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JOHN SLATES

FOUNDING PARTNER

John W. Slates is a founding partner of Slates Harwell LLP. He is Board Certified in Construction Law and focuses his practice on representing owners, developers, general contractors, and volume homebuilders. John is an accomplished trial lawyer who has first-chaired numerous cases to verdicts, including cases that have been recognized by the National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts and Verdict Search’s Top Texas Verdicts. He has also successfully argued before the Texas Supreme Court in Lennar Corporation v. Markel American Insurance Company.

John has negotiated over $4 billion in design and construction contracts for some of the most high-profile projects recently built in North Texas, including the Toyota Corporate Headquarters, as well as a wide array of other commercial, multi-use, and multi-family projects.

In addition to broad experience with a variety of issues typical to the construction industry, John has extensive experience with products liability issues and disputes related to HUD-insured projects.

After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, John practiced for 18 years with an Am Law 200 firm, and served as the chair of the firm’s construction practice for six years prior to forming Slates Harwell.

In addition to construction litigation, John has also handled environmental litigation and general commercial litigation, including disputes involving land deals, purchase and sale agreements, lease agreements, trade secrets, noncompete provisions, and partnership, shareholder, and business divorce cases.

John enjoys cooking, playing golf, and spending time with his wife Paige and their three children at Rough Creek Lodge.

CONTACT INFORMATION

jslates@slatesharwell.com
Phone: 469-317-1010
Fax: 469-317-1110

Education

J.D. Georgetown University Law Center (1995)

B.A. Southern Methodist University, magna cum laude (1992)

Publications and Speeches

“The Border Patrol – What Limits Do Unauthorized Practice of Law Statutes Impose on Construction Lawyers,” Texas State Bar Construction Conference (March 2016)

“When is the Coffee Too Hot??? Product Liability Issues in Construction Defect Cases,” Texas State Bar Construction Conference (February 2014)

Author, IPD Building a Better Model, Construction Today (Jan 2011)

Speaker, Lorman Education Services: AIA – Contracts – Common Disputes (September 2014)

Speaker, Lorman Education Services: IPD – The Concept & The Contracts (Fall 2010)

Speaker, Lorman Education Services: Risk Allocation Under AIA Contracts (Nov. 2007, May 2008, Nov. 2008)

Honors and Awards

Board Certified for Construction Law Specialization by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2017)

Recognized, Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Construction (Texas) (2016 – 2017)

Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, Texas (Steven Niafeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward White Inc.) (2013 – 2017)

Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers (2016 – 2017), Texas Rising Stars (2005, 2007, 2008), as published in Texas Monthly (Construction Litigation, Construction Surety) (A Thompson Reuters Service)

D Magazine Best Lawyers in Dallas, Construction Litigation (2014 – 2017)

Recognized, Appellate Lawyer of the Week, as published in Texas Lawyer, September 2, 2013

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Bar, Industry and Community Involvement

ABA Forum on the Construction Industry

State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section

Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Council (2015 to present)

Member, William “Mac” Taylor American Inn of Court

TEXO, The Construction Association – Government Affairs Committee (2012 to present)

Habitat for Humanity Board Member (2008 to 2013)

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Board Member (2013 to present), Chair Elect (2017)

Preservation Dallas
Board Member (2000-2008), President (2005)

Children’s Trust (benefitting Children’s Medical Center of Dallas) (2002-2010)

Graduate, Leadership Dallas (2007)

SMU Alumni Association

Member, Highland Park United Methodist Church