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 to 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, BBC News, CBS News, and CBC Sky News.

Please click on the links below to view television interviews regarding Lion Air Flight 610, Ethiopian Flight 302, Malaysian Flight MH370, Germanwings Flight 9525, and United Airlines Flight 3411.

Lion Air Flight 610
Ethiopian Flight 302
Malaysian Flight MH370
Germanwings Flight 9525
United Airlines Flight 3411

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 are actively monitoring the investigations into what caused Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Flight 302 to crash and are representing families of the passengers. Please see below the latest news about the investigations and check back frequently for updates.

Ethiopian Flight 302 Crash

Since the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 disaster, more than 45 countries have grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 flights and have suspended further operation until the aircraft is deemed airworthy.  On March 14, 2019, Boeing took an active step and grounded all 737 Max series aircraft worldwide until further notice, thus eliminating the need for governments to evaluate airworthiness on a case-by-case basis.

Boeing’s response following the two major 737 Max 8 disasters — Ethiopian Flight 302 on October 28, 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10, 2019 — has been rather piecemeal and insubstantial.  After the Ethiopian Flight 302 crash, Boeing issued an emergency airworthiness directive, advising pilots in-training (and airlines operating the 737 Max 8) on how to appropriately respond to activation of the MCAS when the system is being guided by erroneous sensor readings.
Washington Post

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