Edward M. Slaughter

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4514 Cole Avenue
Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75205-5412


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.

Professional affiliations



"Risk Analysis and Defense Strategy in Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer Cases," In House CLE Series, Chicago, Illinois (Feburary 21, 2017)

"Expert Witness Selection and Strategic Planning in Asbestos Litigation," In-House CLE Series, Boston, Massachusetts (January 26, 2017)

"Asbestos and Talc National Review and Trends," The National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI), Chicago, Illinois (September 21-23, 2016)

"Using Objective Evidence in Defending Mesothelioma Claims," In-House CLE Series, Dover, Delaware (February 24, 2016)

"Defending Heavy Equipment and Automobile Friction Exposure Claims," In-House CLE Series, Chicago, Illinois (January 21, 2016)

"Industrial Hygiene and Epidemiology Evidence in Asbestos Litigation," In-House CLE Series, Boston, Massachusetts (January 19, 2016)

“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)

"National Asbestos Litigation Update," The National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues, Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois (September 26-28, 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)

"Juries, Social Media and the Court," LexisNexis Webinar Series (April 24, 2012)

"Review of the California Supreme Court's Landmark Decision in O'Neil v. Crane et al.," Harris Martin Federal and State Asbestos Litigation Conference (February 20-21, 2012)

“Understanding the Medical Defense in Mesothelioma Cases,” In-House CLE Series (January 26-28, 2012)

"Gatekeepers & Garbage Men: Challenging Meritless Causation Opinions," Asbestos Defense Strategic Summit (November 9, 2011)

"An Ethical Alternative: Application of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct in Alternative Fee Arrangements," Dallas In-House Summit by Texas Lawyer (October 20, 2011)

"Defeating Claims Against Automobile Component Suppliers," 14th Annual National Asbestos Litigation Conference (October 3-4, 2011)

"Implementing Alternative Fee Agreements--Challenges and Concerns for Clients and Carriers," DRI Lawyer's Professionalism & Ethics Committee Webinar (June 22, 2011)

"Deconstructing the Myth of Low Dose Causation in Toxic Tort Cases," In-House CLE Series (June 9, 2011)

"Quasi-Intentional Torts & The Erosion of the Exclusive Remedy Provision," 4th Annual Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation Conference (April 7-8, 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)


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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)

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