Mike Davis leads the firm’s diverse personal injury practice, representing victims of life-altering and catastrophic incidents in the exacting areas of wrongful death, personal injury and products liability litigation. He 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.A., The University of Texas at Austin
- J.D. (with honors), St. Mary’s School of Law
Admitted to the bar in 1979, Mike began his legal career as a briefing attorney for Justice Franklin S. Spears on the Texas Supreme Court. In 1993, Mike – along with his father Tom H. Davis and Michael Slack – founded Slack Davis Sanger.
Mike has legal expertise in major cases arising from commercial truck collisions; products liability cases against automobile and tire manufacturers; cases and trials against major tobacco and chemical companies; and cases involving persons disabled or killed in workplace accidents, equipment failures or chemical exposures. He has done extensive appellate work, particularly on issues involving products liability, discovery and insurance coverage questions.
Skilled at analyzing all aspects of a collision – from the events that caused the crash to the crashworthiness of the vehicles involved – Mike has obtained some of his most significant recoveries in products liability cases against automobile manufacturers and dealerships, including cases resulting from vehicle rollovers, tire failures, seat belt injuries, child safety seat injuries and automobile structural failures in collisions. In fact, one of his recent cases achieved top-10 status among motor vehicle case verdicts in Texas Lawyer’s 2012 Top Texas Verdicts.
Mike is also an essential part of the firm’s strategic team on business torts, commercial litigation, aviation law and appellate litigation. In addition, he is a trained mediator.
Representative Work (cases)
Leduc v. Oriental Building Services, Inc.
A baggage handler for American Airlines severely injured his leg when he swerved to miss a pickup truck under the D-FW airport terminal. This was the #7 Motor Vehicle verdict in Texas in 2012, according to the 2012 Top Texas Verdicts list, sponsored by Verdict Search and Texas Lawyer magazine.
Guajardo v. Nankang Rubber Tire Corporation, LTD., et al.
During a family road trip to Colorado, the tread of the car’s left rear tire separated from the tire and wrapped around the axle so tightly that the emergency brake cable engaged, locking the wheel and ultimately causing the family’s vehicle to roll over several times. One child died as a result of this crash. Other family members suffered traumatic injuries. This case settled for a confidential amount.
Anchondo v. DaimlerChrysler, et al.
A four-year-old child was rendered a paraplegic in a car wreck because the vehicle’s seat belts were not designed to safely restrain and protect small children who had outgrown child safety seats. The case settled for a confidential amount.
Camacho, et al. v. Penn Octane International, L.L.C., et al.
A tandem tanker truck filled with liquefied propane gas collided with a train resulting in explosions and fire, severely burning or killing numerous innocent victims in the surrounding area. Mike represented 68 plaintiffs. The cases settled for a confidential amount.
Sarvis v. Suzuki
A passenger in a Suzuki Samurai was rendered quadriplegic when the Samurai rolled over. This case settled for a confidential amount.
Rodriguez v. The United States of America
A retired U.S. Army officer was killed when a military contractor failed to yield the right-of-way at an intersection and pulled out in front of our client’s motorcycle. The case settled for a confidential amount.
Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
- “Recognizing and Preserving Auto Product Liability Cases” (The Car Crash Seminar, sponsored by The University of Texas School of Law; July 2015)
- “Trucking in the Oilfield: Oilfield Exemptions” (TTLA Oil Rig and Construction Accident Seminar, April 2015)
- “Trial Preparation” (Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas Basic Litigation Training, March 2015)
- “Cross Examination of the Professional Witness” (Louisiana Association for Justice, December 2014)
- “Business of Law Practice” panel moderator (Texas Trial Lawyers Association Advanced PI Seminar; December 2014)
- “When a Car Wreck Isn’t Just a Car Wreck” (Car Crash Seminar, sponsored by The University of Texas School of Law; August 2014)
- Trial Advocacy College of Texas; Faculty Member (Texas Trial Lawyers Association; May 2014)
- “Basic Litigation Training: Trial Preparation” (Volunteer Legal Services; January 2014)
- “A Question of Control: Cross-Examination of the Professional Witness” (Car Crash Seminar, sponsored by The University of Texas School of Law; July 2013)
- “The Art and Practice of Cross Examination” (State Bar of Texas webinar co-presented with Paula F. Sweeney; January 2013)
- “Shifting into First: Early Development of the Commercial Truck Crash Case” (Car Crash Seminar, sponsored by The University of Texas School of Law; August 2012)
- “Shifting into First: Early Development of the Commercial Truck Crash Case” (Car Crash Seminar, sponsored by The University of Texas School of Law; August 2011)
- “Border Crossing: Choice of Law Issues Involving Texas and Mexican Law” (Best Kept Trial Secrets CLE, sponsored by the Texas Trial Lawyers Association; February 2011)
Professional and Community Activities
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
- American Association for Justice, State Delegate (former)
- American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
- Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, Past President
- Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
- Oak Hill Youth Sports Association’s Pony League, Commissioner
- Board-certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Martindale-Hubbell AV®rated
- The Best Lawyers in America (2004 to present)
- Super Lawyers (a 15-year honoree)
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