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

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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 anderson@aviationlawgroup.com.

ALG Attorney James Anderson to Speak at the 2016 Wings Over Willamette Independence Fly-In

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ALG attorney James Anderson will be speaking at the Wings Over Willamette 2016 Independence Fly-In Forum, at the Independence Airport, in Oregon, on Saturday, August 13. Mr. Anderson will be discussing the legal issues surrounding experimental aircraft, including a discussion of liability for owners and operators.

Mr. Anderson has a long history of involvement with experimental and amateur built-aircraft, having flown these aircraft from a young age.

Hedrick Speaks To Scottish Bar Association On Cross-Examination

On May 18, 2016 AGL attorney Robert Hedrick gave a PowerPoint presentation to Scotland’s Faculty of Advocates, in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Below is an article from the Scottish Legal News publication, which can also be viewed at:

http://www.scottishlegal.com/2016/05/20/advocates-given-glimpse-into-history-of-nuremberg-trials/

 

Advocates given glimpse into history of Nuremberg Trials

Members and guests of the Faculty of Advocates have been given a fascinating glimpse of the historic Nuremberg Trials and the widely-debated cross-examination of Hermann Goering.

Roa2683667-c7b1-4e40-9056-9a661878a4d4bert Hedrick, a US attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University, is an avid student of the Trials and has delivered a PowerPoint presentation, From History’s Greatest Trial: The Cross-Examination of Hermann Goering, to audiences in the US and Australia.

He took time out from a conference in Edinburgh on international aviation law and insurance to give his talk to the Faculty.

Mr Hedrick said that some people believed the O. J. Simpson case was the trial of the century but he was clear that the description belonged “hands down” to Nuremberg.

“We had the most significant Nazi who survived the War, Hermann Goering, and more than 20 others…it brought out some great performances and some not-so-great performances by the lawyers involved,” he said.

The US Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson was the lead prosecutor for the US, and his cross-examination of Goering lasted two-and-a-half days, and was followed by another half day by David Maxwell Fyfe, of Britain’s prosecution team.

Mr Hedrick said Goering was a “slippery” witness, who often complained about the translation of questions to buy time to think of an answer.

“Right from the very beginning, Jackson did not control his witness, and the questions went on and on. Jackson seems more interested in the next question he is going to ask than listening to his witness,” suggested Mr Hedrick.

“Maxwell Fyfe had the benefit of watching Goering and Jackson fight it out for two-and-a-half days, and his number one thing was to control the witness…’This witness is not getting out of my grasp.’ He did a really good job.”

AGL Attorney Addresses Montreal Convention At International Aviation Law And Insurance Conference

Robert Hedrick was invited to present at the 9th Annual Conference On International Aviation Law and Insurance, held  in Edinburgh, Scotland in May, 2016. Mr. Hedrick was on a panel discussing international air carrier liability with other leading industry experts from the U.K., Italy and Australia. The panel was expertly moderated by Alan Reitzfeld of Holland & Knight, New York.

Hedrick gave an update as to the status of international uniformity under the Montreal Convention. He identified areas where the Convention was lacking uniformity, such as under Article 17, where court’s around the world continue to struggle with concepts of strict air carrier liability and emotional distress claims. The panel also discussed the viability of pre-impact fear in wrongful death claims subject to the Convention.  He summed up the experience: “It was an honor to be part of this distinguished panel, and to be among colleagues from around the world who, like myself, have a passion for international aviation law.”

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

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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

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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

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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 anderson@aviationlawgroup.com.

ALG Lawyers Speak At 2015 Aviation Insurance Seminar

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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.

Hedrick addresses Federal Preemption Issues At Pacific Northwest Aviation Law Seminar

ALG attorney Robert Hedrick was invited to give a presentation at the 42nd Annual Pacific Northwest Aviation Law and Insurance Seminar, held in downtown Seattle October 9-11. His topic was “Engines, Regulations and Preemption: Spontaneous Combustion For Judges and Juries”. During his 50 minute presentation, Hedrick focused on how the federal aviation regulations do not squarely fit into state law product liability standards. He noted that a string of cases recognizing federal preemption in aviation matters primarily involve regulation of human conduct such as flight crew warnings and pilot duties. Hedrick stated that for practical and policy considerations, those cases do not mandate application of federal standards of care in aviation product liability cases, especially claims involving manufacturing defects, because the regulations are far to general, and they do not contain specific manufacturing standards, or even design standards. “Thus, manufacturers and suppliers are hard pressed to argue that they are subject to conflicting standards of care, when a specific standard is absent from federal law. It’s a false conflict. By allowing general federal performance standards to control over specific state standards, it is virtually impossible for judges and juries to reconcile manufacturing defects with the federal regulatory scheme,” he said. “While 9th Circuit case law recognizes the dilemma, Washington state courts are not following the leading case of Martin v. Midwest Express, 555 F.3d 806 (9th Cir. 2009), especially when it comes to issues of failure to warn and that of unregulated suppliers”, Hedrick concluded.

ALG’s Anderson Completes Term As Chairman Of Bar Aviation Section

ALG’s James Anderson completed his term as the elected Chairman of the Aviation Section of the King County Bar Association, after a successful year that saw a weekend-long conference: The 41st Annual Pacific Northwest Aviation Law & Insurance Seminar. The seminar featured speakers from around the world who addressed issues of:

  • Liability under the General Aviation Revitalization Act
  • First Amendment, Privacy, and Safety Issues Relating to Drone Journalism
  • Partnerships in Commercial Aviation
  • EU Aircraft Taxation
  • Drone Accident Investigations
  • UAS Safety Regulation in the United States
  • UAV Insurance, and
  • The Use of Drones in Litigation

Mr. Anderson continues to be active in the King County Bar Association’s Aviation Section and is always available for consultation on aviation issues. He can be reached at 206-464-1166 or anderson@aviationlawgroup.com.