For aviation and aerospace companies faced with the prospect of litigation, Lightfoot attorneys provide deep knowledge of the aviation and aerospace industry and proven track-records trying and winning cases.

Lightfoot’s aviation and aerospace practice blends extensive civil litigation experience with an intimate understanding of the aviation industry and the specific laws governing it, from the General Aviation Revitalization Act to the Warsaw Convention. Lightfoot attorneys include instrument-rated pilots and engineers with experience in complex commercial, catastrophic injury, and product liability cases.

The largest component of Lightfoot’s aviation practice is the defense of aircraft and component part manufacturers in litigation arising out of aircraft accidents. We have experience handling all aspects of these cases and navigating the myriad legal issues and aviation-specific statutes that arise during aircraft accident litigation and crash investigations.

Lightfoot also represents airlines, fixed-base operators, airframe and power plant mechanics, and aerospace defense contractors in litigation arising from all aspects of their operations, ranging from commercial disputes and employment issues to premises liability and general negligence actions. Recent examples of our aviation and aerospace experience include:

  • Obtained summary judgment for a general aviation aircraft manufacturer in a product liability action related to a fatal plane crash near Angel Fire Airport in New Mexico.
  • Obtained summary judgment for an aircraft manufacturer in a product liability case in Florida state court. Lightfoot was later retained to represent an A&P mechanic sued for negligence in the same litigation and was able to negotiate a favorable settlement.
  • Retained by general aviation aircraft manufacturer to handle the experts and fire investigation for litigation surrounding a fatal accident in California.
  • Represented a general aviation aircraft manufacturer in a lawsuit related to a fatal accident in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for a component part manufacturer that had lost key pre-trial motions under its former representation.
  • Secured summary judgment for an aerospace defense contractor in a dispute with a former employee.
  • Represented an aircraft manufacturer in a negligence action brought by a mechanic.
  • Obtained summary judgment for the leasing and financing arm of an aircraft manufacturer in a fraud and breach of contract case surrounding a sale and leaseback arrangement with a potential buyer.
  • Represented a fixed base operator in a fraud and breach of contract case arising out of the marketing and sale of an aircraft.
  • Represented a major commercial airline in a negligent hiring and supervision suit brought by a passenger.
  • Represented an aerospace coating manufacturing and systems integration company in a trade secrets case against former employees, resulting in a favorable resolution and judgment in favor of the client.
  • Defended an aerospace parts and service supplier in a trade secrets civil lawsuit in Georgia and against potential criminal charges, resulting in a dismissal of the civil complaint and no criminal charges being filed against the client.