Our Aviation Litigation practice group handles a variety of matters for a diverse group of clients, including:

  • Helicopter operators (offshore, EMS and heavy lift)
  • Corporate aircraft operators
  • Agricultural operators
  • Commercial airlines
  • Private / Owner operators
  • Fixed base operators and Part 145 repair stations
  • Airframe, powerplant and component manufacturers and overhaul facilities
Our services arise from matters including aircraft accidents occurring during all phases of operation, mid-air collisions, hull damage, damage to offshore/marine facilities, air cargo loss, aviation/maritime insurance coverage issues, aircraft maintenance disputes, bankruptcy, alleged Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) violations and civil penalties, contract disputes, lease disputes, and business interruption/loss.

Our attorneys have substantial experience dealing with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We are well versed in technical issues involving piloting, FAR’s, weather, avionics, powerplants (normally aspirated, turbocharged, turboprop and pure jet) and their accessories, but more importantly have contacts within the industry that allow us to call upon the most experienced experts to assist us. We also have extensive experience with industry-specific legal defenses such as the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA). This depth of experience is invaluable to our clients in keeping litigation costs to a minimum.

Of course, in the Gulf Coast region, there is little that anyone does that does not somehow touch on the maritime and oil and gas industries, and our Aviation practice is no exception. Our attorneys have spent decades investigating and defending aviation incidents occurring over inland waters and on the high seas, where a complex nexus of state laws, federal statutes, and the general maritime law come together. In the process, over the years we have shaped many key aspects of not just aviation law but also maritime law, in particular the interesting but often vexing question of when maritime law applies.

Because some matters involve complex issues with manufacturers, owners, passengers, or cargo, our attorneys are regularly involved in analysis of coverage clauses and complex insurance coverage litigation. It is our first priority to dispose of matters in a thorough coverage analysis rather than in a courtroom. However, should litigation become necessary, our attorneys have substantial experience in resolving aviation litigation through aggressive motion practice, trial, mediation and settlement.
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