Awards & Recognition

For the past 25 years, Slack Davis Sanger has been working diligently to bring justice to our clients. In recognition of those efforts, the firm and its attorneys have been recognized by a number of leading industry groups and publications.

The Best Lawyers in America

Slack Davis Sanger is pleased to announce eight lawyers have been included in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers, 2022 Edition. In addition, Dallas Managing Partner Ladd Sanger, has been named one of the Best Lawyers of the Year in Product Liability Litigation.

Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Attorney John R. Davis was selected for inclusion on the Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers 2018-2023 Rising Stars list for his work in class action/mass torts, plaintiff, and consumer law. Dillon Vaughn was also selected this year2023.

Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers

Managing Partner Mike Slack, Partners Ladd SangerJohn Jose, Mike Davis, and Of Counsel Paula Sweeney have been named to the Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers list for recognition of their work in personal injury, aviation and aerospace, and business litigation. John Jose was also named to the Texas Top 100 Super Lawyers list for 2018.

Slack, Davis, Jose, and Sweeney have been named as Super Lawyers since 2003, and Sanger has been named since 2008.

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U.S. News — Best Law Firms

Slack Davis Sanger received Metropolitan first-tier ranking in Austin for personal injury litigation and product liability litigation from U.S. News – Best Law Firms. The firm also received Metropolitan first-tier ranking in Dallas/Fort Worth for personal injury litigation, product liability litigation, and medical malpractice law.

Martindale-Hubbell AV®-rated

Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Mike Slack, Mike Davis, Ladd SangerJohn Jose, Donna Bowen, and Paula Sweeney as AV®-rated attorneys, the highest such rating available to any individual lawyer. For more information about this rating, visit

Outstanding Aerospace Engineer

Texas A&M University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering presented Mike Slack with the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award in 2014. This award is presented to an alumnus 40 years or older who has proven superior professional achievement, community service, and service to the university.

Texas Aggie Bar Association

Distinguished Lawyer of the Year

Mike Slack was named Distinguished Lawyer of the Year by Texas A&M for 2023.

Best Lawyers in Dallas

Paula Sweeney was named to the Best Lawyers in Dallas list by D Magazine in 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

H.G. Wells Outstanding Trial Lawyer

John Jose, Managing Partner of Slack Davis Sanger’s Fort Worth office, was named the 2016 recipient of the H.G. Wells Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award by the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association.

The H.G. Wells Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award is presented annually to an actively practicing trial lawyer who is primarily engaged in the representation of injured and damaged plaintiffs in personal injury and other civil litigation, and who, in his or her legal career, has demonstrated high ethical standards as well as exceptional professional conduct and trial advocacy skills and accomplishments, thus enhancing the image and reputation of the plaintiff trial lawyer.

Gene Cavin Award

Paula Sweeney, Of Counsel, received the Gene Cavin Award from the State Bar of Texas in 2009 for lifetime commitment to continuing legal education.

Trial Lawyer of the Year & Legend of Trial Law

Paula Sweeney was named the 2013 Trial Lawyer of the Year and a Legend of Trial Law in 2012 by the Dallas Bar Association.

Extraordinary Women in Texas Law

Paula Sweeney was named to the Extraordinary Woman in Texas Law list by Texas Lawyer in 2008.