Edward M. Slaughter
Ed Slaughter is Partner-in-Charge of the Dallas office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP.
He has been representing corporations and individuals in high risk litigation for more than nineteen years including asbestos, benzene, and other toxic exposure cases. He has represented defendants as national trial counsel and national coordinating counsel including industrial employers, 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.
Ed practices extensively in the appellate courts as well. In 2012 Ed argued the appeal in Vicki L. Pounders, et al. v. Enserch, Inc., et al., in which the Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed the summary judgment for the Firm’s client holding that the New Mexico Statute of Repose barred plaintiff’s claims because the “place of injury” for choice of law purposes was where the alleged exposure occurred not the state where the plaintiff was diagnosed years later.
As national coordinating counsel, he 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
- State Bar of California
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- Dallas Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas
- Arkansas Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- International Association of Defense Counsel
- Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
- Member, Alternative Fee Arrangements Committee
- Member, Environmental & Toxic Tort Committee
- International Order of Barristers
- Judicial Externship, Honorable Jimm Larry Hendren, United States District Court (Western District, Arkansas)
- National Champion, First Amendment Moot Court Competition, Vanderbilt University School of Law (1994)
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
- Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine (2007-2012)
- Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation (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
Articles and publications
- 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
- Harvey McIntyre, et al. v. 3M Company, 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.
- 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)
- The Supreme Court of the State of Texas
- The Supreme Court of the State of Arkansas
- The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma
- The Supreme Court of the State of Arizona
- The Supreme Court of the State of California
- The Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
- United States District Court of Arkansas (Eastern & Western Districts)
- United States District Court of Texas (Northern, Southern, Eastern & Western Districts)
- United States District Court of Oklahoma (Eastern & Western District)
- United States District Court of Illinois (Northern District)
- United States Court of Appeals (Eighth & Fifth Circuit)
- United States Supreme Court
- 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