Aviation

Cowles & Thompson has a long history of representing companies in the aviation industry in relation to product liability issues and disputes surrounding general business issues. The Firm routinely represents aircraft manufacturers, aircraft maintenance and repair facilities, component manufacturers and general aviation clients.

Our aviation litigators have over 25 years of trial experience in the courtroom and extensive experience in the cockpit. Our ability to combine our trial skills with actual aviation know-how provides Cowles & Thompson with a comprehensive understanding of the industry. We routinely interact with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to obtain valuable information or act as a liaison between the client and these regulatory agencies.

Defense of Claims
Attorneys represent clients in defense of claims against a manufacturer or provider of aircraft.  We represent clients in the following areas where disputes may occur:

  • Product liability
  • Incident/accident litigation
  • Personal injury and wrongful death
  • Property damage claims
  • Warrant claims

Business Issues
Attorneys in the Firm represent clients in the aviation industry on various business issues relating to the operating of the business, leasing of equipment and management of their operation. The lead attorney in this area has extensive experience personally as a pilot and can effectively work with clients to manage the issues and regulatory concerns they must address. Representation on the business side includes:

  • FAA regulatory guidance
  • General counsel to aviation enterprises
  • Breach of contract

Types of Clients Represented
In the aviation industry, attorneys have represented many types of clients and businesses on the litigation side and on the business advisory side. These clients include:

  • Helicopter manufacturer
  • Fixed wing personal small aircraft manufacturer
  • Leasing company that provides jets for business use

In the aviation industry, attorneys have represented many types of clients and businesses on the litigation side and on the business advisory side. These clients include:

  • Helicopter manufacturer

  • Fixed wing personal small aircraft manufacturer

  • Leasing company that provides jets for business use