Aviation, Complex Litigation & Class Actions

Podhurst Orseck continues a legal practice established over half a century ago, concentrating exclusively in trial and appellate litigation. The firm is dedicated to offering the highest caliber legal representation in both federal and state trial and appellate courts.

The firm′s commercial practice – which represents both plaintiffs and defendants — focuses on complex civil litigation of all types. The firm serves as litigation counsel to consumers, individuals and several major companies in their most significant and high-stakes litigation. The firm’s general tort practice places a major emphasis upon representing claimants in aviation, mass torts and products liability litigation. From its inception, the firm also has cultivated an appellate practice, handling appeals of not only the firm′s trial lawyers, but of other lawyers throughout the nation, in various state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. The firm′s practice serves clients residing or based throughout the United States, and in several foreign countries.

Nationally Recognized Aviation Litigation Practice

Our aviation litigation attorneys have acted as lead counsel, appointed court counsel and/or counsel representing victims in a number of commercial major airline crashes, including: acting as lead Plaintiffs’ counsel in the American Airlines Flight 331, crash in Jamaica, 2010; acting as co–lead trial counsel for the California State Court plaintiffs after a Silk Air crash between Jakarta and Singapore in 1997; acting as lead liaison counsel for the State Court and Federal multi–district litigation (MDL) plaintiffs′ steering committees over the ValuJet Flight 592 crash, Everglades, 1996, and acting as a member of the MDL plaintiff′s steering committee for the Arrow Air military charter crash, Newfoundland, 1985.

Podhurst Orseck has handled many major commercial airline crashes and accidents which include, among others:


Award-Winning Litigation Team

Podhurst Orseck’s legal practice spans state and federal courts nationally and locally in Florida, representing individuals, corporations and a number of foreign governments.

The firm has been recognized by the National Law Journal, as one of only ten firms on its “Litigation Boutiques Hot List” and has garnered numerous other awards and recognition .

Podhurst Orseck’s commercial litigation attorneys constitute another facet of legal practice.  During 2011 alone, the firm claimed $1.63 billion in commercial litigation settlements and judgments.   Aaron Podhurst served as co-lead counsel in multidistrict litigation concerning bank overdraft fees in Miami federal court and was pivotal in securing a $410 million dollar settlement with Bank of America in November of 2011, one of the largest settlements ever recorded in a consumer case.

The firm continues to represent notable mass plaintiff classes, including hundreds of former football players in pending multidistrict litigation against the National Football League over concussive head injuries and other injuries sustained during play.

The firm has consistently maintained an AV-Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating, based on legal ability and ethical standards.

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