ALG Attorney James Anderson Selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for Second Straight Year


ALG Attorney James Anderson was selected for the “Rising Stars” list by Washington Super Lawyers again in 2016 following his selection in 2015.  Only 2.5% of the lawyers in a given state receive the distinction, which is only granted after an independent third-party review process. Look for Mr. Anderson’s inclusion on the “Rising Stars” list in Washington Super Lawyers Magazine and Seattle Met magazine.

Mr. Anderson is always available for consultation regarding aviation issues.  He can be reached at 206-464-1166 or

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.

ALG Attorneys Now Licensed In All States On Pacific Ocean


2015 was an expansion year for the attorneys at ALG. James Anderson, already licensed as an attorney in Washington, became licensed in the neighboring state of Oregon. “I am please to be a new member of the Oregon Bar Association, ” he said, “while my primary office will remain in Seattle, I look forward to expanding my aviation accident practice to nearby Oregon, and meeting and working with more Oregon attorneys in the future.”

ALG attorney Robert Hedrick added to ALG’s attorney license expansion in 2015 by taking and passing the July Hawaii Bar Exam. Hedrick put it into perspective: “while this is the fourth bar exam that I have passed, it has been nearly 20 years since my last bar exam, and the difficult challenge of passing a bar exam is ever present, especially to those older attorneys such as myself.” Hedrick also advises: “A good bar exam review would be beneficial for a lot of experienced attorneys, as we often forget the fundamentals of law outside our practice areas.”

ALG attorneys are now licensed in California, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Hawaii. We are also licensed (but on inactive status) in Minnesota and Colorado. ALG handles matters throughout the U.S., and we associate local counsel in other states when needed.

ALG Attorney James Anderson Speaks to News Regarding Drone Accident


ALG Attorney James Anderson was recently asked to speak as a legal expert on drone accident liability by King 5 News in Seattle, Washington following a drone crash. During the television interview on November 12, 2015, Mr. Anderson discussed the potential liability for drone accidents including the Federal Aviation Regulations that surround drone operations. Mr. Anderson discussed issues of registration, loss of control, and airspace with the reporter. The FAA also commented on the news article, and supported Mr. Anderson’s contention that human safety is a major concern in drone operations.

Mr. Anderson is always available for consultation on drone and UAV issues. He can be reached at 206-464-1166 or

ALG Lawyers Speak At 2015 Aviation Insurance Seminar


ALG attorneys James Anderson and Robert Hedrick were recently invited to give presentations at the Northwest Aviation Insurance Association Seminar in Seattle. On November 5, 2015 Mr. Anderson spoke on the effects of Washington cannabis laws on aviation activities, and the effect of conflicting Federal Aviation Regulations. Particularly, Mr. Anderson addressed the complications that arise when companies try to legally transport cannabis using aircraft. He also addressed insurance issues related to insurance coverage and accidents as related to cannabis laws on the production and transportation side of the regulations.

ALG attorney Robert Hedrick was invited to participate at the same conference. His presentation was part of an insurance and legal claims panel, where Mr. Hedrick provided opinions from the plaintiffs aviation accident attorney’s perspective. The panel discussed numerous regional aircraft accidents, including legal and insurance issues that arose from those accidents. One of the accidents involved a 2009 commercial seaplane accident in British Columbia, in which ALG represented the families of a married couple from California who perished in the accident. Mr. Hedrick expressed serious concerns about numerous safety issues in the seaplane transport industry which were not implemented following the accident.

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.