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Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Transportation: Aviation: Litigation

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What the team is known for

Notable for its capability in representing airlines, aerospace manufacturers and insurers in a range of contentious issues. Has particular expertise in multijurisdictional cases, military air crashes, cargo claims and civil aviation disasters. Additional expertise can be found in the group's appellate practice, representing clients in aviation and related insurance matters in state and federal courts across the country. Experience covers personal injury and wrongful death actions.

Strengths

A client reports: "Their aviation department is comprised of top-notch lawyers and pilots who go above and beyond the call of duty."

Sources say: "They're responsive, answer inquiries quickly and keep us abreast of the issues."

Interviewees highlight: "The firm is very detailed and attentive."

Work highlights

Defended Southwest Airlines in lawsuits arising from the engine failure, rapid depressurization, and emergency landing of Southwest Flight 1380.

Notable practitioners

Barry Alexander is routinely engaged by insurers and airlines to handle accident litigation and punitive damages disputes.
"A true strategist; he is incredibly effective at resolving cases and getting equitable outcomes." "He's knowledgeable, approachable and excellent in negotiations."

Denny Shupe is a seasoned aviation litigator. His experience encompasses a myriad of commercial and product liability disputes.
"An exceptional attorney with a good work ethic." "He's detail-oriented and has good relationships with his clients."

Jonathan Stern is engaged by a range of airline and insurer clients to handle personal injury and wrongful death cases.
"Very careful and detail-oriented." "A brilliant attorney and pilot who can defend the most complex catastrophic aviation claims at trial. He can also navigate his clients through thorny coverage disputes."

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Overview

The Schnader Aviation Group has decades of experience representing many of the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers, airlines and other operators of aircraft, repair stations, airports, and aviation insurers.

We have advised manufacturing clients in high profile, multi-district litigation arising out of foreign airline disasters, including the Swissair 111 crash into the Atlantic Ocean near Nova Scotia, the Spanair 5022 crash in Madrid, and the Air France 447 crash into the Atlantic Ocean. We also routinely defend airlines in wrongful death and personal injury actions, of which our representation of Southwest Airlines in litigation arising out of Flight 1380 on April 17, 2018, is one example. We have advised on military aircraft accidents, including the crash of an Army Air National Guard helicopter and a military helicopter crash in Iraq. We also counsel the world’s leading aviation insurers on a variety of coverage and claims handling issues.

Our members include a former Air Force Command pilot and current Air Force Reserve Instructor Pilot, both with substantial international flight experience, an instrument-rated private pilot, FAA-licensed commercial pilots, as well as an aviation consultant, flight instructor, ground instructor and a former air traffic controller. This industry knowledge gives us the capability to efficiently litigate high-profile, complex cases throughout the country.

Members

Alexander, Barry

Shapiro, Stephen J.

Shupe, J. Denny

Stern, Jonathan M

Williams, Robert J.

Industries

Aerospace

Aviation

Insurance

Manufacturing

Transportation: Aviation: Litigation

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

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Location

1600 Market Street

Suite 3600

Philadelphia

Pennsylvania

USA

PA 19103

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Transportation: Aviation: Litigation


Barry Alexander
Band 4
J. Denny Shupe
Band 2
Jonathan M Stern
Band 2