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2200 Ross Avenue
Suite 3700
Dallas, TX 75201

Little Rock
400 W. Capitol Avenue
Suite 1700
Little Rock, AR 72201

St. Louis
211 North Broadway
Suite 2150
St. Louis, MO 63102

One North Franklin
Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606

Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071


CLMP, Litigation Management Institute at Columbia University School of Law, 2012

J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law, 1994

B.A., University of Memphis, 1991


International Order of Barristers

Judicial Externship, Honorable Jimm Larry Hendren, United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas

Commencement Speaker, University of Arkansas School of Law (1994)

National Champion, First Amendment Moot Court Competition, Vanderbilt University School of Law (1994)

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine

Best Lawyers in America® distinction in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2013-2024)


Edward Slaughter has been a trial lawyer for more than twenty-five years. He represents clients in high-risk litigation as national trial counsel and national coordinating counsel. He has tried cases to verdict across the country including the landmark mesothelioma defense victory in O'Neil v. Crane, et al., which established product manufacturers could not be held liable for injuries caused by replacement parts or materials used in association with their products.

In August 2019, Edward won a complete defense verdict in Hayes v. Colgate-Palmolive Company, et al., on behalf of Colgate-Palmolive in Louisville, Kentucky. This was the first cosmetic talc case to go to verdict in the state.

As national coordinating counsel, Edward manages expert development and national strategy. He has successfully managed dockets of mass tort cases, obtaining thousands of dismissals without payment in the earliest stages of litigation. Edward has also been actively involved in reshaping the Texas 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.

Edward is also a frequent author and invited speaker of various topics, including alternative fee arrangements and developing efficient models for legal project management and cost control in litigation.


  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Law Alumni Society Board for the University of Arkansas
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