Donna Bowen

Donna Bowen is a Martindale-Hubbell AV®-rated attorney. She handles personal injury claims in each of Slack Davis Sanger’ practice areas, including appellate law. Her cases cover aviation law, automobile negligence, general liability and products liability claims. Donna has been with Slack Davis Sanger since 1994. As a plaintiff’s attorney, she stresses excellent communication with clients to ensure that they are kept up-to-date on the progress of their litigation and that their needs are promptly met.

Practice Areas


  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law (She received the coveted Order of the Coif.)

Professional Background

Prior to joining Slack Davis Sanger, Donna worked for six years in the Houston and Abilene offices of a large personal injury law firm, where she learned that a plaintiff’s practice was the type of law she wanted to pursue. Her primary focus was mass litigation against U.S. railroad corporations. She served as the law firm’s point of contact for more than 300 plaintiffs and contributed to case development.

Her prior professional experience includes the coordination of a statewide political campaign and nine years administering a statewide professional association, where she served as the lobbying liaison.

Representative Work (cases)

Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Cases

  • Fen-Phen
  • Baycol
  • Sulzer
  • Smith & Nephew hip/knee devices

Medical Malpractice Cases

Dixon v. Nocona General Hospital
A nurse at Nocona General (Texas) killed more than 20 people over a two-and-a-half month period by stealing bottles of Mivacron, a paralytic, from the hospital pharmacy and injecting it into patients’ IV tubes.  Donna successfully represented the family of an 82-year-old woman who died as a result, as well as the last person the nurse injected, who lived.  The case received much attention and was written about in detail in Texas Monthly.

General Negligence

Burgess v. Lighthouse Family Network
A 73-year-old man was stabbed to death by two teenagers who had run away from a foster care facility. The case was tried in Waco and the plaintiffs were awarded the largest wrongful-death jury verdict in the history of McLennan County, Texas.  Donna represented two of the man’s three children.

Gutierrez v. Austin Independent School District
An eight-year-old girl was killed when she exited her school bus. The school district filed a plea to the jurisdiction and claimed it was immune to the suit. Not only did the trial court side with the plaintiff, but so did the Texas Court of Appeals and Texas Supreme Court, creating new case law in the state.

Kelly v. State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. Co.
Our client, Mr. Kelly, bought a car through a classified ad. Five days later, the police confiscated the car, telling our client it was stolen.  Mr. Kelly filed an insurance claim with his carrier, State Farm, which claimed that because the car was stolen, Mr. Kelly didn’t actually “own” it and that loss wasn’t “accidental” because Mr. Kelly intentionally purchased the car. The trial judge ruled for Mr. Kelly, as did the Texas Court of Appeals and Texas Supreme Court, which made new case law in Texas.

Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements

“Don’t Let Preemption Ground Your Aviation Case”
Trial magazine, Journal of the American Association for Justice, March 2007
Co-authored by Michael L. Slack

Professional and Community Activities

  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Tom Green County Bar Association


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV®-rated

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