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Who We Are and What We Do

From air safety to technology to manufacturing to customer service, few industries have been at the center of the most important issues of our time as the aviation industry.  

Although many firms have lawyers who have helped aviation industry clients with one type of work, RSHC partners have decades of experience in every aspect of the industry, allowing them to provide clients with a broad-based perspective and pragmatic, contextualized, and commercial advice which takes into account geopolitical events, economic challenges, and changing regulations.  

The aviation team at RSHC has experience successfully representing manufacturers, airlines, maintenance, and ground handling companies in a variety of matters across the United States and internationally, in Canada, Asia, South America, Central America, and Europe.  

These matters include government accident investigations, FAA and EASA investigations, major air disaster litigation, and class actions.   

This breadth and depth uniquely positions RSHC to assess the legal questions our clients need answered and advise on the appropriate legal construct to provide the desired business outcome. 

Our Clients

Our clients include aircraft manufacturers, component manufacturers, aircraft maintenance companies, airlines, and airport concession operators throughout the world.  

Our Lawyers

RSHC has a dedicated team of lawyers steeped in the aviation industry, handling all manner of legal disputes. They are recognized leaders in the field of aviation who have spent their careers employing a business-sensitive, collaborative approach hand in hand with our clients. 

Our Approach and Results 

Unlike many other law firms’ aviation practices that are more “transactional” in nature, we invest heavily in long-term relationships and as a result, we understand the industry, its regulatory environment, and its idiosyncrasies.  We have been representing many of our clients for decades and have helped them with every facet of their legal needs, working in concert with their in-house counsel, business units, insurers, and insurance brokers to provide commercial, pragmatic legal counsel.  We believe in providing very customized legal advice through lean, dedicated teams that provide a continuity of advice that benefits our clients. 

Delivering Value

We deliver value to our clients and align our pricing mechanism with our clients’ business needs and expectations. Our lawyers become fully invested in each matter because effective advocacy is a hands-on venture, and we believe that lean litigation teams can deliver great results in a much more cost-effective way.

Representative Engagements

  • Served as lead counsel in the defense of aircraft manufacturer in multi-state litigation arising out of U.S. and foreign commercial airline accidents, including the Spanair MD-82 accident at Madrid; the Valujet MD-80 accident near Miami, Florida; the United Airlines DC-10 accident at Sioux City, Iowa; the China Eastern MD-11 mid-air incident near the Aleutian Islands; the Northwest Airlines MD-80 accident at Detroit; and the American Airlines DC-10 accident at Chicago.
  • Lead defense counsel in 12 wrongful death and two severe burn injury case involving crash of Cessna Caravan. 
  • Served as lead counsel in the defense of a component manufacturer in wrongful death litigation arising from a General Aviation accident involving multi-millionaire parents of eight children.  We were hired after close of discovery to replace original counsel.  We obtained a very favorable settlement during jury selection.
  • Served as lead counsel in Charleston, West Virginia in defense of component manufacturer in construction defect claim arising out of a landslide at Yeager Airport.
  • Represented a manufacturer in multidistrict litigation arising from crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport 
  • Acted as lead trial counsel for a maintenance company in litigation involving 10 wrongful deaths arising from the crash of a single engine turbine aircraft.
  • Successfully defended an international airline in a dozen putative consumer class actions, involving a wide range of issues.  In each case, the asserted claims were dismissed either at the pleading stage or on summary judgment following limited discovery.