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Aviation & Aerospace

The highly-specialized field of Aviation Law touches on litigation relating to every aspect of air travel, including the ownership and operation of aircraft, flight procedures, passenger and employee safety, and the maintenance of associated facilities and equipment. Federal and state laws strictly regulate every aspect of the aviation industry, making it imperative to have an exceptionally thorough understanding of compliance, risk management, and enforcement issues.

Jaffe attorneys are highly experienced and aggressive aviation defense litigators, having tried dozens of complex federal cases to jury verdicts all over the country. Our attorneys continue their expertise outside of the office by regularly conducting training seminars for aviation clients, keeping them current on developments in the law and the latest risk management strategies. Airlines, aircraft and component manufacturers, repair facilities, and aviation insurers have relied on this expertise and sophistication for decades to protect their rights in the face of aviation accidents and incidents of all kinds.

For our clients in this industry, precedent matters. We understand the effect that one particular case may have on future industry practices, and we are always vigilant in treating every case before us as part of a larger picture and according it the fullest defense. We know Aviation Law, and we will protect your interests both for today and looking towards the future.

Service Index

  • Aviation accident and incident litigation
  • Aviation product liability claims
  • Aviation-related commercial disputes

Representative Matters

  • Jarrett v. United Airlines – Successfully defended United Airlines in a lengthy jury trial raising tort and contract claims related to airline ticketing and fraud prevention procedures.
  • Kalitta Air v. United Airlines – Jury returned verdict for United Airlines in complex and lengthy accident case when engine was lost on takeoff. The case raised technical metallurgical, accident reconstruction, and aviation maintenance issues.
  • Naples v. Delta Airlines – Extended the reach of federal preemption over state law negligence claims by winning the published dismissal of the case for Delta Airlines brought by passenger with serious trip-and-fall boarding injuries.


Aviation & Aerospace

Aviation & Aerospace


January 16, 2019

Timothy O’Connell Named Partner at Jaffe

SOUTHFIELD, MICH. – Timothy O’Connell has been named partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., a leading Michigan business law firm. Jaffe CEO Jeffrey Weiss made the announcement. O’Connell joined Jaffe as an associate in the firm’s Litigation and Aviation Practice Groups in November 2015. He specializes in all aspects of complex civil litigation ...

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