder (1952-2022)
- Ladd Sanger, Managing Partner of our Dallas office
- John R. Davis, Partner
- Mike Guajardo, Partner
- John Jose, Managing Partner of our Fort Worth office
- Greg Marks, Partner
- Derek Quick, Senior Attorney
- Paula Sweeney, Partner
- Dillon Vaughn, Associate
Our legal team also includes a full-time nurse who helps unravel the medical and forensic aspects of every case. The full list of dedicated professionals that provides a solid foundation for our firm’s results includes:
- Heidy Aguin, Legal Assistant
- Lise Clancy, Paralegal
- Ashley Cole, Paralegal
- Stephanie Eitrheim, Marketing Manager
- Melanie Hampton, Legal Nurse Consultant
- Rosie Lachico, Executive Assistant
- Olivia Marks, Receptionist
- Lisa Mata, Legal Assistant
- Holly Pulido, Chief Operating Officer
- Beth Questad, Paralegal
- Christel Rice, Executive Assistant
- Laura Strickland, Paralegal
- Stephanie Wilkins, Paralegal
- Nikki Wood, Paralegal
- Bonnie Zook, Controller
- Mandy Krutsinger, Medical Case Specialist
Our History and Values
Michael L. Slack, Mike Davis, and the late Tom H. Davis founded Slack Davis in 1993 as they felt many clients were not getting the legal services they deserved from other law firms when catastrophic events were involved. As their practice rapidly expanded beyond aviation crashes to other areas, they realized that lawyers without the necessary scientific or technical backgrounds were at a significant disadvantage when handling complex cases. They developed a different model, utilizing their strong engineering, piloting and technical skills and their abilities to effectively communicate complex subjects to judges and juries. The firm expanded to Dallas in 2003 when Ladd Sanger joined the firm as managing partner. The Fort Worth office opened in 2011 with John Jose at the helm.
Our firm and our team believe strongly in giving back to the community. Our lawyers and staff serve on many community boards, volunteer, and make donations to nonprofit organizations through the firm’s Corporate Giving Program.
Our clients come to us from all walks of life, and include people harmed by negligence as well as families who’ve lost loved ones in a tragedy. Throughout the litigation process, our legal team treats all of our clients with professionalism, dignity and respect.
In personal injury cases, our goal is to pursue top-dollar compensation that will fulfill our clients’ immediate and future needs. Because we work on contingent-fee basis in plaintiffs’ personal injury claims, our advocacy is available to all. This gives ordinary citizens a voice against sometimes wealthy and powerful adversaries. Learn more about our Notable Cases in our Press Room.
Our Community Involvement
Our firm strongly believes in being actively involved in our communities by supporting local nonprofit organizations. In addition, our attorneys and staff volunteer their time and experience by sitting on boards, providing legal representation, and donating to charities through our Corporate Giving Program.
Corporate Giving Program
Slack Davis Sanger is committed to giving back to the communities in which we work and live through volunteerism and charitable giving. Through our charitable giving program, we support local organizations in the Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth metro areas by donating $1,000 every month to a worthy charity. We focus our philanthropic efforts on:
- Access to Justice
- Arts & Culture
- Child Welfare
- Environmental Stewardship
- Health & Safety
Every October, during the annual Slack Davis Sanger Oktoberfest party, approximately 25 guests are randomly selected to nominate a charity. One charity is then selected from the nominations to receive a $1,000 donation from Slack Davis Sanger. The firm will accept written requests for donations during the other 11 months of the year.
How to Apply for a Donation
To apply for a donation, submit requests to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following materials:
- A brief description or fact sheet outlining the organization’s background/history, goals, and population served.
- What is being requested (e.g., sponsorship, donation, etc.).
- Documentation that verifies 501(c)(3) nonprofit status (by providing an IRS determination letter).
- Please note in your request if there is a Slack Davis Sanger employee involved in the organization, and provide his/her name and how s/he is involved in the organization (e.g., board member, donor, volunteer, etc).
Here is just a sample of the organizations which the firm has supported:
Team Luke Hope for Minds
Since 2017, Slack Davis Sanger has sponsored the organization’s Austin Marathon Team, which, as one of the designated charities by the Austin Marathon, helps raise money to fund their mission: to enrich the lives of children with a brain injury and give hope to their families through support and education.
For the past several years, the firm has sponsored the Austin NAMIWalks event, which is a 5k run/walk that raises awareness and funds for the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Central Texas Food Bank
Each fall, Slack Davis Sanger’s Austin office takes time off work to volunteer at the Austin Food Bank to help feed the hungry in our community.
Salvation Army Angel Tree
Every Christmas, the Austin office adopts multiple children through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program to allow them to experience the joy of Christmas morning with gifts under the tree for those who would otherwise go without.
Ronald McDonald House — Austin
In 2008–09, Slack Davis Sanger expanded its impact on the local art community and at the same time contributed to a worthy non-profit. Ronald McDonald House opened its new facility in 2007 in Austin next to Dell Children’s Hospital to provide lodging and support services in a home-like environment to families of critically ill or injured children. About that same time, Slack Davis Sanger committed to purchasing artwork to cover the bare walls at the new facility. We asked Mark Smith, director of Flatbed Press & Gallery and curator of the Slack Davis Sanger art collection, to offer advice about art selection. With Mark’s guidance, the project blossomed to include art from a variety of artists from emerging to well established, and included a variety of subjects, media, and styles. The official Ronald McDonald House art opening took place on February 19, 2009.
The Long Center for the Performing Arts
The Long Center for the Performing Arts was founded on the belief that the performing arts are essential components in the quality of life of our community. Slack Davis Sanger contributed to the Capital Campaign for this state-of-the-art, multi-venue facility that serves as host to a broad spectrum of Austin’s performing arts organizations.
KVUE-TV Five Who Care
Slack Davis Sanger sponsored KVUE-TV’s Five Who Care and Five Kids Who Care community service awards program for more than a decade. These programs recognize exceptional volunteerism by adults and children.
Austin Symphony Orchestra
Slack Davis Sanger and Frost Bank teamed up to sponsor The Austin Symphony Classical Series 2008–2009 season. This series presented renowned guest artists and exciting classical music to the citizens of Austin and Central Texas. Slack Davis Sanger managing partner Michael Slack also served on the Austin Symphony Board of Directors.
Children’s Medical Center Foundation
Slack Davis Sanger presented the Children’s Medical Center Foundation with a donation for an acute-care private room. The foundation is the fundraising arm for the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
Other Community Contributions
Slack Davis Sanger supports numerous scholarship funds and provides legal representation in selected pro bono cases. The following Texas not-for-profit groups have benefited from Slack Davis Sanger contributions of time, talent, in-kind donations, and monetary gifts:
- AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services (ACCESS)
- American Gateways
- Any Baby Can
- Austin Bar Association Foundation
- Austin Children’s Shelter
- Austin YMCA
- Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
- Capital Area Food Bank
- Dallas Bar Association Equal Access to Justice
- Eanes Education Foundation
- Family Elder Care
- Goodwill Industries
- Habitat for Humanity
- Legal Aid Society of Central Texas
- McDonald Observatory
- Naval Aviation Museum Foundation
- Texas Aggie Bar Association Scholarship Fund
- Town Lake Trail Foundation
- Volunteer Legal Services
- Westlake High School Baseball Team
- Oak Hill Youth Sports Association
- Opportunity Austin, Austin Chamber of Commerce
- Southern Methodist University Air Law Symposium
- Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation “Race for the Cure”
Our attorneys and staff work out of three locations in Texas to serve clients: