John S. Jose leads our Fort Worth office. He has practiced personal injury trial law since he was admitted to practice in 1981, handling catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases arising from oilfield accidents, electrocution accidents, gas explosions, heavy truck collisions and construction accidents. John is an AV®-rated attorney (Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings) and board-certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
- B.S., The University of Texas at Austin
- J.D., Southern Methodist University
John Jose joined Slack & Davis in 2011. Prior to that, he was with Jose, Henry, Brantley, MacLean & Alvarado, a prominent Fort Worth law firm that John founded in 1984.
Representative Work (cases)
John represented the children of an oilfield worker who was killed during the assembly of a drilling rig in Parker County, Texas. The floor of the rig collapsed, crushing the boys’ father. John’s clients received a confidential settlement before trial from non-employer third parties working on the well site.
Electrical Burn Injuries
John represented a union electrical lineman who was working on a line belonging to a utility company in Utah. John’s client suffered severe electrical burns when he made contact with an energized electrical jumper, resulting in the amputation of his arm. John’s client alleged that the circuit had been wired contrary to accepted industry standards and should not have been energized; he received a confidential settlement before trial from the utility company.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
John represented an oilfield worker who was struck by highly pressurized fluid that escaped from a well site in Tarrant County, Texas, causing him to hit his head on equipment located near the well head. As a result of the incident, the client suffered an axonal shearing injury to his brain resulting in cognitive deficits, mood and personality changes, and memory loss. Through the use of cutting edge neuroradiology techniques, the axonal shear injury was objectively verified. John’s client received a confidential settlement before trial from non-employer third parties working at the well site.
Commercial Truck Collision
John currently represents a young woman who received a head injury when a car in which she was a passenger was struck by an 18-wheeler tractor that ran a red light in Tarrant County, Texas. The case is pending.
John currently represents a water tank truck driver who suffered catastrophic injuries to his head and neck when the truck, under normal operation, experienced “sloshing” of the water in the tank, causing loss of control and rollover – crushing the roof of the cab. John’s client alleges the tank truck was defectively designed due to insufficient baffling in the tank to reduce liquid movement and control difficulties. The case is pending.
Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
“Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury Claims” (State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Law Course 2014)
Professional and Community Activities
- Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, President (2016)
- American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) – Fort Worth Chapter, President (2017-2018)
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Director
- American Association for Justice
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas
- Board-certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Recipient of the 2016 H.G. Wells Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association
- Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers (10-year honoree; 2013 Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Super Lawyers)
- The Best Lawyers in America
- Texas’ Best Lawyers
- Martindale-Hubbell AV®-rated