Ethical Considerations in Representing Victims in Aviation Accidents

(677 Ratings)

Produced on: May 19, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 91 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

So you’ve been contacted by a prospective client in an aviation accident. Do you undertake representation? The answer as to whether or not you and your firm can represent that client may not be as cut and dry as it seems. Representing parties injured in aviation accidents is a unique area of the law, and many attorneys do not recognize the distinctive issues such representation presents, or do so far too late in the course of representation.  

 

In this course, Mike Miska, a Philadelphia-based aviation attorney from the Wolk Law Firm, discusses the important ethical considerations unique to aviation cases that confront attorneys from the initial retainer and that arise in the course of litigation.  These topics include solicitation restrictions, conflicts in small aircraft crashes between occupants, the interplay of case development with the National Transportation Safety Board, cost considerations, and other related concerns. 

 

Learning Objectives:

I.      Understand the unique field of ethical conflicts that confront the lawyer in developing an aviation case

II.     Identify means of avoiding the pitfalls that conflict a lawyer from representation 

III.    Set parameters for the scope of representation and recognize when to say yes, and when to refer to a different attorney

IV.    Recognize the work required for competent development and client representation

 

Faculty

Michael S. Miska

The Wolk Law Firm

Michael Miska is an Attorney at the Wolk Law Firm in its litigation team.  He has worked withthis firm since 2008.  The Wolk Law Firm exclusively handles Aviation Litigation for Plaintiffs, and Mr. Miska’s practice accordingly solely focuses on this area.  He has worked on both foreign and domestic air crashes involving fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.  In addition, Mr. Miska has handled both private flights, charter operations, and commercial and transport category matters.  Mr. Miska is involved in every aspect of developing his cases, from initial inspections and case development up to trial and appellate work.  Mr. Miska is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  In addition to working in aviation litigation, Mr. Miska also holds a private pilot certificate with instrument and multiengine ratings. 

Significant Matters: 

  • Crash of a Boeing 747-400 in Dubai, UAE due to smoke in the cockipt
  • In-flight breakup of a Piper PA-34 near Evora, Portugal
  • In-flight breakup of a Piper PA-34 in Johnstown, NY
  • Crash of a Gulfstream G-IV in Bedford, MA due to control system malfunction
  • Engine failure in a PA-44 aircraft at West Palm Beach International
  • Engine failure in a Beechcraft King Air at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport

Reviews

JF
Julie F.

Interesting topic.

GG
Gal G.

Great class.

KP
Kenneth P.

This subject, although complex, was present in a very understandable and professional manner

SB
Steven B.

Excellent presentation

RM
Rodney M.

Excellent, clear presentation

DG
David G.

great

RK
Raymond K.

Interesting and well presented

DH
Daniel H.

Very informative. While I elected to take the class because the topic seemed interesting and in a field I don't practice, I really feel like I have an understanding of some of the issues.

BS
Benjamin S.

excellent speaker. very informative.

AP
Andrew P.

Fantastic course! Need more time for the materials. Please add more aviation law courses. Please develop a Lawline app too. Thank you!

AP
Andrew P.

Fantastic course! Need more time for the materials. Please add more aviation law courses. Please develop a Lawline app too. Thank you!

AP
Andrew P.

Fantastic course! Need more time for the materials. Please add more aviation law courses. Please develop a Lawline app too. Thank you!

AP
Andrew P.

Fantastic course! Need more time for the materials. Please add more aviation law courses. Please develop a Lawline app too. Thank you!

PS
Patrick S.

I liked the material and the topic. Clearly a very experienced speaker.

AY
Alisa Y.

Speaker was very knowledgeable.

RK
Richard E. K.

good job

PN
Paul N.

Great

RC
Robert C.

A really fascinating area. Interesting way to get ethics credits.

KC
Kenneth C.

Informative and interesting presentation on a topic most of us do not have to consider every day.

PB
Phillip B.

Very well presented and informative.

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