Desiree Slaybaugh joined Baron & Budd’s settlement department in 2015 after graduating from the University of Texas School of Law with her Master of Laws, an advanced law degree for JD graduates who desire further study. She represents workers who have suffered from mesothelioma and other serious illnesses as a result of exposure to asbestos. Through bankruptcy trust funds, she works to obtain compensation for the firm’s clients.

Before her matriculation at Texas Law, she worked at a firm in Fort Worth, Texas. There, she advocated for compensation for victims with severe medical complications resulting from the use of recalled hip replacement and transvaginal mesh devices.

Ms. Slaybaugh grew up in Fort Worth and, through her love of travel and a lifetime of exposure to diverse cultures, developed a deep interest in international human rights and humanitarian law. She presented her research on freedom of religion through expression under international law at the American Society of International Law’s Research Forum in 2016 and frequently provides pro bono services to non-profit organizations that support human rights and humanitarian efforts.

While working her way through college at fine dining restaurants, Ms. Slaybaugh developed a love of and interest in wine and winemaking. Her article, A Twisted Vine: The Aftermath of Granholm v. Heald, analyzed direct shipping restrictions on wine and was published in the Wesleyan Law Review in 2011. Today, she spends a few nights a month working for a Fort Worth winery.

Ms. Slaybaugh and her husband are law school sweethearts who enjoy traveling to new places as often as they can. They reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with their cat.


Publications

  • A Twisted Vine: The Aftermath of Granholm v. Heald, 17.2 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 265 (2011).

Presentations

  • “Fashioning Freedom: The Dichotomy Between Direct and Indirect Regulation of Religious Dress,” American Society of International Law Research Forum, Seattle, Washington, November 2016
  • “Dropping the Bomb,” 2016 Washburn University School of Law Junior Legal Writing Scholars Workshop, Topeka, Kansas, July 2016

Education

University of Texas School of Law (L.L.M. 2015)

Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan School of Law) (J.D. 2011)

University of Texas at Arlington (B.B.A. 2006)

Bar & Court Admissions

Texas

United States Supreme Court

Awards

Latin American Studies Certification, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas, May 2015

Legal Professionalism Award, State Bar of Texas, 2010 – 2011

Professional Associations

American Society of International Law

Texas Young Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, Law Student Liaison, 2010–2011)

State Bar of Texas (Law Student Division Board of Directors, Chair & Senior

Representative, 2010–2011, Junior Representative, 2009–2010)