Lawyers

Dallas
2200 Ross Avenue
Suite 4100W
Dallas, TX 75201


Little Rock
400 W. Capitol Avenue
Suite 1700
Little Rock, AR 72201


Oklahoma City
101 Park Avenue
Suite 1300
Oklahoma City, OK 73102


Education

CLMP, Litigation Management Institute at Columbia University School of Law, 2012

J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law, 1994

B.A., University of Memphis, 1991

Honors

International Order of Barristers

Judicial Externship, Honorable Jimm Larry Hendren, United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas

Commencement Speaker, University of Arkansas School of Law (1994)

National Champion, First Amendment Moot Court Competition, Vanderbilt University School of Law (1994)

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine

The Best Lawyers in America© distinction in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2013-2020)

Ed Slaughter has been a trial lawyer for more than twenty years. He has represented corporations and individuals in high risk litigation including business litigation, product liability, toxic exposure cases and employer practices liability claims. He has represented defendants as national trial counsel and national coordinating counsel including employers, school systems, design engineering and construction firms and manufacturers of dozens of different products. Mr. Slaughter has served as lead counsel in trials across the country, including the landmark mesothelioma defense victory in O'Neil v. Crane et al., which established product manufacturers could not be held liable for injuries caused by replacement parts or materials used in association with their products.

In September 2015, Mr. Slaughter won a complete defense verdict in Swasey v. Asbestos Companies, et al. on behalf of a brake lining manufacturer in Oakland, California. Plaintiff, a career automotive mechanic and former Navy engineman, alleged he developed mesothelioma as a result of 30 years of garage work. In 2014, Mr. Slaughter won a complete defense verdict for the sole trial defendant in Felton v. Maremont Corp, a mesothelioma trial that received national attention. Plaintiffs offered evidence that plaintiff ground defendant's brake re-linings without any respiratory protection for years. The jury found the defendant's asbestos containing brake linings were not defectively designed and that the company had no duty to warn. Instead, the employers who were not parties to the case were at fault for violating California law by failing to provide respiratory protection and ventilation.

As national coordinating counsel, Mr. Slaughter manages expert development and national trial preparation. Ed has successfully managed dockets of mass tort cases, obtaining thousands of dismissals without payment in the earliest stages of litigation. Mr. Slaughter has also been actively involved in reshaping the Texas litigation landscape through tort reform. He assisted in drafting legislative proposals and testified before the Texas House Civil Practices Committee to close the loophole that allowed thousands of out-of-state claims to be filed in Texas.

Mr. Slaughter is also a frequent author and invited speaker of various topics, including alternative fee arrangements and developing efficient models for legal project management and cost control in litigation.

Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
 

Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Law Alumni Society Board for the University of Arkansas