For decades, Morrison & Foerster has handled complex aviation cases ranging from aircraft crashes and accidents, to government antitrust investigations of major air carrier mergers, to consolidations and joint ventures.
We represent fixed-base operators to defend claims relating to maintenance of general aviation aircraft, aircraft rental, flight instruction, and flight operations; governmental entities to defend claims for personal injury and property damage relating to crashes or operations on or near airport property; aircraft owners to prosecute claims against aircraft modifiers under supplemental certificates; and pilots to contest FAA certificate revocation actions.
Insurers, including Global Aerospace, Amlin Aviation, Underwriters at Lloyd's of London, AIG Aviation, and United States Aviation Underwriters, also turn to us when they need advocates with proven aviation expertise. And recognizing the breadth and depth of our knowledge, companies throughout the aviation industry seek us out for our risk management and litigation avoidance advice.
We offer services tailored to our aviation clients' needs because our attorneys understand the technical aspects involved in each case. Our team includes several fixed wing and rotary wing pilots with unique aviation expertise, including a former Marine Corps instructor pilot, aviation safety expert, aircraft accident investigator, crew resource management instructor, operational risk management expert, and aircraft maintenance quality assurance supervisor. Each partner in the group has tried aviation cases to verdict. And by calling upon the prior experiences of our colleagues, including both civil and military flight time and a secondment working for the largest Lloyd's insurer in the London market, we are able to offer guidance and legal advice that is informed by remarkably deep and practical industry knowledge.
We are active in many industry organizations, including Airports Council International – North America, the ABA Air and Space Law Forum, the SMU Air Law Symposium, and the International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA).
Chambers USA 2015 National: Transportation: Aviation Litigation
Legal 500 US 2016 National: Product Liability, Mass Tort, and Class Action: Aerospace & Aviation
Here is what they say about us:
“Very good client service: their advice is prompt and to be relied upon. Their knowledge of the sector is excellent.” (Chambers USA 2015)
“The ‘client-focused’ team at Morrison & Foerster LLP is ‘full of top-tier’ talent.” (Legal 500 US 2015)
“I see them as being extremely strong and competent in analytical writing and advocacy skills.” (Chambers USA 2014)
“The firm is noted for its ‘strong defense counsel’ and ‘deep industry knowledge’, and also comes recommended as ‘the “go to” firm for complex litigation for aviation manufacturers and airlines’.” (Legal 500 US 2014)
MoFo named California Product Liability Department of the Year for 2013 by The Recorder.
“The team of ‘superb lawyers’ demonstrates ‘excellent client-management skills’ and regularly ‘exceeds expectations to obtain top-drawer results’.” (Legal 500 U.S. 2013)
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