From major aircraft accidents to satellite risks to corporate financing and leasing arrangements, Locke Lord covers a wide range of issues affecting the aviation industry today. Our aviation attorneys have provided assistance to the aviation industry and its insurers for more than 50 years and count among our seasoned litigators an experienced pilot and an aerospace engineer.
With offices strategically located across the United States and in London, we service the needs of the world’s aviation insurers and their insureds throughout the Americas – whether in North America through our various offices or in Latin America and the Caribbean through our comprehensive international network of correspondents and contacts. Locke Lord has the ability to deal with matters that touch and concern countries throughout the region, seamlessly, through one firm.
Product LiabilityIn respect to products matters, the Locke Lord Aviation Team has defended claims relating to almost any part of an aircraft, from flight control components to landing gear and propellers. Manufacturers work hard to develop and market effective, safe aviation products. When their products are attacked, we guide them through the complexities of product liability. We work quickly to protect the products’ reputation and minimize the disruptions claims can cause. Our experience and background enable us to work with in-house counsel, product designers and engineers to develop defenses that take maximum advantage of the product research and development. We are equipped to defend against product liability claims in all jurisdictions. However, because of our extensive experience, we can also help clients prevent or reduce product liability claims by providing advice on product quality control, document retention and accident investigation objectives and techniques.
AirlinesOur lawyers have experience handling major airline cases throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, airlines from other regions and their aircraft lessors may be sued in U.S. courts, despite the flight, passengers and incident having little or no connection to the United States. We are recognized internationally as a leading firm in defending non-U.S. airlines and their aircraft lessors.
Airports Locke Lord has experience representing airports and entities operating at airports concerning their legal liability for accidents, security, regulations and air traffic control matters that arise at the world’s airports. We work with both privately owned and government controlled airports. We provide an array of services for our clients in these areas, which include:
Since 2000, Locke Lord attorneys have represented airlines, airframe and component manufacturers or lessor and suppliers or security companies in connection with the following major losses:
Aviation Insurance CoverageAviation insurers have long relied on Locke Lord to provide coverage counseling concerning all manners of aviation, airline and products liability insurance policies. Our attorneys are well acquainted with aviation wordings and their interpretations in the industry and by U.S. courts. We also understand the business relationships and have been counted on to provide cost-effective counseling and resolution for over three decades. Moreover, our experience against all major policyholder counsel have made us the choice to defend against contentious, high value coverage disputes when alternative resolutions fail. For example, we have defended insurers’ interests concerning coverage litigations over environmental damage at airports across the U.S. and Caribbean, the failed Boeing 702-series satellites, and, most recently, exposure claims made under the Alien Tort Statute by over 2,000 Ecuadorians arising out of aerial spray operations to eradicate drug crops in Colombia.
Two Locke Lord Partners Again Ranked Among Top in the World by International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell Partners Once Again Named to Prestigious International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell New York Partner Named to Leadership Posts for the Aviation Insurance Association
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell Chicago Attorneys Named Recipients of The Center for Disability & Elder Law’s Eamon Shannon Special Education Award
Gary Westerberg and Nigel Wright Named to International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers
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