Among the multiple types of accidents that give rise to personal injury and/or wrongful death claims, aviation accidents present some of the more complex and sophisticated legal scenarios. One of our partners, Carlos Velasquez, a Florida Bar designated Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney, has practiced in the area of aviation accidents during his legal career. Mr. Velasquez has extensive experience handling aviation claims and aviation litigation in the United States, South and Central America, Europe and Africa.
Mr. Velasquez has represented numerous victims and/or surviving family members in multiple airline crashes and aviation accidents including, but not limited to, Avianca Airlines (1990), COPA Airlines (1993), Faucett Airlines (1990), SAM Airlines (1993), Intercontinental Airlines (1995), Tower Airlines (1995), American Airlines (1995), Faucett Airlines (1996), Aeroperu (1996), Millon Air Cargo (1996), Fine Air (1997), TAME/Air France (1998), Cubana Airlines (1998), American Airlines (2001), and AIRES Airlines (2010). Mr. Velasquez possesses the experience and qualifications necessary to handle domestic and international aviation disaster claims and litigation involving wrongful death and catastrophic injuries. Our firm also handles helicopter crashes and small and light plane crashes involving both private and non-commercial aircraft.
Mr. Velasquez played a prominent role in the development of aviation jurisprudence over the past thirty years. Mr. Velasquez has appeared before Federal and State courts in various states, argued aggressively on issues concerning jurisdiction and forum non-conveniens, and participated as a member of multi-district litigation committees in aviation litigation matters. Mr. Velasquez’s experience was recognized as early as 1995 when he was appointed by Federal District Judge Stanley A. Marcus to serve on the Multi-District Litigation Committee overseeing the Plaintiffs’ prosecution of the American Airlines crash of December 20, 1995.
Mr. Velasquez has lectured at The American Bar Association Aviation Conferences and the Blue Angels Legal Conference.