Walter | Haverfield has a wealth of aviation-industry legal experience that positions it to provide the practical advice, problem-solving skills and, when necessary, courtroom advocacy on the issues unique to this highly-regulated industry. Our aviation clients are drawn from across the spectrum and include pilots, aircraft owners, flight schools, aircraft manufacturers, aviation insurers, fixed base operators, corporate flight departments, and others. Representative engagements include:
- Defense of a manufacturer of high-performance general aviation airplanes in several catastrophic crash litigation matters.
- Defense of a Part 121 air carrier in a personal injury action brought by a passenger.
- Defense of an aviation fuel service provider in a personal injury action brought by a Part 121 flight attendant.
- Representation of an aviation insurer in connection with a court order prohibiting one of its employees from leaving the courtroom during trial.
- Defense of an aircraft broker in a contract dispute.
- Defense of a homebuilder of an experimental helicopter in subrogation claims arising from off-airport crash landing.
- Advice to corporate flight departments in the acquisition and disposition of aircraft and interchange agreements.
- Advice to airplane owners in resolving insurance claims arising from accidents and incidents.
- Representation of numerous certificate holders in FAA enforcement proceedings.
- Advice to an organ procurement non-profit organization on aircraft access and use issues.
- Advice to a flight school and a vertically-integrated fixed base operator on numerous day-to-day operational and employment issues.
In addition to legal work for aviation clients, W&H partner Darrell Clay is an instrument-rated private pilot and aircraft owner. He is currently serving his second term as the Secretary of the Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association, and is in the final year of a three-year term as Secretary of the Skypark Airport Condominium Unit Owners Association. He has published several aviation-related articles in publications such as Piper Flyer and Airplanista. He is a member of the Aviation Insurance Association, the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.