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Airplane Accidents

The lawyers at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf have represented New York and New Jersey victims of almost every major airplane crash in the last 60 years. Our firm's approach to aviation litigation is the same as it is in all of the firm cases--we do not accept representation “in bulk” but rather, approach each case individually. This is a different approach than many other firms in the area of airline crash litigation. Our approach maximizes the ultimate recovery for our clients as they are treated individually and each case is negotiated that way and not in a mass. We are very mindful of the fact that a meticulously prepared case can not only hold those responsible for the plane accident accountable, but can ultimately save lives.

When an airline disaster occurs, victims and their families need the representation of a committed, resourceful law firm to help them accomplish their goals. Our vast experience distinguishes GGCRBHS&M from other aviation firms. The Firm's founder, Harry A. Gair, was universally recognized as the pioneer in the field of aviation crash litigation, and handled such cases as the American Airlines crash in the East River in February, 1959 and Jane Froman and Gypsy Lee Markoff's case against Pan American airlines. Following the Pan American trial, the trial Judge, Aron Steuer, the son of the great trial lawyer Max Steuer, wrote Harry Gair the following letter:

My Dear Mr. Gair, In the course of over twenty-three years on the bench I have had occasion to listen to some thousands of summations. I have never heard one which was the equal of your effort made the action of Froman and Markoff against Pan American Lines. For cogency of argument, selection of material from the record, manner of presentation and delivery, in fact from every standpoint it was masterly. Do not infer from this that I find that any part of the presentation of the case was less than what it ought have been, but only that the summation was so outstanding that I cannot forbear declaring my admiration.

Our partners have served on the Steering Committee's in many major cases. Our partner, Howard S. Hershenhorn, led our firm's successful efforts in representing a client who was a severely injured passenger in the American Eagle flight #3379 airplane crash in Raleigh, N.C. Hershenhorn also served on the Steering Committee for all the victims' families and worked with counsel in North Carolina and traveled throughout the country taking depositions of multiple pilots, aeronautical engineering experts and others. The following are some other victims and their families GGCRBHS&M has represented in aviation litigation:

  • The widow of one of the highest ranking executives of Citigroup who was killed in an airplane crash in Brazil while on a TAM (Brazilian airline) airplane that crashed into a building. The case was brought against the airline and the airplane manufacturer in New York and despite multiple attempts to move the case out of New York and back to Brazil we were successful in keeping the case in New York and it was resolved very favorably.
  • The family of the President of a major Swiss watch manufacturer who was killed in the airplane crash of Swiss Air flight 111.
  • The families of multiple victims of the American Airlines crash over Belle Harbor Queens.
  • The family of a passenger killed in an airplane accident while flying in a small Piper airplane which crashed while flying over New England
  • The recent crash of Continental flight 3407 in Buffalo, NY
  • Flight 3379 crash of American Eagle in Raleigh, NC

If necessary, we also retain expert accountants and financial analysts because many airplane accident cases have their own set of associated losses including lost wages, the cost of care and many other monetary costs. In order to accurately assess what these costs will be for the remainder of a victim’s life, we use financial professionals to derive fair resolutions for injury victims. The attorneys at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf have more than 60 years of experience representing clients who have suffered personal and financial loss as a result of airplane accidents. If you or a family member has been involved in an airplane crash, please Contact us to discuss your case.

Disclaimer: Please be advised that the results achieved in any given case depend upon the exact facts and circumstances of that case. Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf cannot guarantee a specific result in any legal matter. Any testimonial or case result listed on this site is based on an actual legal case and represents the results achieved in that particular case, and does not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction of the outcome of any other legal matter.

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