Edward Slaughter Named Chair of National Toxic Tort Group at HPTY

April 6, 2016

DALLAS, April 6, 2016 – Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP (HPTY), a national litigation firm, is pleased to announce Edward M. Slaughter has been named chair of the firm’s toxic tort and environmental litigation group. 

“Under Ed's leadership, the firm’s toxic tort group will continue to rank amongst the finest in the United States,” says Ronald G. Polly, Jr., Managing Partner of HPTY. “He is viewed by his partners and colleagues as an exceptionally skilled attorney and natural leader that will leverage his talent, vision, and personality to continue the group’s growth.”

Slaughter will lead a group of more than 90 attorneys that defend clients as local, regional, national coordinating and national trial counsel. As leaders in toxic tort litigation, the group boasts over 500 years of combined trial experience. The group’s lawyers have  taken over 400 cases to verdict as lead counsel and taken the lead or participated in over 10,000 fact and expert witness depositions. The team counsels clients effectively in avoiding litigation and managing existing risks by leveraging the firm’s ability to be trial ready in all 50 states.

“I am truly honored to work with the preeminent toxic tort attorneys in the United States.  Our team has more experience and more depth at every position than any other toxic tort firm in the country.”  added Slaughter.

A trial lawyer for more than twenty years, Slaughter has served as lead counsel in important trials across the country, including the landmark mesothelioma defense victory in O'Neil v. Crane et al., which established that product manufacturers could not be held liable for injuries caused by replacement parts or materials used in association with their products. As national coordinating counsel, he manages expert development and national trial preparation. 

Slaughter is also actively involved in reshaping the 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.

About Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP 
Over the last half century, HPTY has grown to include more than 150 lawyers in nine offices located in Atlanta, Austin, Charleston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Napa, New York, St. Louis and San Francisco. HPTY represents some of America’s largest corporations, small local businesses and individual clients in high risk litigation and business disputes across the country.


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