Slater Elza’s practice focuses on representing businesses and governmental entities in litigation matters. 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, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Indiana, Wisconsin, Virginia and Pennsylvania for clients.
Slater’s non-governmental clients include multiple healthcare providers, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural products and services, various nationally recognized insurance companies, and many other regional employers and businesses. Slater has handled multiple medical malpractice cases and administrative law matters for medical professionals, hospital districts and hospitals. 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 President-Elect 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 Chairman of the Litigation Practice Group for the Firm.