Aviation Law

We are one of the leading aviation litigation firms in the country. Bob Hopkins and Matt Clarke head the aviation practice, devoting their time and practice to families suffering from the loss of a loved one or those seriously injured in airplane and helicopter crashes, determining crash causation, finding answers and securing recovery from responsible parties. We have obtained well over $100 million in settlements and verdicts for clients in just the past several years.

Our attorneys also represent clients with FAA and other governmental compliance and enforcement issues, transactions involving aircraft, including buying and leasing aircraft, and other aviation issues as to which a client desires assistance.

Bob, a well-known aviation attorney, has practiced in Portland with our firm for over 40 years and has represented clients in numerous aviation cases and against scores of aircraft and helicopter manufacturers, component suppliers, airlines, and commercial operators. Bob is a seasoned trial attorney, having handled several high-profile cases in the Northwest and recovering some of the highest jury verdicts in Oregon.

Matt began his legal career working with an aviation firm back east where he represented plaintiffs in dozens of aviation cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. Even before Matt joined Landye Bennett Blumstein in 2008, Bob and Matt worked together on several aviation cases, including the crashes of a Piper Saratoga and a Columbia (Lancair) 300.

In addition to Bob and Matt, the aviation law practice also includes: James FisherPatrick ForanChristine Moore , and Ross Neher.  Our team is comprised of licensed commercial pilots and a licensed flight instructor, and encompasses experienced attorneys in complex legal writing and analysis, trials, and appeals.    

While Landye Bennett Blumstein’s specialized aviation practice is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the nature of the practice often takes us to various other locations. For example, we have represented clients in Arizona, Texas, South Dakota, Minnesota, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Alabama, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, California and Alaska.

We have investigated and successfully litigated numerous fixed-wing private aircraft, helicopter, and commercial aircraft accidents and understand the various aircraft and their history. Our aviation attorneys know the factors that contribute to crashes, including mechanical malfunctions due to airframe or component defects or improper maintenance, weather, piloting factors, instruments and avionics, and air traffic control, how these factors interrelate, and what evidence to look for. 

We have worked closely with top experts in the field, have an in-depth understanding with NTSB and FAA procedures and how best to obtain information and cooperation from these agencies; and are uniquely qualified to strategically plan for and navigate the various legal and procedural issues and obstacles that arise in aircraft accident litigation.