KBR handles a wide array of aviation matters with the support of our highly respected general liability team. Combining an extensive history of handling general liability claims involving significant personal injuries and property damage losses with the more nuanced experience in handling aviation-specific claims, our aviation team handles aircraft accidents and aviation related incidents in state and federal courts throughout the country, utilizing local counsel when necessary.
Our team of experienced and respected litigation and trial attorneys works tirelessly to defend all cases through trial while effectively pursuing opportunities for pre-suit and early resolution. We represent aviation businesses of all sizes, individual certificate holders, and aviation operators under FAR Parts 91 and 135. Our commercial attorneys complement the aviation practice with expansive aviation transactional services including, but not limited to, acquisition and sale/leasing of aircraft; hangar/tie-down leases/subleases on behalf of aircraft operators and fixed base operators; regulatory compliance considerations; minimization of sales and use tax; financing; participation and interest acquisition in fractional ownership programs; establishment and registration of aircraft holding and operating entities; and negotiation and drafting of management and charter agreements on both national and international bases.
We work aggressively to resolve tort matters pre-suit based upon candid and rapid analysis of complicated liability and damages claims and, when resolution is not possible, our attorneys are adept at identifying and capitalizing upon strategic defense issues including issues of federal preemption and venue considerations, operational control determinations and implications, liability shifting and apportionment opportunities, and mitigation of damages theories. This same approach is employed in our defense of commercial aviation litigation matters, including employment disputes, breach of contract claims, airport operator versus tenant disputes, and other business-related tort theories. Our team also handles regulatory defense matters including the defense of certificate holders, private businesses (aviation and non-aviation), and individuals in FAA enforcement proceedings, including emergency certificate revocation proceedings, proposed certificate actions, and proposed civil penalty actions.