The attorneys at Chartwell Law have a wealth of knowledge and experience in aviation matters and represent aviation clients in the following areas:

Aviation Manufacturers and Products Liability

Our attorneys are experienced in aviation products liability cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage and loss on behalf of airframe, engine, and critical parts and component manufacturers. Chartwell Law’s trial attorneys have defend aviation products liability clients in cases involving GARA defenses, FSIA jurisdiction and procedural issues, forum non conveniens dismissals in foreign crashes, and LHWCA immunity defenses.

Airlines and Cargo Operators

Our aviation attorneys handle disputes arising from the exposures faced by major carriers, regional carriers, commuter carriers, cargo operators, and warehouse workers, including Warsaw and Montreal Convention-governed passenger injury claims, false imprisonment claims, and cargo/warehouse property damage and loss claims, including intentional employee theft claims. Due to our extensive experience in marine-related matters, we can also address the needs of cargo carriers and operators involved in international shipping and transportation.

Airports and Airport-Related Liabilities 

Chartwell Law’s aviation attorneys have a wide breadth of experience with commercial and non-commercial airport and helipad liabilities. This includes helipad collisions resulting in wrongful death claims and hull losses, ATC cases, premises liability, police and facility security claims, wrongful arrest and false imprisonment, baggage handling, and airport construction.

Aviation General Liability and General Aviation 

Our attorneys defend FBOs, ground service providers, and government contractors. We also defend repair and service facilities in claims involving fuel farms, fuel trucks, tarmac vehicle collisions, truck-to-person collisions, commercial aircraft towage damage and resulting loss of business profits, aircraft repair and maintenance errors resulting in property damage, injury and death, and government contracted pilot programs operating in South America. The same holds true for general aviation operations, including Part 135 operations, flight schools, P&B aircrafts, agricultural spraying operations, and non-owned chartered and rented aircrafts.

Insurance Coverage and Subrogation 

Our aviation attorneys have extensive experience in representing primary and excess insurers in connection with reviewing, analyzing and drafting policies, investigating, resolving and litigating all types of coverage disputes involving first-party and third-party liabilities, and prosecuting subrogation claims.



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