From the skies to the courtroom, Clint Speegle navigates any challenge with a steady hand.
Leveraging his background in aviation and engineering, Clint focuses his practice on complex product liability litigation, with a particular interest in aerospace matters. A pilot himself, he holds an FAA commercial license for helicopters and a private airplane license. Clint defends aircraft manufacturers, air carriers and engine manufacturers, and has served as general counsel for a corporate airplane hangar. His experience also includes representing owners and operators in NTSB, FAA and TSA investigations.
Clint also handles a variety of other matters that don’t happen at 30,000 feet. He uses his quick thinking and problem-solving skills to represent various clients in other product liability litigation, including a prominent national wheelchair distributor, a major American automaker, and a global manufacturer of elevators and escalators. As national litigation counsel for one client that regularly faces lawsuits demanding upwards of $2.5 million in damages, Clint has secured settlements averaging one-tenth of that. His practice also encompasses federal, state and class-action environmental cases for a Fortune 100 chemical company.
Regardless of the matter, Clint takes a proactive, engineering-driven approach to every case. He doesn’t just aim to resolve a client’s lawsuits, but also looks for ways to reduce future litigation liability.
As a member of the firm’s NCAA Compliance & Investigations team, Clint represents schools during the NCAA enforcement process and before the NCAA Committee on Infractions. He advises student-athletes on amateurism issues and counsels coaches through contract negotiations. Over the years, Clint has participated in four Committee on Infractions hearings, hundreds of NCAA interviews, and won an appeal — a rarity in the NCAA world. Clint serves as a member of Lightfoot’s Marketing and Business Development Committee, as well as marketing chair for the Aviation SLG sector of DRI’s Product Liability Steering Committee.
Prior to law school, Clint graduated from West Point and was a commissioned officer in the United States Army. He earned a Bronze Star serving multiple tours of duty in Iraq as an attack helicopter pilot with the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Clint and his wife, Cam, are proud parents of two rambunctious boys. He looks forward to introducing his sons to the joys of flying and teaching them to yell “Go Army! Beat Navy!”