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Aerospace Law


Karr Tuttle Campbell offers significant experience in legal and business matters affecting all aspects of the aviation industry. Our aviation practice group includes a former chairman of the King County Bar Association Aviation Section, member of the Lawyer-Pilot’s Bar Association, member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, flight instructor (CFII), and a former aircraft owner.

Services Available

The attorneys at Karr Tuttle Campbell have represented airline passengers and their families; domestic and foreign airlines; manufacturers of aircraft and aircraft engines and components; pilots; aircraft owners; airport authorities; and local government bodies in regulatory, labor, and litigation matters.  These have included matters before the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Homeland Security (including the Transportation Security Administration and customs and immigration personnel in U.S. Customs and Border Protection), labor boards, federal and state courts, and administrative law judges.

Our practice in the aviation area draws upon lawyers from several practice groups and provides representation in the areas listed below.

Federal Agencies

We have counseled and represented aviation clients before various agencies regarding economic and business matters that involve licensing and fitness and in the areas of safety, security, consumer protection, customs, immigration, and compliance counseling and enforcement.

Labor and Employment

Our Labor and Employment Law practice group has extensive experience in the aviation industry. In addition to counseling clients on labor and employment issues, we have represented airlines in labor and employee disputes and litigation, organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, and contract interpretation and negotiation.


Our firm has significant experience in matters affecting aircraft-related business activities and transactions, including public and private financings, transfer and securitization of airline assets, and aviation bankruptcy and financial restructuring. We also have represented parties in aircraft and engine purchases, sales, financings, and operating leases.


The firm’s robust litigation practice offers lawyers who are well-versed in every aspect of litigation and conflict resolution that might affect persons with aviation interests. Of particular note, the firm is experienced in dealing with the problems and issues arising from domestic and international air disasters.

Representative Matters

  • Karr Tuttle Campbell provided representation regarding several deaths arising out of the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, which culminated in significant settlements.
  • Our attorneys have defended clients in cases involving various claims regarding allegations of defects in the design and/or manufacturing of a fuel system, alternate air induction systems, fuel venting systems, engines, carburetors.
  • We defended claims against an avionics manufacturer concerning allegedly defective HSI in a twin-engine aircraft which crashed near Anchorage, resulting in two deaths.
  • The firm defended a turbine engine manufacturer from claims regarding defective engines that allegedly led to the bankruptcy of an Alaskan airline.