Aviation Law Group wins one of the top 100 largest verdicts in the U.S.


In February 2013, following a 3 week jury trial, a King County Superior Court Jury in Washington returned a verdict in favor of our clients, and the clients of co-counsel, for the death of three people in an aircraft accident in Western Washington.  The twelve person jury awarded more than 26 Million Dollars in compensatory and punitive damages.

When asked for comment by reporters covering the case, Robert F. Hedrick of Aviation Law Group said:

“Once we analyzed the defects in the carburetor, our investigation focused on the carburetor design, manufacturing process, and failure history. Sure enough there was a significant history of similar failures for years before this accident.”

We at ALG are proud of the recoveries we obtain for our clients.  We can always be reached at (206) 464-1166.  Call us, an attorney will always speak to you directly.

James T. Anderson addresses lawyers on helicopter regulation near cities


James T. Anderson of Aviation Law Group spoke to attorneys about the local and federal government’s ability to regulate helicopter activity, especially in and around cities.

During his presentation at the Northwest Aviation and Insurance Law Seminar, Mr. Anderson addressed issues of noise, zoning, and safety.  Mr. Anderson discussed the results of his nationwide analysis of local regulation of helicopter takeoff and landing sites, and he paid special attention to cases where the lack of regulations caused a crash, or could have caused a crash.

Mr. Anderson is always available for consultation on helicopter safety issues.  He can be reached at (206) 464-1166.

James T. Anderson talks to pilots about their responsibilities as “Pilot in Command”


James T. Anderson of Aviation law group recently spoke to a group of pilots, flight instructors, and educators about the responsibilities that come with being the “Pilot in Command” of an aircraft.
During the presentation Mr. Anderson addressed issues surrounding the legal liability of the pilot in command of an aircraft, including responsibility for the safety of the flight.
Mr. Anderson is always available for consultation on pilot issues. He can be reached at (206) 464-1166.

Robert F. Hedrick of Aviation Law Group speaks to Bloomberg on Malaysia Flight 370


On March 8, 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, with 239 passengers and crew, disappeared. The still missing aircraft is now presumed to have crashed with no survivors. The press sought out answers to questions involving private international aviation liability, and ALG attorney Robert Hedrick had the answers. In the weeks following the accident, Mr. Hedrick was interviewed on radio, television, and newspaper, including the following: BBC-UK, BBC-Australia, Radio New Zealand, China Daily, Bloomberg News, China Central Television – CCTV America, and MSNBC – The Reid Report. On March 12, 2014 the China Daily front page stated:

“Even if Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is never found, the rights of the passengers on board will not remain a mystery,” according to Robert Hedrick, an aviation accident attorney at Aviation Law Group. If the aircraft or wreckage of 370 is never found, will the passenger’s families be able to recover for their loss? If so, who will bear responsibility? “The Montreal Convention is a multilateral treaty signed by more than 100 countries including the US. The Convention controls ticketed international travel involving signatory countries,” Hedrick said. “Malaysia signed the Montreal Convention in 2008, and China signed in 2005. “Passengers that are ticketed to travel between the two countries are therefore ordinarily subject to the Convention. “The disappearance of an aircraft is an ‘accident’ under the Montreal Convention. Under … the Convention, Malaysian Airlines is automatically (strictly) liable for damage sustained by passengers up to … approximately $155,000. “For amounts in excess of that, unless Malaysia Airlines can prove that the disappearance was not due to its negligence, or was solely the responsibility of a third party, it will face exposure for full damages to each passenger. “With the missing aircraft, that burden will likely be impossible to meet,” Hedrick said.

Robert  F. Hedrick spoke as an expert on international aviation law live on Bloomberg News on March 24, 2014.

His interview is available below:

Mr. Hedrick spoke on international liability under the Montreal Convention as well as the likelihood of recovery for passengers on the flight. Mr. Hedrick is always available for discussion of international law issues.  He can be reached at (206) 464-1166.