Motley Rice seeks to hold accountable those responsible in personal injury or wrongful death cases that involve aviation crashes or incidents. Cases that we have litigated or are currently litigating include the following types of aviation:

Major Commercial Airlines

  • Includes both domestic and foreign flights
  • Encompasses typical fare paying, scheduled flights
  • Also includes chartered flights, air taxis and private planes for hire

Regional Carriers

  • May be owned by or have a code-share agreement with a major airline
  • May fly under major carriers’ names, paint and logos
  • Often fly small, foreign-built jets
  • May pay employees and contractors substantially less than the major carriers

General Aviation

Aviation lawsuits can include wrongful death, personal injury, product liability, strict liability, class actions and multinational and cross-border litigation. Our team works with families and family probate attorneys to resolve these and other complex legal issues.


In addition to litigating aviation crashes and disasters, Motley Rice’s aviation team has experience representing and achieving resolutions for victims and survivors of terrorist attacks involving commercial airlines. The firm undertook a massive investigation into alleged airline and aviation security failures surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks, helping to provide answers and access to evidence to the public. The firm represented and achieved settlements for 56 of the 96 families that opted out of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, in addition to litigating and negotiating a settlement in Bavis v. United Airlines et al. for the family of Mark Bavis, a passenger killed on board United Airlines Flight 175. Read more.

See a list of cases that we have litigated or are currently in litigation.