Chad M. Slack
Chad M. Slack’s practice focuses on insurance litigation and civil trials emphasizing personal injury. He has experience with bad faith litigation, employment litigation, medical malpractice, construction disputes, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution. Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Slack was a managing partner at Hager Dowling Lim & Slack, where he had been partner since 1999.
Mr. Slack majored in political science at the University of Montana, graduating cum laude in 1989. He received his juris doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1992, and also obtained his Certificate in Dispute Resolution. After law school, Mr. Slack served as a law clerk for Judge Bernard Kamins of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Mr. Slack has been lead counsel on many appeals, including for the published decision, Allstate Insurance Co. v. Mercury Insurance Co. (2007) 154 Cal.App.4th 1253. He has also been lead counsel in jury and non-jury trials throughout Northern and Southern California. He was named the 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Slack enjoys cross-country biking, hiking, and spending time with his wife, Carolyn, and their three children.
Kevin M. Maki
Kevin M. Maki’s practice focuses on insurance and coverage litigation and civil trials emphasizing personal injury. He has experience with bad faith litigation, business and contracts, employment litigation, and family law.
Mr. Maki received his juris doctor from Ventura College of Law in 2006. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1992.
Before being admitted to the State Bar of California, Mr. Maki worked for Mercury Insurance Company as a claims specialist for more than a decade. His extensive experience in the insurance industry makes him especially adept at efficiently evaluating injury claims from all perspectives.
Mr. Maki is a member of the State Bar of California, and has repeatedly volunteered as a soccer coach for his children.
Mr. Maki enjoys playing basketball, camping, and spending time with his wife, Janet, and five children.
B. Eric Nelson
B. Eric (Bruce) Nelson was born in Yonkers, New York and grew up in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1970.
After serving four years of active duty in the United States Navy, he attended Southwestern University School of Law, and received his J.D. Degree in 1980. He was licensed to practice law in California in December 1980.
For most of his career, Eric has practiced Insurance Defense, including medical and legal malpractice defense, defense of nursing homes, and defense of individual insured’s in a wide variety of situations.
Eric also has considerable appellate experience having briefed and/or argued cases in multiple Districts of the California Courts of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. His published opinions include: Hollywood Refrigeration Sales Co. v. Superior Court (1985) 164 Cal. App.3d 754; Wise v. Superior Court (1990) 222 Cal. App.3d 1008; Rao v. Campo (1991) 233 Cal. App.3d 1557; and, the unpublished case of McCassy v. Superior Court, (2011) 2011 WL 1536580, dealing with primary assumption of risk in the context of a motocross accident. He is admitted to all Federal District Courts in California.
Eric is an avid SCUBA diver and a certified Divemaster. He also briefly served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia. He is admitted to practice law in both California and the State of Ohio.
Sean E. Olk
Sean Olk’s practice focuses on insurance litigation, emphasizing personal injury. He has experience with personal injury litigation, property disputes, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution.
Mr. Olk received his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law and his Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. During law school, Mr. Olk was Associate Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review, a student mentor, a member of The Federalist Society, and an extern for the Honorable Beverly Reid O’Connell of the United States District Court. Mr. Olk was selected as a member of the Order of the Coif and was a Dean’s Merit Scholar. Mr. Olk received his Bachelor of Arts, with high honors, in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Before being admitted to the State Bar of California, Mr. Olk worked in the real estate industry as a property manager and real estate agent, specializing in REO properties.
Mr. Olk enjoys playing guitar, composing, and recording original music.
Janelle M. White
Janelle M. White’s practice focuses on law and motion and civil trials emphasizing personal injury. She has experience in insurance coverage and bad faith, employment litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution.
Ms. White received her juris doctor, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law and her Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. During law school, Ms. White was Symposium Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review and Co-Chair of the Honor Board. She was also a member of the Moot Court team, for which she competed in numerous competitions and received both brief and finalist awards. She was selected as a member of the Order of the Barristers, and was a Dean’s Merit Scholar, Terry M. Giles Honors Scholar, Nootbaar Fellow, and Blackstone Legal Fellow. Ms. White received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in history and political science from Vanguard University of Southern California.
Ms. White is active in various pro bono and community service projects, and regularly volunteers with Pepperdine’s Moot Court Program. Ms. White especially enjoys every moment she is able to spend with her husband, Aaron, and their children.
Lisa Franklin’s practice focuses on insurance litigation and civil trials emphasizing personal injury. Prior to joining Slack & Associates as Of Counsel, she was a partner with Chad Slack at Hager & Dowling. She is a graduate from UCSB (1990, linguistics) and Santa Clara College of Law (1995).
Ms. Franklin has twenty-two years of broad-based state and federal litigation and client advising experience in California and Washington state. The majority of her legal experience has been in the areas of torts, contracts, insurance bad faith, product liability, employment, construction defect, banking/foreclosure, family law, dependency and estate planning. She has been successful representing numerous individual, corporate and non-profit clients in business transactions, settlement negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, court and jury trials and appeals.
She has provided countless pro bono hours as a judge pro tem in small claims court, a mediator, a Settlement Master, a Teen Court Judge, a Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian ad Litem and a College Diabetic Network Ambassador. She also served on the Boards of Directors for Santa Barbara Women Lawyers (SBWL) and the SBWL Foundation. She has been happily married for 23 years, has two sons (SDSU, DPHS) and a dog. In her copious amounts of spare time, she enjoys travel, hiking, kayaking, recreational reading and yoga.