Slater Elza’s practice focuses on representing businesses and governmental entities, including municipalities, economic development corporations, independent school districts, and hospital districts in both general and litigation matters. Slater serves as general and litigation counsel to many municipalities. He also maintains a civil litigation practice, representing businesses and employers throughout the Texas Panhandle and South Plains. As a litigator, Slater has tried over 125 matters through verdict in state courts, federal courts and arbitrations. Over the past few years he has handled significant litigation in Texas, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Indiana, Wisconsin, Virginia and Pennsylvania for clients.
Slater’s non-governmental clients include an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural products and services, various nationally recognized insurance companies, and many other regional employers and businesses. Understanding his clients is very important to Slater as he considers himself more than legal counsel – he solves problems. Slater believes in a team approach that places the best Underwood attorneys for any matter on the case.
He serves as Executive Vice President for the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, a statewide organization of personal injury defense, civil trial and commercial litigation attorneys, and is a former treasurer and director for the Amarillo Area Bar Association. Elected in 2018, Slater also serves on the Litigation Council for the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas and is an elected board member for the Texas City Attorneys Association and former regional chairman for the Texas Supreme Court’s Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law. Slater regularly speaks around the State on litigation and local government issues.
Slater serves on Underwood’s Board of Directors, as well as heading up the Litigation and Municipal Law Practice Groups for the Firm.
March of Dimes, Former Amarillo Council President
West Texas Regional Market Board, Former Member
Amarillo Community Center, Past President
Center City of Amarillo, Board Member