Meeting the challenges of prosecuting an aviation-related lawsuit or seeing an aircraft transaction through to completion in today’s complicated world requires experience, relevant expertise and compassion.
John has been a successful trial and transactional lawyer for three decades, standing up for the rights of the injured and the unfairly accused alike. He has delivered results in cases before judges and juries in numerous state and federal courts throughout the United States. He has represented pilots, passengers, airport developers, aircraft purchasers, sellers, fixed base operators, airlines and aviation product manufacturers, to name just some of the hundreds of clients he has helped over the years. He has also spent time inside the aviation insurance industry managing litigation throughout the world for major aviation product manufacturers. This broad experience gives him the knowledge required for competent and efficient representation of aviation personal injury claims, as well as a wide range of other aviation-related legal matters. It is a little-known fact that, in today’s crowded legal system, many law firms employ “litigators” who have never prosecuted a case to a verdict. Your claim does not deserve to be part of the “learning curve” for an inexperienced attorney.
As an FAA-licensed pilot with ratings for single and multiengine airplanes, as well as for flight by instruments alone, John has logged many hours as a pilot-in-command in the nation’s regulated airspace. He has had to make difficult and sometimes life-saving decisions in bad weather conditions, maneuver through some of the nation’s busiest airspace and oversee the maintenance of his own airplanes. He has been through rigorous emergency maneuver training in specialized aerobatic aircraft, often involving flipping the airplane upside down or entering an aggravated spin to learn the proper methods for rescuing the aircraft. He has logged hours flying a full-motion simulator for one of the most popular Airbus airliners in service today, encountering simulated situations of engine loss, stalls, wind shear and terrain avoidance. He understands the level of training required of pilots in different phases of their careers, the abilities and limitations of FAA air traffic controllers, aerodynamics, and airport procedures. His former work as an insider in the aviation liability insurance industry gives him unparalleled insight into the ways that insurance companies assign dollar amounts to claims and defend lawsuits, which is valuable when an insurance carrier expresses interest in settling a case. No aviation attorney can claim an equal amount of expertise in the areas most critical to the successful resolution of an aviation case. Moreover, his several years of managing litigation for some of the world’s largest aviation product manufacturers, including Boeing and GE Aviation, have provided him access to the leading scientific and piloting experts in the field. Hiring the right expert can often mean the difference between a successful case and one that suffers an early dismissal by a judge.
Understanding what a client has been through, or is going through, is crucial to effective litigation. Sadly, many firms handling aviation plaintiff cases these days follow the “sign ’em up and wait” strategy, meaning that your case could languish in their hands for years on end, despite whatever promises they made to you before obtaining your signature. In those firms, chasing the latest victims of tragedy is considered more important than servicing the needs of the ones they already represent. Your case deserves individualized attention, structured to meet your particular situation and expectations. Of course, it is not always possible to follow the exact course you choose in an adversarial legal system, due to the obstacles and other challenges thrown at you by your opponents or the system itself, but the successful plaintiff’s lawyer is the one who has the courage and foresight to steer around changing “weather conditions,” instead of flying blindly and passively into them. John takes the time necessary to meet with clients, assess their individual stories and craft a strategy unique to each client’s situation and needs.