Aviation Jurisprudence

Podhurst Orseck is proud to have played an important part in the development of aviation jurisprudence over the past 40 plus years.  The firm has gained significant knowledge and experience on complex issues such as jurisdiction, venue, forum non conveniens, and choice of law. Podhurst Orseck attorneys have appeared before local federal and state court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Florida and U.S. Supreme Courts, the Panel on Multi-District Litigation and the U.S. Congress on behalf of aviation plaintiffs.

Podhurst Orseck attorneys have been court-appointed as lead counsel in prominent federal aviation proceedings because of their established competence in the area of aviation law.  Members of Podhurst Orseck have chaired the Aviation and Space Committee of the Tort & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association; the Aviation Committee of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; the Aviation Committee of The Florida Bar; and the Aviation Advisory Committee of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Reshaping the Aviation Industry

Podhurst Orseck has represented clients in many of the most influential aviation cases in history.  We are at the forefront of safety changes that stem from pilot training reforms to aircraft procedural and physical safety modifications.

Our representation in the aftermath of Colgan Airlines Flight 3407 fueled some of the most profound changes in commercial aviation over the last 40 plus years.  The Colgan Airlines case spurred Congress to conduct hearings into pilot duty time limitations and training and led the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make changes in its Practical Test Standards (PTS) for licensed pilots at literally every level of certification.  Proposed rulemaking regarding duty and rest time for commercial pilots has become a national focus due, in part, to this landmark case.  Podhurst Orseck is proud to have helped put these changes into motion.

Nationally Recognized Aviation Attorneys

Our attorneys have served as guest lecturers at more than 100 aviation and aviation law-related seminars.  A short list of the affiliations of these lectures include the American Bar Association’s National Institutes on Aviation, Lloyds of London’s international meetings, the Florida State Bar, Florida Justice Association and the American Association for Justice.

Steven C. Marks has been nationally recognized for his contributions to aviation law. Listed in The Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers from 2008 to the present, Steve is extremely active in the firm’s role of contributing to aviation law practice and development.  In addition to various other non-aviation legal community memberships, he has been a member of the ABA’s Aviation & Space Law Committee (1997-1998), the Program Planning Committee for the National Institute on Aviation Litigation and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.

Steven Marks is the author of a number of aviation law publications, including, “Litigating the Aviation Case from Pre-trial to Closing Argument,” Third Edition (2008) and, “Handling Foreign Aviation Cases in the United States.”  He has been a repeat speaker at various Embry Riddle Aeronautical University programs and symposia, including, “Handling Foreign Crash Litigation in the U.S. and Abroad.”  He presented, “Foreign Accidents – U.S. Defendants Frequently Argue Forum Non-Conveniens Motions: How are they doing?” to the October 2007 ABA session on Aviation and Space Law.