Edward M. Slaughter
Ed Slaughter is Partner-in-Charge of the Dallas office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP.
He has been a trial lawyer for more than twenty years. Ed 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. Ed 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, Ed 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, Ed 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, Ed 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. Ed 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.
Ed 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.
- State Bar of Arizona
- Arkansas Bar Association
- State Bar of California
- Illinois State Bar Association
- The Missouri Bar
- New York State Bar Association
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas
- Dallas Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Commercial Litigation Committee
- Construction Law Committee
- Lawyers' Professionalism and Ethics Committee
- Product Liability Committee
- International Association of Defense Counsel
- Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
- Alternative Fee Arrangements Committee
- Environmental & Toxic Tort Committee
- Law Alumni Society Board for the University of Arkansas
- 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©, Product Liability Litigation
“Navy Exposures, Apportionment of Fault, and Sole Cause Evidence in Mesothelioma Cases," In-House CLE Series, Indianapolis, Indiana (March 9, 2015)
"Defending Mesothelioma Cases with Objective Medical Evidence," Advanced Trial Tactics Seminar, In-House CLE Series, Montalba, Texas (January 9, 2015)
“Debunking the Every Exposure Contributes Myth in NYCAL Asbestos Litigation,” Perrin Conferences, New York, New York (December 2, 2014)
“Identification and Defense of High Risk Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer Cases,” In-House CLE Series, Boston, Massachusetts (October 17, 2014)
"Identifying Medical and Causation Issues in Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer Cases," The National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues, Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois (October 8-10, 2014)
“Asbestos Field Guide, Practical Guidelines for Claims Professionals,” In-House CLE Series, Chicago, Illinois (August 15, 2014)
“Asbestos Field Guide, Practical Guidelines for Claims Professionals,” In-House CLE Series, Cincinnati, Ohio (April 25, 2014)
“Prepare to Win: Identifying the Issues that Win the Toughest Trials,” In-House CLE Series, Montalba, Texas (May 2, 2014)
“Medical Defense in Mesothelioma Cases: Nonmalignant Mesothelial Hyperplasia and other Diagnostic Challenges," In-House CLE Series, San Francisco, California (February 12-13, 2014)
"Strategic Motion Practice in Toxic Tort Litigation," Claims and Litigation Management, Construction / Environmental / ADR / AFA Conference, Costa Mesa, California (November 8, 2013)
""Every Breath You Take... I'll Be Watching You," Challenging Expert Causation Opinions in Toxic Tort Cases," Perrin Conferences, Asbestos Defense Strategic Summit, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 6, 2013)
"Gatekeepers & Garbage Men Redux," Perrin Conferences, Asbestos Defense Strategic Summit, Miami, Florida (November 7, 2012)
"Liars, Hacks, and True-Believers: Cross Examination Strategies for Plaintiffs Expert Witnesses," National Client Meeting, Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami, Florida (November 7, 2012)
"Emerging Ethical Risks for Attorneys: Outsourcing, Litigation Financing, Social Media, Cloud Computing, eDiscovery, and Lawyer Mobility," HB Litigation Conference (July 25, 2012)
"Essentials of Business Law Course: Finding the Best Litigator for Your Client," Texas Bar CLE (May 11, 2012)
"Deconstructing the Myth of Low Dose Causation in Toxic Tort Cases," In-House CLE Series (June 9, 2011)
"Always Be Closing: The ABCs of Delivering Compelling Closing Arguments," Santa Fe Trial Tactics Seminar (January 15, 2011)
"Alternative Compensation Models and the Attorney-Client Relationship," Santa Fe Trial Tactics Seminar (January 14, 2011)
"Bending the Iron Triangle: A New Model for Predictability and Cost Control in Litigation." Dallas In-House Summit by Texas Lawyer (November 10, 2010)
“Legal Project Management, Achieving Quality Assurance and Cost Control in Litigation,” In-House CLE Series (May 9, 2010)
“National Counsel and Alternative Fee Agreements: Aligning the Interests of Attorney and Client,” Texas Lawyer Corporate Counsel Summit (April 7, 2010)
Co-chair, HB Litigation Conferences Annual Benzene Litigation Conference (July 2009)
“The Government Contractor Defense & The Duty to Warn,” Harris Martin Asbestos Seminar (2008)
“A Practical Review of Disease Diagnosis and Causation Evidence in Asbestos Litigation,” Defense Research Institute Asbestos Medicine Seminar (2007)
“Defending Retailers in Silica Litigation,” Defense Research Institute Silica Medicine Seminar (2005)
“Internet Resources for Your Law Practice,” Arkansas Bar Association (1999)
“Investigation and Trial of Fire Related Losses Due to Arson or Product Failure,” Arkansas Chapter of Association of Special Investigative Units (1999)
“Scientific Evidence and Application of the Daubert Standard for Scientific Evidence,” Arkansas Bar Association (1998)
“Winning Your First Trial,” Arkansas Bar Association (1997, 1996)
ALTERNATIVE FEE ARRANGEMENT RESOURCES
REPORTED DECISIONS, AND SIGNIFICANT RESULTS
- Robertson v. Doug Ashy Bldg. Materials, Inc., 77 So. 3d 360 (La. App. 2011)
- Robertson v. Doug Ashy Bldg. Materials, Inc., 77 So. 3d 339 (La. App. 2011)
- Robertson v. Doug Ashy Bldg. Materials, Inc., 77 So. 3d 323 (La. App. 2011)
- Frances Robertson, et al. v. Doug Ashby Building Materials, Inc., et al. (2010)
- In Re: Multi-District Asbestos Litigation, No. 2004-03964 (2004)
- Jones v. Abraham, 341 Ark. 66; 15 S.W.3d 310 (Ark. 2000)
- Jones v. Abraham, 67 Ark. App. 304; 999 S.W.2d 698 (Ark. App. 1999)
- National Bank of Commerce v. Dow Chem. Co., 165 F.3d 602 (U.S. App. 1999)
- Lowery v. Transport Ins. Co. (U.S. App. 1998)
- Vaughn v. Huey (Ark. App. 1997)
- Skaggs v. Cullipher, 57 Ark. App. 50; 941 S.W.2d 443 (Ark. App. 1997)
- Holloman v. Keadle, 326 Ark. 168; 931 S.W.2d 413 (Ark. 1996)
- Stephens v. Shalala, 50 F.3d 538 (U.S. App. 1995)
Articles and publications
- Naturally Occurring Asbestos in the United States
- Explaining Compensable Activities Under FLSA
- A National Compendium of Causation Standards in Asbestos Litigation
- Beacon: Signaling a New Duty to Future Homeowners in California?
- Rest Easy: Latent Disease and the Construction Statute of Repose
- National Asbestos Litigation Update
- Spare the Rod and Spoil the Arbitration
- National Counsel and Alternative Fee Agreements
- Is Your Expert a Liar or Does he Really Believe That Garbage?
- When Experts Lie: The Lawyer's Duties of Advocacy and Candor in Tension
- Defense Ethics and Professionalism: Can I Bill for This? A Call for Mentoring in the Modern Law Firm
- The Ethics 2000 Commission Amendments to the MPRC
- Aids Phobia: The Infliction of Emotional Distress and the Fear of Aids
- Fraser, et al. v. Boething Treeland Nursery Co., d/b/a Treeland Conejo, et al.
- Swasey, et al. v. Asbestos Companies, et al.
- FitzSimons v. Air & Liquid Systems, et al.
- Mastin v. A.O. Smith, et al.
- Ricci v. Alcoa, et al.
- Roberto Campagna v. 3M, et al.
- Sergio Hravtin v. A.O. Smith Water Products, et al.
- Adam Jones v. John Doe
- Tully v. American Biltrite, et al.
- Michelle Brockmyer, Individually and as Successor-in-Interest to Richard Smith, Deceased, and Eric Smith v. Union Carbide Corporation, et al.
- Diosadado Chinea v. A.O. Smith Water Products, et al.
- George Purville v. A.W. Chesterton Company, et al.
- Remo Corsi v. 3M Company, et al.
- Vincent Santino v. American Biltrite, Inc., et al.
- John Murray v. A.O. Smith Water Products, et al.
- Hiroko Felton, individually and as successor in interest to the Estate of Donald L. Felton, Deceased, v. Davison-Conroy, Inc., et al.
- Freddie Beauchamp, Jr. vs. American Honda Motor Company, Inc., et al.
- Franklin Schwab and Patricia Schwab v. Pneumo Abex LLC, et al.
- Evelyn Molloy v. Crane Co. et al
- Silas J. Minton, Jr. and Stacey L. Minton v. Borgwarner Morse Tec Inc., et al.
- Natalie R. Dean, Individually and as Representative of the Estate of Paul Gaydos, Deceased, and Rebecca Lynn Karlik and Deane Maries Gaydos v. Alcoa, Inc.
- Steven Burleson, et al. v. 3M Company, et al.
- Thomas Metcalf, et al. v. Parker-Hannifin Corp, et al.
- Richard Steiner v. Abex, et al.
- Robert Verant v. Allis Chalmers, et al
- Nasseem and Sanna Farag v. Advance Auto Parts, et al.
- Richard Spencer, et. al. v. Amcord, Inc. et. al.
- Una Miller, et al. v. Alfa Laval, et al.
- Erik Lange, et al. v. Alfa Laval, et al.
- Rebecca Pelletier, et al v. Alfa Laval, Inc., et al.
- Charles and Glenda Cundiff v. Alfa Laval, Inc., et al.
- Arleen Pellegal v. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Inc. f/k/a Avondale Industries, et al.
- Barbara J. O'Neil, individually and as successor-in-interest to Patrick J. O'Neil, deceased, et al.
- Mary Ann Duncan, Individually and as Rep of the Estate of Milton Duncan v. Alfa Laval
- Peggy Wilson, Individually and as Executrix of the Estate of Allan Edward Wilson, deceased v. A.W. Chesterton, et al.
- Bobby Dale James, et al. v. The Sherwin-Williams Company
- Johnny Franklin, et al v. General Motors Corporation, et al.
- The Vince Hagan Company, Inc. v. The Sherwin-Williams Company
- Melba Learn v. Alfa Laval, Inc., et al.
- Stanley Racik v. Alfa Laval,Inc.
- Texas Treasure Fields, Inc. v. Tommy Ford, et al.
- Paul Verret & Judith Verret v. American Biltrite, Inc., et al.
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)
- Supreme Court of the State of Texas
- Supreme Court of the State of Arkansas
- Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma
- Supreme Court of the State of Arizona
- Supreme Court of the State of California
- Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
- Supreme Court of the State of Missouri
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
- United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
- United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Los Angeles Mesothelioma Defense Verdict
- HPTY Obtains Defense Verdict in Alameda County, California
- Seventeen Lawyers Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© 2016
- Ed Slaughter Secures Verdict of Less Than 1% of Plaintiffs Jury Demand in Claimed Catastrophic Injury Trial
- HPTY Wins Daubert Motion in Federal Court Take-Home Asbestos Case for Premises Client
- Fifteen Lawyers Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© 2015
- HPTY Secures Major Defense Verdict in Los Angeles Pleural Mesothelioma Case
- Ed Slaughter, Jason Irvin, and Saxon Guerriere Obtain Summary Judgment in Illinois Mesothelioma Case
- Rob Gilbreath and Ed Slaughter Win Arizona Supreme Court Case Affirming Summary Judgment and Application of Foreign Law
- Thirteen HPTY Lawyers Named as Best Lawyers in America® for 2014
- Ed Slaughter, Barret Marshall, and Matt Sapp Win Writ of Prohibition in Arkansas Supreme Court
- DRI Publishes Article by Edward Slaughter and Lindsey Mears
- Ed Slaughter and Lindsey Mears to be Published by the Defense Research Institute
- Edward M. Slaughter Graduates from Litigation Management Institute
- Arkansas Supreme Court Accepts HPTY Client's Writ of Prohibition
- Thirteen HPTY Lawyers Named as Best Lawyers in America® for 2013
- HPTY Wins Summary Judgment in Los Angeles Take-Home Exposure Case
- HPTY Wins Daubert Motion to Exclude Junk Science Causation Opinion in Baton Rouge Mesothelioma Case
- California Court of Appeals Affirms Award of Costs to HPTY's Client
- Arizona Court of Appeals Applies New Mexico Statute of Repose Upholding Dismissal of Mesothelioma Lawsuit Brought Against Design Engineer
- Ed Slaughter to Argue Before Arizona Court of Appeals
- Ed Slaughter Argues before California Court of Appeal
- California Supreme Court Confirms that a Defendant Cannot be Held Strictly Liable for Another Manufacturer’s Product
- HPTY Wins Summary Judgment in Los Angeles Mesothelioma Case
- Ed Slaughter Secures Dismissal for Product Liability Client
- HPTY Forces Withdrawal of Plaintiff's Claim That His Colon Cancer Was Caused by Asbestos
- HPTY Secures Summary Judgment for Two Clients
- HPTY Obtains Dismissal of 159 Toxic Tort Claims in Oklahoma
- Ed Slaughter and Lauren Wood Win Dismissal of Mesothelioma Case in Arizona
- Ed Slaughter Wins Defense Verdict in Los Angeles Mesothelioma Case
- Ed Slaughter and Macy Chan Obtain Summary Judgment in Mesothelioma Case
- HPTY Secures Supreme Court Victory in Arizona
- Ed Slaughter and Barret Marshall Win Motion to Strike Expert Witness and Motion for Summary Judgment