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Aviation Law

O’Brien & Padilla, P.C. has an extensive practice involving the prosecution and defense of wrongful death, personal injury, and other claims arising from aviation accident litigation involving commercial airlines, air ambulances, charter and commuter airplane crashes. Our firm’s resources enable us to investigate and determine the true cause of aviation crashes. We fill in investigative gaps missed by the National Transportation and Safety Board, providing our clients with the best possible representation against culpable parties, whether airlines, product manufacturers, charter operators, maintenance organizations, or other parties. We have successfully resolved cases throughout New Mexico and Colorado involving airplane crashes and skydiving accidents. When requested, our lawyers also serve on a “quick response team” to investigate significant losses within hours of the occurrence, in order to gather and preserve evidence that would otherwise be lost or destroyed by first responders and investigative agencies.

In addition to its crash litigation practice, our aviation practice includes advising clients in complex aircraft sale and lease transactions, developing risk management and liability mitigation strategies for aviation operators in the commercial air tour and skydiving industries, and the representation of airmen involved in administrative proceedings before the Federal Aviation Administration.


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  • Albuquerque Office
    6000 Indian School Road N.E.
    Suite 200
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110
    Phone: 505-883-8181
    Fax: 505-883-3232