Slater Elza

Slater Elza



(806) 242-0526


500 S. Taylor, Suite 1200
Amarillo, Texas 79101

P.O. Box 9158
Amarillo, Texas 79105

Slater Elza

Slater Elza



Slater Elza’s practice focuses on representing businesses and governmental entities in litigation and general matters. As a litigator, Slater has tried over 125 matters through verdict in state courts, federal courts and arbitrations. He has handled significant litigation in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Indiana, Wisconsin, Virginia and Pennsylvania for clients. 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.

Slater’s non-governmental clients include numerous Texas municipalities, multiple healthcare providers, an international agricultural corporation and various regional and nationally recognized insurance companies. Slater has handled multiple medical malpractice cases and administrative law matters for medical professionals, hospital districts and hospitals.

He serves as Past-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. Slater serves on the Litigation Council for the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas and is the elected Second Vice-President for the Texas City Attorneys Association. He was recently elected to serve a three-year term as The Texas State Representative for Defense Research Institute (“DRI”). 

Slater also is a selected/invited member of The Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (“ADTA”), The International Association of Defense Counsel (“IADC”) and The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (“FDCC”). Slater regularly speaks around the State on litigation and local government issues.


  • Texas Association of Defense CounselExecutive Vice President
  • Texas City Attorney’s Association, Board of Directors
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) – Governmental Liability Committee and School and Education Law Committee
  • Texas Municipal League, Associate Member, 2003-Present
  • Texas Municipal League Legislative Committee on Utilities and Transportation, 2016 – 2018
  • Amarillo Bar Association,1997-Present; 2003-04 Sec./Treas.; 2010-12 Executive Committee
  • Texas Supreme Court, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Sub-Committee Chairman, 2012-2015
  • Litigation Council, State Bar of Texas, 2018-present
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, 2017-present
  • Texas City Attorneys Association, 2003-Present; Elected State Board Member, 2015-Present

Publications & Presentations

  1. Your City’s Legal Counsel: Working with Your Lawyers, TML 2018 Annual Conference, Ft. Worth, Texas, (2018).
  2. Ethics of Paralegal Interactions with Clients, Witnesses, and Experts, InReach Continuing Education Solutions Webinar, (2018).
  3. Don’t Mess Up The Criminal Case – Successfully Navigating Parallel Proceedings, TADC West Texas-New Mexico Seminar, Ruidoso, New Mexico (2018).
  4. Civility in Litigation: A Discussion on Professionalism, TADC Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2018).
  5. How Far Can You Go In Preparing a Witness?, TADC Deposition Boot Camp, Lubbock, Texas (2018).
  6. Economic Development – Working With Your City Administration, High Ground of Texas, Spring 2018 Meeting – Plainview, Texas (2018).
  7. Surviving Code Enforcement, Underwood Municipal Seminar — Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas (2018).
  8. Sexual Harassment, Back To Basics, Underwood Municipal Seminar — Lubbock, Texas (2018).
  9. Developing Your Agenda and Open Meetings Pitfalls, Underwood Municipal Seminar — Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas (2018).
  10. TADC Trial Academy, Faculty, Ft. Worth, Texas (2018).
  11. An Introduction to the Texas Tort Claims Act and Immunities, TCAA Riley Fletcher Basic Municipal Law Seminar, Dallas, Texas (2018).
  12. Amarillo Area Bar Association Trial Academy, Faculty, Amarillo, Texas (2017).
  13. Staying Out of the Courthouse: Best Practices for Employee Discipline, TCAA Annual Meeting, Houston, TX (2017)
  14. Deposing Experts Like a Pro, TADC Summer Meeting, Orlando, Florida (2017).
  15. Making Things Easy — Running The Perfect City Council Meeting; Underwood Municipal Seminar — Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas (2017).
  16. EDC’s and Cities: Can’t We All Just Get Along; Underwood Municipal Seminar — Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas (2017).
  17. Election Laws Pertaining to Cities; Texas Municipal League Region 3 Quarterly Meeting (2017).
  18. Ethical Challenges in Representing Governmental Entities; Dallas Bar Association – Government Law Section (2016).
  19. Your Employment Policy and Procedure Manual, Underwood Municipal Seminar — Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas (2016).
  20. Ethical Issues Between City Council and Staff; Underwood Municipal Seminar — Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas (2016).
  21. Taking and Defending Depositions: The Strategy and the Law;  AAYLA 14th Biennial Las Vegas CLE, Las Vegas, NV  (2016)
  22. Municipal Liability — 5 Minute University; TCAA Riley Fletcher Basic Municipal Law Seminar, Austin, Texas (2016).
  23. Police Officer Terminations – F5 Issues and More; TCAA Annual Meeting, Bastrop, TX (2015).
  24. Disciplining Police Officers; ULF Municipal Law Seminar, Underwood Municipal Seminar — Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas (2015).
  25. City Council Board Training – Thoughts and Considerations, Underwood Municipal Seminar — Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas (2015).
  26. Ethical Considerations Between Legal Counsel and the City Council; Texas City Attorneys’ Association Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas (2014).
  27. Understanding Condemnation Suits, TADC Summer Meeting, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (2014).
  28. The Role of a Guardian Ad Litem, TADC West Texas-New Mexico Seminar, Ruidoso, New Mexico (2014).
  29. 2013-2014 Case Law Update, Region 16 Special Education Seminar, Amarillo, Texas (2014).
  30. The Open Meetings Act, ULF Municipal Law Seminar, Lubbock, Texas (2014).
  31. Hiring and Firing – What You Need to Know, ULF Municipal Law Seminar, Lubbock, Texas (2014).
  32. What Every Civil Litigator Needs to Know About Criminal Law, TADC West Texas Rookie Seminar (2013).
  33. EDC Contracts, Policies, and other Economic Development Legal Issues, High Ground of Texas 2013 REDI Course (2013).
  34. June 2012 NLRB Changes – Employees and Social Media, Hereford Economic Development Corporation Luncheon for Regional Employers, Hereford, TX (2012).
  35. Drafting a Peddler/Itinerant Merchant Ordinance, TCAA Annual Meeting, South Padre Island, TX (2012).
  36. Potential Traps for Attorneys Drafting Third-Party Closing Opinions, TCAA Annual Meeting, South Padre Island, TX (2011).
  37. Senate Bill 100 – How it Affects Your City; TML Regional Meeting, Lubbock, TX (2011).
  38. Fifth Circuit Employment Law Update; TADC Winter Meeting; Steamboat, CO (2011).
  39. Ethics – The Relationship Between City Secretaries and the City Council; TMCA Regional Meeting, Lubbock, Texas (2011).
  40. Code Enforcement and Nuisances, TCAA Annual Meeting, South Padre Island, TX (2010).
  41. Economic Development Marketing Trends & Tips of the Trade, High Ground of Texas Spring Membership Meeting, Lubbock, TX (2009).
  42. Deposing the Plaintiff in Personal Injury Cases; TADC Rookie Seminar, Lubbock, TX (2008)
  43. Notary Publics – Knowing the Law, TMCA Regional Meeting, Lubbock, TX and Amarillo, TX (2007) 
  44. Agencies, Follow Your Statutes: The Substantial Evidence Rule in Judicial Review of Administrative Agency Decisions, Texas Tech Journal of Texas Administrative Law, Vol. 4 Book 2, Summer 2003.