Litigation

Fox Rothschild's aviation law attorneys are seasoned litigators, undeterred in their pursuit of favorable and quantifiable results for clients, even when confronted with the most difficult circumstances and severe time constraints.

We understand high stakes. Our attorneys have been involved in many of the industry's most important cases. Whether managing discovery, coordinating trials, negotiating settlements or litigating individual cases, we maintain a singular focus: protecting clients’ business interests. Our attorneys:

  • Defend domestic and international commercial airlines, aircraft manufacturers and insurers in litigation arising from disasters involving property damage, wrongful death and personal injury claims
  • Represent unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturers and operators in regulatory, aircraft certification, risk management, operation guidelines, transactional, intellectual property and technology, insurance and litigation matters
  • Represent aircraft manufacturers in property damage and product liability claims
  • Represent private aircraft owners and insurers in litigation involving wrongful death, property damage and personal injury claims
  • Represent aviation insurance carriers in insurance coverage and subrogation litigation
  • Handle patent prosecution and interference claims pertaining to aviation-related technologies
  • Defend pilots, their estates, Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) and flight school owners and operators in wrongful death and personal injury claims
  • Represent aircraft manufacturers in unfair trade practices and commercial contract disputes
  • Represent airlines in property damage, lost baggage, denied boarding, professional liability and discrimination litigation
  • Represent airlines in Federal Aviation Administration investigations

Select Litigation Matters

  • Virgin Galactic spacecraft accident, Mojave, California
  • El Al Israel Airlines, Ltd. v. Tsui Yuan Tseng (U.S. Supreme Court) landmark multilateral treaty case
  • 9-11 civil litigation
  • Representation of the FAA Administrator in 9-11 Commission hearings
  • U.S. Airways Flight 1549: The Miracle on the Hudson River
  • Arrow Air disaster at Gander, Newfoundland
  • TWA Flight 800 crash
  • Air Florida disaster at Washington, DC
  • Payne Stewart learjet crash
  • Alaska Airlines Flight 261, Los Angeles, California
  • Operation “Babylift” – Crash of Lockheed C-5A at Saigon, Vietnam
  • Korean Airlines 007 shoot down by Soviet Union
  • Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 – Midway Airport overrun, Chicago, Illinois
  • U.S. Airways Flight 405 at La Guardia Airport, New York
  • U.S. Airways Flight 427 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Airways Flight 1016 at Charlotte, North Carolina
  • United Flight 232 at Sioux City, Iowa
  • Crash of Presidential Airways, CASA 212 aircraft in Afghanistan
  • Colgan Air crashes near Hyannis, Massachusetts and Buffalo, New York
  • National Airlines crash at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan
  • Air Century Flight CEY521
  • Air India Express Flight 812 at Mangalore
  • Continental Airlines Flight 128 severe turbulence
  • Tropic Air Flight 9N2300 (Belize)
  • Swissair Flight 111 crash
  • TAM Airlines Flight 402 at Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Liability counsel for Cessna Aircraft, Piper Aircraft and Commander Aircraft in numerous cases throughout the United States
  • Liability counsel for over 400 airports, including Meigs Field, Palwaukee, Charlotte, Dulles, Livermore
  • National counsel for 3SI Security Systems, Inc. handling all products liability, commercial and employment matters
  • Harduvel v. General Dynamics – Defense of General Dynamics in F-16 crash
  • TWA Flight 514 crash at Mt. Weather, Virginia
  • Crash of The Galloping Ghost at the 2011 National Championship Air Races at Reno, Nevada
  • Representation of Sikorsky Aircraft/UTC in Boyle v. United Technologies (Government Contractor Defense), U.S. Supreme Court and friendly fire litigation, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Empire Airlines accident in Lubbock, Texas
  • Trans States Airlines accidents in Ottawa, Canada
  • Counsel for Avantair, Clearwater, Florida in FAA regulatory and enforcement matters
  • Representation of MRO in successful resolution of $6.5 million claim asserted by one of the largest commercial airline leasing companies
  • In re Deep Vein Thrombosis litigation
  • Astrium v. Dutch Space satellite litigation
  • Enforcement of arbitration clause in Travelport Nigeria contract
  • Enforcement of United Kingdom default foreign money judgment by New York Court of Appeals
  • Euro USA Trading U.S. $9 million+ judgment enforcing exclusive trademark licensing agreement
  • British Airways Flight 149 during invasion of Kuwait
  • American Eagle Flight 4184 near Roselawn, Indiana
  • Japan Air Lines Mount Gumna crash
  • Liability counsel for JFK IAT Terminal 4 construction and operations
  • British Airways Holidays bus crash near Kent, United Kingdom
  • Mercury Bay Boating Club Challenge for the America's Cup
  • ICC arbitration joint venture dispute between United Kingdom and German conglomerates
  • MGM retroactive insurance litigation
  • Derailment of Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey circus train