Premier National Aviation Law Firm

Nearly 40 years ago, Coddington, Hicks & Danforth was founded with a focus on defending individuals and entities in the American aviation and aerospace industries. The firm is now regarded as one of the premier aviation law firms in the country. We handle the entire spectrum of aviation and aerospace cases, including:

  • Incidents, accidents and mass air disasters
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems ("drones")
  • General aviation accidents
  • Contract and licensing disputes
  • Aviation security matters, including hijacking and terrorist acts
  • Hull damage claims
  • Property damage claims
  • Passenger misconduct matters
  • Passenger injury and death claims
  • Discrimination claims
  • Disability-related passenger claims
  • In-flight medical emergencies
  • Product liability claims
  • Regulatory issues and disputes
  • Aviation insurance coverage disputes
  • Aviation-related environmental claims and disputes

The Sky's the Limit: Airplanes, Helicopters, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and so Much More

Utilizing our extensive legal and technical experience, the firm resolves disputes involving commercial and private airplanes, airships, helicopters, hot air balloons, gliders, satellites and unmanned aircraft systems ("drones"). We regularly represent airlines, airports, aircraft and component part designers and manufacturers, aircraft owners, operators, pilots, crewmembers, maintenance personnel, fixed-base operators, flight instructors, flight schools, flight clubs and others involved in the field of aviation.

Precedent-Setting, Cutting-Edge Representation

Our firm has been instrumental in shaping many of the current aviation laws through our litigation of the original precedent-setting cases. Our attorneys remain on the cutting edge of technology and law, anticipating the future of aviation. We use our substantial knowledge of both litigation and appellate law to steer emerging issues in a direction that will help our clients in the short term and the long term.

For example, as the technology for Unmanned Aircraft Systems advances at breakneck speed, our clients are able to turn to us and rely on our deep, extensive knowledge of aviation regulations to help them set and accomplish their goals with respect to the use of this new technology.

We serve as national counsel and advise clients on important legal issues and issues that have the potential to impact the clients' valued brand.

Representative Aviation Cases

The firm has handled aviation cases that have involved a wide range of issues. These include, among many others, claims and suits involving allegations of:

  • Civil rights violations by airlines and airport security providers
  • Denial of access to automated technologies and services by individuals with disabilities
  • Injuries and death involving commercial aircraft, private airplanes, helicopters, hot air balloons and other aerial vehicles worldwide
  • Property damage or theft, including grounding claims, claims involving transportation of live animals and stolen or lost property
  • Damages or injuries sustained in connection with or as a result of the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft and their component parts
  • Injuries and damages claimed to result from representations made in the sale of aircraft and instruction provided in the training of pilots

In addition to handling numerous claims and litigation stemming from accidents involving multiple fatalities in general aviation aircraft, our firm has represented clients in major, complex, multidistrict air disaster litigation, including lawsuits resulting from the following:

  • The bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland
  • The hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan
  • The crash of an Air India 747 shortly after departure from Bombay, India
  • Fatal helicopter accident involving the death of Walt Disney Company CEO, Frank Wells
  • Fatal helicopter accident involving the death of 12 passengers and crew in Afghanistan
  • Singapore Airlines Flight SQ006, a 747 that crashed in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Fatal turbulence incident involving United Flight 826 over the Pacific Ocean
  • Aborted takeoff accident involving TWA Flight 843 at JFK International Airport

Consult Our Experienced Aviation Attorneys

To discuss your case with attorneys who are at the forefront of aviation law, call Coddington, Hicks & Danforth at 650-592-5400 or contact our aviation firm online for your free initial consultation. Our office is located in Redwood City and represents clients throughout California and the United States, including San Mateo, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara and the surrounding communities in Northern California.