Deborah Sloan's litigation experience is diverse, ranging from lawsuits involving innovative challenges to e-commerce business models to trademark and copyright intellectual property disputes. Her cases include large, complex, multidistrict litigation and single party business disputes. Deborah has defended and prosecuted claims in federal and state district and appellate courts, in arbitrations, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Currently, Deborah leads the defense of Expedia in individual cases and class actions brought by tax authorities seeking to retroactively extend local and state hotel taxes traditionally imposed only on hotels to online travel companies facilitating hotel reservations. Other national coordinating counsel engagements have included serving on the team coordinating a global retailer's defense of wage/hour class actions and defending tobacco companies in lawsuits brought by state attorneys general. Deborah's single party lawsuits include representing small and mid-size companies in breach of contract and tort cases typically in Texas state courts.
Deborah's intellectual property experience includes counseling Wendy's on domestic and international trademark disputes; successfully defending Ball Corporation in a 24-day patent licensing dispute, resulting in an award on Ball's counterclaims and the recovery of attorneys' fees; successfully defending copyright infringement claims brought against a small business by the estate of a former employee and securing attorneys' fees; and prosecuting and defending infringement claims involving magazine titles and website urls.
Deborah also devotes time to pro bono engagements, including assisting a homeowner reclaim title to a family home swindled away from an elderly grandmother. She serves on the board of The Texas General Counsel Forum, DFW Chapter and the Dallas Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire, online travel companies, defend nationwide litigation seeking to extend hotel room rental taxes to their internet travel reservation services
NTR Metals secures declaratory judgment enforcing settlement agreement
Honors & Distinctions
D Magazine Best Lawyers in Dallas (2013, 2014, and 2015)
Texas Super Lawyers (2015)