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Aviation Law

Mills Meyers Swartling, P.S., is one of the nation’s premier law firms practicing in the complex field of aviation law.  We represent aircraft, engine, system, and component manufacturers and sellers; major air carriers and other operators; aircraft owners and pilots; fixed base operators; and other aerospace industry clients.   We are uniquely positioned to handle aviation matters throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

  • Airplane and helicopter accidents
  • Cargo loss
  • Commercial disputes
  • Aviation product liability
  • Ground damage
  • Airline passenger injury
  • Discrimination claims
  • Regulatory compliance and enforcement


Representative Work

  • Obtained defense verdict in case against international airline involving injuries to wheelchair passenger.
  • Defeated remand motion in Air Carrier Access Act claim against commercial air carrier based on federal preemption.
  • Obtained defense verdict in race discrimination claim against national airline.
  • Successfully defeated on summary judgment all claims against weather forecasting service based on determination of no duty under contract and tort principles.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims against helicopter medical transportation service in wrongful death action.
  • Successfully resolved claims against commuter airline and its pilot in wrongful death action arising out of midair collision.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims against builder of experimental airplane in personal injury action brought by a pilot who crashed the airplane.
  • Successfully resolved claims against commercial helicopter operator in personal injury case arising out of logging accident.
  • Defended fixed based operator and maintenance provider for jack failure leading to extensive wing damage to privately operated jet aircraft.

*Results in any particular case cannot predict the outcome in any other case.