Brian Dalrymple is a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Products, Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation group and the firm’s Aviation team. Brian has more than 30 years of experience representing foreign and domestic corporations, airlines, type certificate holders, PMA holders, drone manufacturers and airports in the coordination and defense of complex, multidistrict and class action litigation.
I currently serve as national and international litigation defense counsel for aircraft and helicopter type certificate holders in connection with foreign and domestic accident investigations, regulatory investigations, wrongful death, personal injury and property damage suits in the United States and Canada.
I have also represented FAR Part 135 and Part 121 regional, domestic and international airlines; cargo airlines and freight forwarders; aircraft avionics and component part manufacturers; FAR Part 145 aviation maintenance and repair facilities; international airports; fixed base operators; and aircraft equipment and finance entities.
I have counseled clients in more than 100 National Transportation Safety Board accident investigations and in a number of high-profile NTSB Public Hearings and FAA enforcement actions. I have also represented clients before the Federal Aviation Administration in connection with regulatory matters and HAZMAT issues.
I am an FAA-licensed Airline Transport Pilot and a Certified Flight and Ground Instructor with ratings for single (CFI) and multiengine aircraft (MEI) as well as instrument aircraft (CFII). I have accumulated in excess of 6,000 hours of flight time in a variety of aircraft ranging from single-engine trainers to multiengine turboprop and jet aircraft.
Brian and Nixon Peabody's aviation practice group have represented clients in many significant matters including:
Brian has had the privilege of representing many clients including: Aerospatiale; AFA (CAMAT); AIG Aviation, Air France; Alenia/Finmeccanica S.p.A.; Aloha Airlines; American Eurocopter Corporation; Atlantic Southeast Airlines; ATA; Avions de Transport Regional (ATR); Avidyne; Avsco/Barfield; AXA; Caesar's Entertainment; Chartis Aerospace; CNF, Inc.; Comair, Inc.; Cummins, Inc.; Cummins Mercruiser; Cytec Industries, Inc.; Diamond Aircraft; EADS Astrium; Emery Worldwide Airlines; Eurocopter France, Germany and Canada; Francis Ford Coppola Presents; Gannett, Inc.; Global Exec Aviation; Harsco; Halliburton; Hawaiian Airlines; Helicopteres Guimbal; Icon Aircraft; Jack Daniels/Brown-Forman; La Reunion Aerienne; Lachish Industries LTD; Learjet, Inc.; Liberty Aerospace; Lockheed Martin; Monterey Airport; Oakland International Airport; Marmalade Skies, Inc.; MGM, Inc.; Park Place Entertainment; Philippine Airlines; Raley's; Rowe Industries; Saab; San Francisco International Airport; SkyWest, Inc.; SkyWest Airlines; Schweizer Aircraft Corporation; Socata; Starwood Hotels; Swiss Re; Toyota; Underwriters at Lloyd's; USAirways; USAIG (U.S. Aircraft Insurance Group); USAU (U.S. Aviation Underwriters) and Zenith Insurance Company.
I am currently monitoring the FAA’s proposed changes to FAR Part 23 certification requirements and how such change will affect foreign type certificate holders under applicable bilateral airworthiness agreements.
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
University of California, Davis, B.A., Political Science
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., (Pacific Law Journal, Traynor Honor Society)
Brian Dalrymple is a member of the American, California, District of Columbia, and San Francisco bar associations. He is also a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, the National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association, the Aviation Insurance Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Helicopter Association International. Brian is a jazz and classical musician and he is an associate member of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco.
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