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Transportation Accident Investigations: Are You Prepared?

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Produced on November 15, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h 4m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Litigation Aviation

Course Description

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency that is responsible for investigating civil aviation accidents as well as significant accidents involving transportation by pipeline, railroad, highway, and marine. For many companies and their lawyers, the first encounter with the NTSB will be after a major accident has occurred. The post-accident environment is positively hostile to learning, however, and those who have not trained are prone to many basic mistakes, sometimes with substantial legal consequences.

In this course, Steptoe & Johnson Partner Dane Jaques and retired in-house counsel Chris Paul address what you need to know to understand the NTSB and your role in emergency preparedness, emergency response, and accident investigation in the aftermath of a major accident. Mr. Jaques has represented dozens of clients in investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board and various foreign accident investigation authorities. Mr. Paul has guided his company through several high-profile NTSB accident investigations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Address the workings of the NTSB, their regulations, and how they influence an accident investigation
  2. Anticipate and plan for issues arising from the NTSB party process
  3. Recognize basic mistakes that frequently occur in the absence of preparation
  4. Identify appropriate training topics for clients and their attorneys

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Dane Jaques

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

With more than three decades of transportation law experience, Dane Jaques represents clients in high-profile matters involving National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident response, pipeline safety, transportation regulation, aviation law, litigation, appeals, and administrative proceedings. Dane makes it a priority to collaborate closely with clients from the onset, to alleviate common problems in the post-accident environment. He regularly handles air carrier, general aviation, and pipeline accident investigations conducted by NTSB, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the US Chemical Safety Board, and many foreign accident investigation authorities. Dane’s transportation clients also rely on his litigation prowess in various tort and business litigation pending in state courts, federal courts, and before the FAA, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), NTSB, PHMSA, and other US administrative agencies. Dane has represented transportation clients in more than 30 transportation safety investigations in all modes of transportation. He also conducts corporate investigations and handles FAA and TSA enforcement actions against aviation concerns and their employees. Dane is also head of Steptoe’s autonomous vehicles initiative.

As a former FAR Part 135 Captain and flight instructor with more than 3,000 flight hours, Dane’s clients benefit from his first-hand knowledge and 360 degree perspective of the aviation industry. He frequently speaks on disaster response, NTSB, FAA, and PHMSA regulatory matters, as well as Unmanned Aircraft Systems. He co-founded and operated several small businesses, including a flight school and an insurance claim service. He also founded a charity, the Catastrophic Illness Assistance Foundation, and served as its first General Counsel.

Over the past 35 years Chris held various legal and management positions in government, private legal practice, and in corporations. He currently works as a counsel and consultant, primarily dealing with compliance and incident response matters. Much of his experience is in the energy industry, specifically with pipelines, refineries and terminal operations where, among other activities, he helps clients deal with regulatory compliance matters as well as spills and other incidents, dealing with EPA, OSHA, PHMSA/DOT/ICA, NTSB, and other agencies and regulatory programs.

Prior to entering private law practice (1996-2013), he was in-house counsel for Sun Company and Sun Pipe Line Company, and served as Environmental Department Manager, Sun Company, Tulsa Refinery. He had previously served on active duty as a U.S. Army JAGC lawyer with the Seventh Infantry Division, where he also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California. Most recently he served as General Counsel for Blueknight Energy Partners and for Gulf Oil LP. He is a graduate of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary and Dickinson College. 

He has been a frequent speaker on various topics during his career. A list of publications and presentations is available upon request addressed to capaulesq@gmail.com.


Debbie Ann R.

Excellent course & speakers.

Anthony M.

Great overview.

Brigham M.

Great course informative.

Cacilia M.

I learned a lot. The presenters were extremely knowledgable.

Herbert F.

Excellent Course

Louis t. A.

Well done

Faustino R.

The incidents mentioned were very interesting and it is great to know that a government agency is actually so meticulous and strict

Frank P.

very educ ational

Annette E. P.


Benjamin P.

Solid presentation.

Pamela S.

Liked having 2 presenters.

John C.

Everyone loves Dane!

Andrew P.

Great course Very good presenters

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