Aviation Law

Aviation Law

  • Investigation and litigation of aircraft accident cases, including subrogation rights;
  • Representing airmen in FAA enforcement actions;
  • Representing fixed base operators, airport facility users and owners in transactional matters and litigation;
  • Consulting on insurance matters and IRS, FAA and State laws and regulations.

Pilot/Attorneys Benefit You

The pilot/attorneys of NPRJ stay current on everyday aviation issues by actually using the general aviation system in the other aspects of the firm’s practice. The six seat Piper Navajo Chieftan and the G-1000 equipped Cessna-172S are routinely used by the attorneys and clients of the firm to reach any part of the State of Tennessee and surrounding states much more quickly than by automobile or commercial air travel. They have access to airports in the southeast that are not served by commercial airlines. By avoiding parking, connection and security delays at commercial airports, clients of NPRJ see significant savings in travel time and expense.

Our Aviation Expertise

While many law firms have listed aviation as an area of practice, few firms have attorneys who are actually experienced pilots. Aviation law at NPRJ is more than handling an occasional aircraft accident personal injury case; it includes experience of the broad range of legal needs in General Aviation, including creation of legal entities to acquire and hold title to aircraft, representing airmen in FAA enforcement actions, representing fixed base operators, airport facility users and owners, consulting on the complex and often conflicting of the IRS, FAA and insurance industry, as well as aircraft accident cases.

Mr. North has been a trial attorney in civil disputes in many counties in the State of Tennessee and surrounding states as well as California, Texas, and Florida. He has over 25 years of courtroom experience in a large variety of civil cases and has tried over 100 civil jury cases in State and Federal courts. He is an experienced multi-engine instrument rated pilot and is approved as a volunteer pilot for Angel Flights America.
Mr. Hadley has litigated civil matters in trial and appellate level, State and Federal Courts in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. He has over a decade of courtroom and jury trial experience, including business tort litigation, commercial disputes, and medical malpractice defense. He has represented aviators, aircraft owners, and fixed base operators in a wide range of matters including accident litigation, sales tax disputes, aircraft ownership, aircraft sales, leases, and purchases, and FAA actions. He holds a private pilot’s license and instrument rating. Mr. Hadley serves as a panel attorney for the Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association (AOPA) legal services plan and is a member of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.
Mr. Kinney is a licensed attorney in Tennessee and North Carolina. He is also admitted to the U.S. District Courts in the Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee. Mr. Kinney’s practice includes medical malpractice defense and aviation law. He brings a wealth of aviation experience to the firm from his previous positions as a flight instructor and a pilot with one of the largest regional airlines in the United States. Mr. Kinney holds a commercial certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings.

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