Florida Aviation Law Firm
A major emphasis within the firm’s general tort practice is aviation litigation. The firm is recognized as one of the premier plaintiffs’ aviation law firms in the world.
We believe that the firm has handled more plaintiffs’ aviation cases than any other firm in the southeastern United States. The firm has represented multiple victims of over 40 major air disasters over the past four decades. In addition, the firm has handled in excess of 100 small or light plane crashes involving private, non-commercial airplanes.
Members of this firm 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.
We have been guest lecturers at more than 100 aviation law seminars, including the American Bar Association’s National Institutes on Aviation and Lloyds of London’s international meetings, at Florida Bar, the Florida Justice Association and American Association for Justice seminars. Firm members have been court appointed as lead counsel in federal aviation multidistrict litigation proceedings and have successfully tried or settled numerous aviation accident cases.
Two of our partners are licensed pilots. One served as a naval aviator in the United States Navy from 1965 to 1971 and flew 150 combat missions in Southeast Asia in carrier-based A-7 aircraft. He also worked as an aircraft systems safety engineer and accident investigator for the Vought Aeronautics Division of LTV Aerospace Corporation between his service in the Navy and attendance at law school.
This firm is proud to have played a prominent role in the development of aviation jurisprudence over the past thirty-five years. It has acquired in this context specialized expertise on such complex questions as jurisdiction, venue, forum non conveniens and choice of law. Members of this firm have appeared before every 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.
Members of our firm have also made several guest appearances on CNN News, Wall Street Live News and CBC Sky News.
Please click on the links below to view television interviews regarding Malaysian Flight MH370 and Germanwings Flight 9525.
Lion Air Flight 610 Crash
On October 29, 2018, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed off the north coast of Karawang Regency, Indonesia 13 minutes after takeoff for its flight from Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia to Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia.
Steven C. Marks and the attorneys at Podhurst Orseck have served as lead counsel, appointed court counsel and/or counsel representing victims and families in a number of commercial major airline crashes over the past 30 years. Steve’s experience includes serving as co-lead trial counsel representing the victims of the Silk Air Flight MI185, which crashed into the Musi River in Palember, Indonesia during its flight from Jakarta to Singapore in December 1997.
The Podhurst Orseck attorneys along with Arthur Ballen P.A., Gustavo Fuentes and Sergei Bespalov are actively monitoring the investigation into what caused Lion Air Flight 610 to crash and are representing families of the passengers. Please see below the latest news about the investigation and check back frequently for updates.
- Wall Street Journal: Lion Air Crash Probe Eyes Sensor Hazards Stretching Back Years, Nov. 18 2018
- New York Times: What the Lion Air Pilots May Have Needed to Do to Avoid a Crash, Nov. 16, 2018
- Wall Street Journal: Crashed Lion Air Plane’s Missing Black Box Goes Silent, Nov. 16, 2018
- Vice Indonesia: Here’s What We’ve Learned in the Two Weeks Since the Lion Air Plane Crash, Nov. 15, 2018
- New York Times: What We Know About the Lion Air Flight 610 Crash, Nov. 9, 2018
- Bloomberg: Indonesia Ends Lion Air Victims’ Search as Black Box Ping Fades, Nov. 9, 2018
- CNN: Boeing issues operational manual guidance to airlines following Lion Air crash, Nov. 7, 2018
- News Corp. Australia: Crashed Lion Air jet had air speed indicator glitch on fatal flight, Nov. 6, 2018
- United Press International: Officials: Lion Air plane intact, engines running when it hit water, Nov. 5, 2018
- Associated Press: Indonesia’s Lion Air Flight JT-610 crashes into the sea with 189 on board, officials say, Oct. 29, 2018