Get to Know Shareholder Slater C. Elza’s

The basics: 45 years old. Married, one child. Lived in Hereford, Texas and Tulia, Texas, grew up in Amarillo, Texas. Amarillo High School and Texas Tech University alumni. Shareholder at The Underwood Law Firm, with a practice focusing on representing local government entities. Chairs the Municipal law section, which represents approximately 30 cities in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains. Also regularly represents cities and school districts. 

Basic job responsibilities: “As outside general counsel for cities, we are available whenever our clients have legal questions. Our clients are normally cities that do not have a need for a full-time attorney, but still need regular access to quality legal services. We see matters ranging from drafting ordinances and policies, working on utility issues to handling real estate matters and litigation. Like any employer, cities also need assistance with human resource issues. Because this is a legislative year, we have worked with a number of clients and their state representatives and senators on legislation that would be beneficial.”

Favorite and least favorite parts of the job: “My favorite part of the job is solving problems. The goal of our municipal law section at Underwood is to solve problems, not create new ones. It is vital that we get the right advice delivered in a timely manner. The hardest part of the job is often attending evening meetings. There are nights where we will have three of our attorneys at different City Council meetings across the state.”

Hobbies/spare time: “Our spare time focuses on my son’s tennis career. Most weekends are spent at a tournament somewhere in Texas. Most evenings are spent on the side of a local tennis court watching him practice.”

Guilty pleasure: “My family is getting ready for our third Guns ‘n Roses concert in the past year.”

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