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Selected Examples of Some of Our Accomplishments for Pilots and Certificate Holders

 Airworthiness:  Successfully eliminated a 30 day proposed certificate suspension.

Ramp Checked Without Required Aircraft Documents:  Successfully resolved matter at investigation level without further action.

DUI Reporting:  Successfully returned airman to flying status after failure to properly disclose DUI arrest on FAA Form 8500 (FAA Medical Application).

DUI Conviction:  Successfully reversed FAA Emergency Order of Revocation following a DUI conviction with BAC over .20 at hearing before an NTSB administrative law judge.

 DUI Reporting:  Successfully negotiated a reversal of an FAA Emergency Order of Revocation following a DUI conviction prior to hearing before an NTSB administrative law judge.

Careless or Reckless Charges:  Successfully resolved an FAA Letter of Investigation with no further action after pilot was alleged to have flown under a bridge.

 FAA Medical Certificate Denial for ADHD: Successfully returned airman to flying status prior to hearing before an NTSB administrative law judge.

 Failure to Report DUI Arrest:  Successfully reversed FAA Emergency Order of Revocation at hearing before an NTSB administrative law judge after airman failed to report an arrest for DUI on FAA Form 8500 (FAA Medical Application).

Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA):  Successfully applied for and was awarded attorney fees and costs over $16,000 after reversing a civil penalty against a pilot training school.  FAA found not to be “substantially justified” in pursing action against pilot training school.

 Instrument Proficiency Checks:  Successfully reversed a Final Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty prior to hearing.

Pilot Logbook Falsification:  Successfully reduced an FAA Emergency Order of Revocation to a suspension with an immediate return of certificate.

 DUI & Felony Reporting:  Assisted airman in reporting previous DUI and felony convictions without any further action taken by FAA.

FAR Exemptions:  Granted an exemption to Federal Aviation Regulations for world renowned organization’s efforts to assist endangered bird species in migration process.

 Flight Time Duty Limitations:  Successfully eliminated at the informal conference stage a proposed civil penalty to a Part 135 operator for alleged flight time duty violation.

 Failure to Follow Maintenance Checklist:  Successfully eliminated at the informal conference stage a proposed suspension of an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic for allegedly not following proper maintenance checklist.

Cancer Survivor Medical Certificate Issued:   Airman medical certificate returned after filing a Petition for Review of denial of medical certificate.

FAA Medical Certificate Denial for ADHD and Use Of The Drug Vyvannse: Successfully returned airman to flying status prior to hearing before an NTSB administrative law judge.

DUI Reporting:  Airman able to continue to hold medical certificate after failure to properly disclose DUI arrest on FAA Form 8500 (FAA Medical Application).

Refusal to Submit to DOT Drug Testing:  Successfully returned airman to flying status after allegedly failing to submit to pre-employment drug screening test due to shy bladder.

FAA Medical Certificate Denial for Cognitive Disorder Following Stroke: Successfully returned airman to flying status prior to hearing before an NTSB administrative law judge by inflight demonstration of competency.

FAA Medical Certificate Denial for Diabetes: Successfully returned airman to flying status prior to hearing before an NTSB administrative law judge.

 FAA Medical Certificate Denial for IHSS: Successfully returned airman to flying status who had suffered from idiopathic hypertrophic sub aortic stenosis (IHSS) prior to hearing before an NTSB administrative law judge.

Failure to Maintain Proper Cloud Clearance with Skydivers:  Successfully defeated a Notice of Proposed Certificate Suspension at the informal conference level.  Case dropped by FAA.

Felony Theft of Aircraft:  Successfully reduced a Notice of Proposed Revocation to a one year suspension (served while pilot was incarcerated for felony theft).

FAA Medical Certificate Denial for Alcohol Dependence: Successfully returned airman to flying status prior to hearing before an NTSB administrative law judge for airman with a BAC over .20 after traffic stop.

Flying Without an Airman Certificate:  Successfully reduced a civil penalty by several thousand dollars to person operating a two-seat ultralight aircraft without a pilot’s license.

Flight of Unairworthy Aircraft:  Successfully defended pilot at the informal conference stage accused of flight in an unairworthy aircraft.  Case dropped by FAA.

Failed DOT Alcohol Test:  Successfully defended a pilot of failing alcohol test.  Test was demonstrated to be improperly conducted.  Case not pursued by FAA.

Unauthorized Crossing of Runway Hold Line:  Successfully defended a pilot accused of crossing a runway hold line after being issued a Letter of Investigation.  Case not pursued by FAA.

 Flight Without Medical Certificate:  Successfully reduced an Emergency Order of Revocation to a suspension of certificate for failing to obtain an FAA medical certificate while flying over a several year period.

FAA Medical Certificate Denial for Heart Pacemaker: Successfully returned airman to flying status prior to hearing before an NTSB administrative law judge.

 Airworthiness:   Reduced a proposed 30 day suspension to a compromise order and $500 penalty.

Listed below is a selected sample of some recent settlements and verdicts on obtained on personal injury cases that we have handled.

  • Automotive Product Liability (neurological injuries) v. Automobile Manufacturer
    $9.9 Million
  • Aviation Product Liability (wrongful death) v. Aircraft Engine Manufacturer
    $8 Million
  • Construction Injury (orthopedic) v. General Contractor
    $6.5 Million
  • Medical Malpractice (birth brain injury) v. Obstetrician and Hospital
    $6.25 Million
  • Construction Injury (orthopedic injuries) v. Property Owner, General Contractor and Construction Engineering Contractor
    $6.25 Million
  • Aviation Accident (wrongful death) v. Foreign Commercial Airline
    $5.7 Million (no complaint filed)
  • Aviation Accident (wrongful death) v. Commercial Airline
    $4.85 Million
  • Medical Malpractice (bowel injury) v. General Surgeon
    $3.7 Million Verdict
  • Personal Injury (brain injury) v. Night Club
    $1.95 Million
  • Medical Malpractice (wrongful death of a child) v. Pediatrician
    $1.7 Million Verdict
  • Aviation Accident (wrongful death) v. General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturer
    $1.25 Million
  • Aviation Accident (wrongful death) v. General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturer
    $1.25 Million
  • Aviation Accident (wrongful death) v. FAA
    $750,000.00
  • Aviation Accident (orthopedic injuries) v. Commercial Airline
    $750,000.00
  • Aviation Accident (wrongful death) v. Aircraft Service Company
    $600,000.00
  • Medical Malpractice (orthopedic birth injury) v. Obstetrician
    $500,000.00
  • Insurance Company Bad Faith
    $850,000.00

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