Phone: (804) 783-7243
Fax: (804) 783-7291
 
 
 
Al Orgain is a member of the Coverage and Casualty Litigation Group which he led for over 20 years. He is also a member of  the Aviation and Commercial Transportation teams.  His legal practice is concentrated in civil litigation defense dealing with trucking, product liability, fire and other property claims, personal injury and insurance law with an emphasis on aviation, airport and airline litigation.

Commercial Transportation

Al has defended trucking companies and their employees statewide in serious accident cases.  This has necessitated working with safety managers, mechanics, human factors experts and accident reconstructionists.  Most recently, he was involved in the investigation and defense of a trucking company involved in one of the most severe truck/motor vehicle accidents to occur in Virginia.  These claims and the litigation lasted for three years and were successfully concluded after approximately fifteen wrongful death and personal injury cases were mediated or otherwise settled.

Aviation and Utility Law

Al has handled investigation and litigation dealing with general aviation aircraft crashes, airline accidents and other aviation issues in Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, the Carolinas, Delaware, West Virginia, Indiana, Idaho, New Mexico and Georgia.  In the actual investigation phase of aircraft accidents, he has examined wreckage, interviewed eyewitnesses and rendered opinions as to the probable causes of the accidents.  Since 1984 he has developed a subspecialty of defending electric utilities and other tower owners in cases involving aviation wire and structure strikes.  He has published and lectured on this subject and is recognized by a leading utility insurer as an expert in this arcane area of aviation/utility litigation.  Because of his experience as an aviator and in investigating accidents, Al can often save time and expense by deciding early on which expert witnesses are needed, if any, for further examination in order to render opinions in court.  This practice has been regional and the use of self-flown aircraft to get to accident scenes, depositions and court appearances has greatly aided the efficient handling of this litigation.  As a holder of commercial certificates for operation of rotorcraft, airplanes and seaplanes (with instrument ratings) as well as private glider privileges, his interest in aviation remains strong both personally and professionally.  Al continues to fly fixed wing aircraft for business and pleasure and has even tried parachuting, hang gliders and ultralight vehicles.

Product Liability

Products as diverse as airplane engines, concrete pumps, power tools, tractors, furniture, safety harnesses, sheet metal brakes and drugs and other chemicals have been the makeup of Al's product liability experience.  His defense of these cases in federal and state courts has been charaterized by an intense and thorough study of the product and manufacturing process.

Insurance Coverage and General Defense

It has always been necessary for Al to be attuned to the nuances of the insurance contract in fire and casualty cases, aviation accidents and other similar casualty situations.  He has handled coverage disputes, including examinations under oath, declaratory judgment actions and the appeals of such actions from the onset of his association with Sands Anderson.  During his career he has defended insureds and self-insureds in the usual (premises and auto accidents) and the unusual (hot tub and wrongful arrest claims) in courts across the Commonwealth and in neighboring states.  Most recently, these cases have resulted in decisions for insurance companies in two federal cases in Virginia, one of which was unsuccessfully appealed by the insured to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

After graduating from Virginia Military Institute in 1965, Al served three years in the United States Army as an armor officer, helicopter gunship pilot and instrument flight instructor.  During the Vietnam War he was twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart and received six Air Medals.  While in law school, he worked part-time towing sailplanes and teaching flying.  In 1982, Al was recommissioned a captain in the Virginia Army National Guard and served a tour as a helicopter pilot and Section Leader.

Al is listed in Best Lawyers in America, the Virginia Business magazine's "Virginia Legal Elite" and in Virginia Super Lawyers®, where he is the only lawyer in the state recognized for a practice in aviation law.

In 2010, Al was inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame. In 2011, Al was named a Virginia Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law in recognition of his aviation law practice and support of aviation history in the Commonwealth. 


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■ Quick Facts

 

AVrated by Martindale Hubbell

Education

B.A., Virginia Military Institute, 1965
J.D., Washington & Lee University, 1971

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Delaware*
  • Idaho*
  • Indiana*
  • Kentucky*
  • North Carolina*
  • Ohio*
  • South Carolina*
  • West Virginia*
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia

    *Admitted Pro Hac Vice

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Litigation Section, Forum Committee on Air and Space Law and Property Law Committee)
  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond
  • Defense Research Institute (Trucking Law and Aerospace Law Subcommittees)
  • Helicopter Association International
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association
  • Richmond Transportation Club
  • Seaplane Pilots Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Virginia Airport Operators Council
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Virginia Aviation Business Association
  • Virginia Bar Association (Former Chair, Transportation Section and Air and Space Transportation Committee)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society (Past Chair)
  • Virginia Aviation Museum Foundation (Board Member)

Law Clerk

  • The Honorable John A. MacKenzie, U. S. District Court Judge, Eastern District of Virginia (Norfolk), 1971-1972

 *CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

 

■ Quick Facts

 

AVrated by Martindale Hubbell

Education

B.A., Virginia Military Institute, 1965
J.D., Washington & Lee University, 1971

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Delaware*
  • Idaho*
  • Indiana*
  • Kentucky*
  • North Carolina*
  • Ohio*
  • South Carolina*
  • West Virginia*
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia

    *Admitted Pro Hac Vice

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Litigation Section, Forum Committee on Air and Space Law and Property Law Committee)
  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond
  • Defense Research Institute (Trucking Law and Aerospace Law Subcommittees)
  • Helicopter Association International
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association
  • Richmond Transportation Club
  • Seaplane Pilots Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Virginia Airport Operators Council
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Virginia Aviation Business Association
  • Virginia Bar Association (Former Chair, Transportation Section and Air and Space Transportation Committee)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society (Past Chair)
  • Virginia Aviation Museum Foundation (Board Member)

Law Clerk

  • The Honorable John A. MacKenzie, U. S. District Court Judge, Eastern District of Virginia (Norfolk), 1971-1972

 *CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.