A towed aircraft breaks free at the airport and smashes into another aircraft in the process of loading passengers. Property damage and personal injuries ensue. Plaintiffs retain counsel and various defendants jockey for position, tendering defenses to and from the other.
This interactive, role playing panel, moderated by Frederick Alimonti and featuring distinguished aviation litigators, will grapple with ethical dilemmas and try to do “do the right thing” from retention, all the way through a hypothetical mediation.
Tom is a partner in the New York office of Fitzpatrick, Hunt, Pagano, Aubert, LLP. Tom began his career as a systems design engineer on the U.S. Navy F-14D program at the then-Grumman Aerospace Corporation (now Northrop Grumman), working on a number of the fighter jet’s avionics systems. Coming from engineering, Tom’s law school focus was in the intellectual property disciplines, and he became a registered patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. After working at intellectual property law firms prosecuting patents and defending clients in patent and trademark infringement litigation, in 1993 Tom joined the attorneys that eventually formed Fitzpatrick & Hunt.
Since that time, Tom has handled aviation-related claims and litigation throughout the U.S. and abroad. The vast majority have been defending engine and component part manufacturers and service providers in product liability claims involving wrongful death, personal injury and property damage. Tom is admitted in the state courts in New York, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Founder and Senior Partner Rick Alimonti brings over twenty years of aviation and insurance litigation experience to the firm. His experience includes product liability, airline law, general aviation, and aviation insurance coverage. Martindale-Hubble lists Mr. Alimonti as an “AV” peer-reviewed lawyer, the highest rating awarded by the organization.
Mr. Alimonti is a member of the Southern District of New York’s mediation panel and has been appointed to the SDNY Mediator Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the American Bar Association and of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association. He founded Alimonti Mediation Services in 2012 to mediate disputes involving product liability, premises liability, aviation law and commercial disputes. Rick recently became affiliated with “Mediators Plus More,” a New York-based panel of private mediators that matches mediator expertise and experience to the dispute at issue. http://mediatorsplusmore.com/.
Alimonti Law Offices is a frequent provider of CLE-accredited programs in the United States and abroad. In June 2014, Mr. Alimonti was a panelist at the ABA National Institute on Aviation Litigation and presented “Trying not to Stress the Small Stuff, Tips on the Effective Handling of Non-Catastrophic Aviation Cases” and was also a panelist at the 48th Annual SMU Airlaw Symposium in Dallas, Texas, where he presented “Ethics in Negotiation and Mediation.” In June 2013, Mr. Alimonti was a panelist on ethical issues at the ABA Aviation Litigation Seminar in NYC. In June 2012, Mr. Alimonti presented “Defending and Managing Claims involving Unruly Passengers” at the ACI Conference in Boston, MA. In 2011, he presented a paper at the ABA Section of Litigation, Joint Committee Meeting in Snowmass, Colorado, and he presented “Ethics in Aviation Litigation” at the 2011 SMU Air Law Symposium and at the 2011 Aviation Litigation CLE Seminar at the NYC Bar Association.
Mr. Alimonti’s academic contributions to the field of aviation law include the formation and launch of the American Bar Association’s highly successful first Annual Seminar on Aviation Litigation in 1995. This program continues as an annual institution in New York to this day. Mr. Alimonti has twice served as chair of the ABA’s Aviation Litigation Committee. His positions include:
Mr. Alimonti is a regular speaker on aviation law, mediation and ethics. He has presented and published numerous articles including the following:
Mr. Alimonti received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University and his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University Law School. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, and Eleventh Circuits. He serves as the President of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum at Teterboro, New Jersey and is a private pilot.
Glenn Vallach has been a Claims Attorney with United States Aircraft Insurance Group since October 2012. In that capacity, Glenn is the principal coverage analyst for the company, and he manages and supervises a broad range of significant liability claims for the General Aviation, Manufacturing & Special Risks and Airlines claims divisions within USAIG. Glenn also serves on the Policy Language Revision Committee and the Subrogation Committee for the company.
Prior to joining USAIG, Glenn was an aviation litigation and trial attorney for a boutique New York City defense law firm in Manhattan for almost five years. In that capacity, Glenn litigated a large number of complex aviation matters for a variety of prominent aviation entities and insurers. Glenn is also an accomplished and frequently published law professor, having taught commercial law and business courses for private and public universities in New York and New Jersey since 2009.
Glenn graduated Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History in 2005, and graduated Fordham University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 2008. He is admitted to practice law in the courts of the State of New York and in the Eastern and Southern District Courts of New York, and is a member of the American Bar Association, Aviation Insurance Association and New York State Bar Association.
Erin R. Applebaum joined Kreindler & Kreinder LLP in 2017 as an associate. She represents individuals who have been seriously injured due to the negligence of others. As part of the firm's aviation practice, she maintains a particular focus on the representation of passengers who have been injured or killed during the course of commercial air travel. She has been selected to the New York Metro SuperLawyers list as a Rising Star in Aviation and Aerospace law for the past four years and maintains a “Superb” client rating from the Avvo legal services website.
Erin graduated in 2010 from Brooklyn Law School and received her undergraduate degree in 2007 from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
Erin is a member of the the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association's TIPS Aviation and Space Law Committee, and the New York City Bar Association's Aeronautics Committee, where she serves as chair of the subcommittee on Commercial Aviation Casualty.
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