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Perkins Coie LLP

Transportation: Aviation: Litigation

6 ranked lawyersBand 1USA - NationwideUSA 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Eminent practice considered a go-to shop for high-profile aviation disputes. Regularly handles complex contentious issues resulting from significant aviation accidents, covering toxic tort and product liability matters. Represents leading aerospace manufacturers in federal and state courts across the USA and in foreign jurisdictions. Active in the risk and liability elements of the burgeoning aerial and unmanned technology sector, as well as related regulatory and policy issues.


One client reports: "On aviation and product liability, they are the best of the best. They're very knowledgeable about the various issues, the markets and players involved."

Work highlights

Represented Boeing in wrongful death suits arising out of the October 2018 crash of Lion Air Flight 610.

Notable practitioners

John Dillow has extensive experience representing clients in product liability disputes and class action proceedings.
"Extremely knowledgeable and experienced on the issues."

Mack Shultz regularly represents a variety of industry-leading manufacturing clients in product defense cases and air accident litigation. He also counsels clients on litigation avoidance strategies."He's extremely strategic and gives very sound, practical advice. He is responsive and a great brief writer."

Michael Scoville is recognized for his skillful representation of multinational corporations in wrongful death disputes and post-accident litigation.
"A great writer and a very hard worker, he really gets into the weeds."

Steve Koh has notable experience defending aircraft manufacturers in wrongful death and personal injury claims, as well as complex commercial litigation.
"He's very good on strategy and he's unflappable." "He's a very responsive, strategic thinker who gives practical advice."

Steven Bell is held in high regard in the aviation market for his deft handling of product liability and military crash-related disputes. He is also cochair of the firm's rotorcraft practice.
"A big thinker and a top-tier attorney. He's an oracle."

V Woolston is a well-established product liability litigator, with notable experience defending aviation manufacturers. He is recognized for his expertise in disputes concerning turboprop aircraft, light jets and helicopters.
"A very experienced trial lawyer, he's especially good when handling product liability claims."

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Perkins Coie’s Aviation and Aerospace group has an unparalleled record of representing aerospace and aviation companies. No other firm has the level of understanding, experience and qualifications we do when it comes to aviation. Our clients call us time and again because of our previous successes on their behalf, knowing that we will be able to bring our expertise to bear, no matter the stakes.

Our strength in aviation product liability litigation is recognized worldwide:

  • Chambers USA ranked our team in Band 1 for Aviation Litigation in 2009 - 2019
  • The Legal 500 United States recommended our practice in Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Aerospace/Aviation in 2009 - 2013 (category has since been eliminated)

We have defended clients domestically, in state and federal courts, and internationally and have successfully litigated matters involving virtually every aspect of aerospace technology, including satellites.

Our relationship with insurance companies proves invaluable for our clients. Balancing the insurer’s and the client’s needs can prove challenging, yet our lawyers have been able to meet both groups’ expectations, leading to additional opportunities to serve our clients well.

We are on the forefront of new aerial and unmanned technology, counseling industry leaders and newcomers to the industry on risk and liability issues. We also speak to manufacturers at trade conferences about regulations and policy as they are being made in this new area.


BAE Systems, Inc.

Experimental Aircraft Association

Honeywell International Inc.

Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd.

The Boeing Company



Aviation and Transportation

Consumer Products and Recalls

Food and Dietary Supplements

Pharma and Medical Devices

Toxic Torts

Unmanned Vehicle Systems

Transportation: Aviation: Litigation

Perkins Coie LLP


1201 Third Avenue

Suite 4900




WA 98101-3099

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

USA - Nationwide

Transportation: Aviation: Litigation

John Dillow
Senior Statespeople
Mack Shultz
Band 3
Michael E Scoville
Band 4
Steven Bell
Senior Statespeople