Paula Sweeney Joins Slack & Davis


Heralded trial lawyer Paula Fisette Sweeney has joined the law firm of Slack & Davis, L.L.P., enhancing and expanding the firm’s major personal injury and wrongful death litigation practice.paula_sweeney2011_photoSweeney became the last remaining name partner in the highly respected Dallas law firm of Howie & Sweeney, L.L.P. when John Howie passed away nine years ago. After Howie’s death, Slack & Davis took over Howie & Sweeney’s aviation practice. Sweeney’s decision to merge the rest of her firm into Slack & Davis was as thoughtful and logical as the legal strategies she has employed over the past three decades as a prominent voice for the wrongfully injured.

“Bringing Paula and her firm into Slack & Davis completes the circle,” said co-founder and managing partner Michael L. Slack. “John Howie was a friend and mentor. After his untimely passing, and in accordance with John’s wishes, we immediately brought in Ladd Sanger, who was a prominent aviation attorney at Howie & Sweeney. This helped our firm build a national and international reputation in aviation law. However, our other major, non-aviation litigation areas are just as vital. With Paula’s addition, the transition is complete. She has the skills and talent to handle any of our cases.”

Sweeney thoughtfully weighed her options before joining Slack & Davis.

“We have been friends for more than 30 years,” said Sweeney in explaining her decision. “They are not only tremendous lawyers, but spectacular people as well.”

She added that “the merger of the two firms represents an exciting blend of personalities and ideas. The cultures of the two firms are already so similar. We’re both very passionate and dedicated to representing people who have suffered because of the actions or negligence of others.”

Co-founder and partner Mike Davis agreed, noting that leveraging Paula’s expertise in several dynamic areas, particularly medical malpractice, medical device products liability and pharmaceuticals, will help the firm strengthen its diverse practice.

“We knew all along that Paula could be a tremendous addition to our firm,” said Davis. “Paula is a big-case, big-time trial lawyer. Since these are the types of cases we handle, there will be many clients who will benefit from Paula’s extraordinary skills.”

About Paula Sweeney
Sweeney is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. She is a past president of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association (1991), past president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (1998), and past president of the Dallas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (2001). Sweeney has also been a Governor of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas. She has been appointed to significant positions by the Supreme Court of Texas, including the Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee, on which she served for 14 years; the Supreme Court Task Force on Medical Malpractice Discovery; the Supreme Court Task Force on The Jury Charge; and the Pattern Jury Charge Committee, on which she served for more than 10 years. Sweeney is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and was recently admitted to the International Society of Barristers.