Slates Veazey represents clients in all types of litigation, with a particular emphasis on construction and insurance coverage disputes. Slates’ construction practice involves representing owners and general contractors in a variety of issues and projects, both public and private. Slates, who is licensed in both Texas and Mississippi, has experience managing construction disputes across the United States, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas. This experience includes prosecuting and defending delay, extra work, impact, and inefficiency claims on public and private jobs, as well as defending general contractors in multi-party disputes arising from the construction of condominium and/or other multi-family residential buildings. Slates also has significant experience pursuing insurance coverage for contractor clients when their insurers deny them coverage.
In addition, Slates counsels clients regarding the ever-evolving legal status of cannabis in the United States. In this role, he has advised financial institutions on how to effectively and efficiently comply with various regulatory obligations. He assists financial institutions that provide services to companies operating in states that have legalized cannabis under state law, advising those institutions on how to best comply with the complex state and federal laws governing the provision of financial services to cannabis companies. He also counsels clients on the interplay between the Controlled Substances Act and the provision of services (financial and otherwise) to cannabis companies that operate in states that have legalized cannabis under state law. Practicing in Mississippi, Slates closely monitors the development of the medical marijuana program being developed by the Mississippi State Department of Health, and he is positioned to advise companies seeking to enter this industry in Mississippi.
Listed in Portico Jackson magazine, "Portico 10," 2018 Listed in the Mississippi Business Journal, "Top 50 Under 40," 2020 Adams v. Energizer Holdings, Inc, et al., WL 1791373 (S.D. Miss. April 19, 2013) Obtained 12(b)(6) dismissal for Energizer Holdings, Inc., Energizer Battery Manufacturing, Inc., and Energizer Battery, Inc. in products liability action seeking compensatory and punitive damages for alleged injuries sustained by individual after handling allegedly defective batteries. Cedatol v. Russell Brands, LLC, (2013) WL 2385189, S.D. Mississippi Won summary judgment for seller of conveyer equipment in products liability case. Insurance coverage disputes Helped obtain summary judgment ruling that professional liability insurer owed insured law firm duty to defend in suit brought against law firm by attorney alleging that law firm failed to honor referral fee agreement (Shore Chan Bragalone DePumpo LLP v. Greenwich Insurance Co., 856 F.Supp.2d 891 (N.D. Tex. 2012)). Helped create law in Texas holding that insurers which wrongfully deny their insureds a defense forfeit the ability to challenge the reasonableness and necessity of the defense expenses incurred by the insured in the underlying suit (Shore Chan Bragalone DePumpo LLP v. Greenwich Insurance Co., 3:11-cv-891, 2012 WL 5250568, at *9-10 (N.D. Tex. Oct. 24, 2012)). Personal injury cases Helped obtain dismissal of Texas suit to Mexico on forum non conveniens grounds for client in wrongful death suits in which over 250 plaintiffs sought damages for mental and physical injury as a result of injuries sustained in 2007 when a vehicular collision in Mexico caused a major explosion; represented company who manufactured mining explosive materials involved in accident; the Fifth Circuit affirmed such dismissal. Ibarra v. Orica United States of Am. Inc., No. 2:09-cv-59 (W.D. Tex), affirmed No. 11-51094, 2012 WL 4353436 (5th Cir. Sept. 24, 2012). Corporate mismanagement dispute Helped obtain favorable settlement for surviving officer of debtors in bankruptcy adversary proceeding against company that managed debtors prior to bankruptcy and against debtors’ former officers and directors, involving allegations of fraud, breached contracts, and breached fiduciary duties. (2009-2011) Government contract dispute Assisted in representation of the country’s leading transportation planning and engineering firms in multimillion-dollar contract dispute against a Texas county transportation authority concerning environmental impact study and preliminary engineering services for project to construct commuter rail corridor. (2010-2011) Government contract dispute Assisted in representation of national construction company in multimillion-dollar contract dispute against government contractor-operator concerning construction project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. (2010-2011) Government bid protest Helped convince joint powers authority governed by five county-level transportation agencies that a multimillion-dollar contract award to client, a railway signal parts manufacturer, to supply railway signal parts for California cities was in compliance with applicable regulations, thereby enabling client to retain contract. (2009) Insurance coverage dispute Helped convince multiple insurers of client, the owner of timber land who was defending against multimillion-dollar class action suit, that their respective commercial general liability and/or excess policies covered the alleged losses, resulting in full payment to client from insurers. (2009) Copyright infringement cases Helped obtain summary judgments for client, a performing rights organization who licenses thousands of music users, including radio and television networks, radio and television stations, restaurants, nightclubs, and other establishments on behalf of its nearly 300,000 members, against business owners in the following cases: Stygian Songs, Inc. v. Johnson, 776 F. Supp. 2d 233 (N.D. Tex. 2011). Renfield Publishing, Inc., et al. v. I Gotcha Inc. and Waldrow Duncan, Case No. 4:08-CV-193-Y, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division (2009).