Aviation Product Liability

We foresee the regulatory, business and legal needs of our international and domestic aviation clients, guiding them through NTSB, FAA and foreign accident investigations, public hearings and regulatory inquiries with prompt, efficient and aggressive litigation defenses.

Our Approach

Locally, nationally and internationally, our attorneys have been lead counsel for a number of high-profile and landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal circuit courts of appeals.

We have won more than 92 percent of all contested trials.

Clients rely on us to represent them in NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and foreign accident investigations. We also help manufacturing and aviation clients with regulatory and commercial matters and with establishing efficient risk-management and product integrity procedures designed to avoid litigation.

We serve as national litigation counsel for aviation manufacturers, some for over 40 years.

Our record of producing successful results and maintaining long-term client relationships is exceptional. We combine legal acumen and trial experience with comprehensive aviation and technical backgrounds. Our team includes retired military and airline pilots, FAA licensed flight instructors and attorneys with strong engineering and mechanical backgrounds. We tailor each client’s defense toward economic resolution of warranted claims and pursue the earliest possible dismissal of unwarranted claims.

With international jurisdiction and discovery experience we represent foreign clients unfamiliar with American-style litigation and discovery and the unique challenges of the U.S. jury system.

Who we work with

We represent companies, consortiums and individuals, including:

  • Airplane and helicopter manufacturers
  • Aircraft component manufacturers
  • Aircraft and equipment sales, leasing and financing companies
  • Domestic and international airlines of any size, including cargo airlines and freight forwarders
  • Airports
  • Aviation electronics and avionics
  • Aviation maintenance and repair facilities
  • Fixed base operators
  • Parachuting and balloon operators

Colo. Court Further Affirms Design Defect Preemption

Law360 | January 07, 2016

New York Commercial Litigation associate Paul Stinson explains the precedent set in Colorado that will be of value for aviation defendants who find themselves litigating in forums that recognize federal preemption of the field of aviation safety.


William L. Robinson



Phone: 213-629-6035

Brian C. Dalrymple



Phone: 415-984-8275

Joseph J. Ortego

Chief Diversity Officer
Vice-chair, Litigation Department
Chair, NP Trial®
Chair, Aviation Practice


Phone: 212-940-3045

Vivian M. Quinn

Deputy Practice Group Leader, Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation
Co-leader, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness


Phone: 716-853-8134

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