Aviation Litigation

Cousineau, Van Bergen McNee & Malone’s aviation attorneys have decades of experience and are nationally recognized for the defense of aviation-related lawsuits. CVMM lawyers have defended lawsuits across the upper Midwest on behalf of aircraft and component manufacturers, airlines, aircraft owners, pilots, airframe and power plant mechanics, fixed-base operators, air-taxi operators, repair stations, ground support, and crew.

CVMM lawyers have litigated aircraft component failures of the fuel filter, cabin pressurization system, muffler shroud, landing gear, flaps, cylinders, fuel pump, carburetor float, collector gear, landing gear door, cluster fitting, seatbelts, altimeter, turbo charger, fuel selector valve, pistons, fuel tank caps, fuel tank bladders, auto-ignition restart kit, propeller adjustment piston, and fuel additives.

Our airline defense experience includes personal injury, property damage, and other common-law tort case such as boarding and disembarking accidents, mishandled wheelchair transfers, electric cart mishaps, slip-and-falls, luggage falling from overheads, lost bags, denied boarding, delayed flights, etc. We also defend claims raising unique aviation issues in contracts of carriage, state Passengers’ Bills of Rights, the Federal Aviation Act, Airline Deregulation Act, Warsaw Convention, Montreal Convention, Federal Tort Claims Act, removal statutes, etc.

We work closely with experts and have deep knowledge of technical issues, federal and state law, and Federal Aviation Regulations. We efficiently manage pre-trial litigation and zealously represent our clients’ best interests throughout settlement negotiations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. We have significant courtroom experience at the trial court and appellate levels and pride ourselves on achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Notable engagements of our attorneys in high-exposure aviation litigation include:

  • Wellstone aircraft accident
  • Air ambulance helicopter crash
  • Denied boarding to Muslim clerics by major airline
  • Cirrus aircraft product liability defense
  • Piper Meridian crash