The aviation industry has specific legal matters to navigate that require a sophisticated understanding of regulations, business obligations, and other pressing matters. You must address everything from the airports you operate to the facilities you manufacture in to the people you employ.

At Sands Anderson, we enjoy helping our aviation clients find the legal solutions they need to look forward and stay on track. Our goal is to provide the lasting value that helps you come out ahead by helping you keep abreast of today and tomorrow’s developments and regulations.

We work across the aviation industry, supporting clients that include:

  • Air Carriers
  • Airframe and Power Plant Mechanics
  • Airports
  • Aviation Insurers
  • Fixed Base Operators
  • Maintenance Facilities
  • Pilots
  • Product Manufacturers
  • Aviation Insurance Coverage

Our attorneys collaborate to serve clients with steadfast and thorough support. Across a range of legal goals, we’ve helped aviation professionals and organizations by pairing the resources of a multipractice firm with hands-on and personal service.

Our Experience

Our accomplished trial attorneys include former military officers, pilots, and trained accident investigators. So no matter your legal need, we provide the technical and practical experience to efficiently handle aviation cases. Our in-depth knowledge of aircraft operations and engineering allows us to handle the complex and technical issues that arise from aviation incidents.

Our varied backgrounds give our team the unique ability to tailor specific legal solutions for our clients needs. You also gain legal allies who understand how to coordinate with accident investigators and experts, as well as with various government agencies. Through our experiences, we’ve prepared and handled cases with:

  • Department of Justice
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • National Transportation Safety Board

We bring additional experience advising the Department of Navy on aviation accident matters. Our team members have also served as trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Aviation Litigation section.

Aviation Accidents

In every step, we’re here to guide you through the often complex legal needs that arise out of aviation accidents. We thoroughly to investigate accidents and evaluate witnesses in order to provide clients with early risk management options and litigation strategies. We encourage clients to call immediately when they have been involved in air incidents so we can investigate and provide counseling even before a lawsuit has been filed.

No matter your unique legal situation, Sands Anderson’s collaborative community provides clients with resilient and experienced support. We handle all types of aviation-related matters, including wrongful death, negligence, and products liability litigation.

Obstruction Contact Cases

Over the years, we’ve developed a niche in defending electrical utilities and other structure owners in aviation tower and wire contact cases. With accomplished and thorough support, we have helped clients resolve their legal needs including:

  • Appeals
  • Early Onsite Investigation
  • Litigation
  • Pre-Litigation Investigation

Our team is happy to provide lectures and publications on how to prepare for and handle this unusual type of aviation/utility incident and litigation.

Aviation-Related Liability and Other Areas

We support airlines, airports, and their insurers as they navigate a variety of legal matters. We have helped clients with:

  • Air Carrier Access Act Claims
  • Airline Restructurings and Bankruptcies
  • Airport and Environmental Issues
  • Aviation Economic Regulatory Matters
  • Aviation Insurance Coverage
  • Baggage and Cargo Claims
  • Cabin Service
  • FAA Compliance and Enforcement
  • General Commercial Matters
  • Negligence
  • Negotiating Equipment Purchases or Leases
  • Overhead Bin Cases
  • Personal Injury Cases
  • Premises Liability
  • Slip and Falls


We help clients in aviation litigation throughout the United States, including, but not limited to:

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

Our attorneys are members in the following state bars:

  • Virginia
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • District of Columbia
  • Various federal courts

Airport Litigation

Sands Anderson’s lawyers offer principled and accomplished support for airports and airport authorities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Our collaborative community ensures that clients receive the detailed and knowledgeable service they deserve.

No matter an airport’s stage of development, we’ve helped clients assess current and future legal matters. We’ve worked to create independent authorities to operate airports as regional aviation facilities. Once established, we can provide full representation to the airport authority. Our experience in airport legal issues include:

  • Air Carrier Access Act Claims Defense
  • Airport Operations Including Contract Negotiations
  • Financing and Obtaining Funding for Airport Development
  • Property Acquisition for Airport Expansion
  • Regulatory Representation in Dealings with the FAA, Virginia Department of Aviation, and Other Federal and State Regulatory Authorities

With experience and in-depth knowledge, we stand ready to offer counsel on any of your airport litigation needs.