Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

California, 1963
U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1963
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1970
U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
United Kingdom, Court of Inquiry, 1972 (Investigating crash of British European Airways Trident jet in June 1972, London, England)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1973
United States Court of Federal Claims, 1974
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1975
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1977
District of Columbia, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1982
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1983
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2006
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2006
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2008
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2008
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2009
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2009
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2012



  • University of Southern California (B.S.L., 1960)
  • University of Southern California (J.D., 1962)
  • Private Pilot License, USA (1980)



Honors & Awards


Professional Associations


  • State Bar of California
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum; Aviation Law Section; Heparin Litigation Group; Medtronic InFUSE® Litigation Group; Qui Tam Litigation Group; Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP)
  • American Bar Association: The Forum on Air and Space Law; Litigation Section and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America®
  • International Bar Association, Aviation Law Committee
  • Legal Expert Witness, Westlaw Round Table Group, 2012
  • Life Member, Ostriches Anonymous Association (OAA), Promoting Aviation Safety and Risk Awareness
  • Public Justice
  • World Jurist Association of the World Peace Through Law Center
  • Founding Member, World Association of Law Professors of the World Peace Through Law Center





  • ANN News TV Asahi Tokyo, Japan
  • Buffalo News: WGRZ, WIBV, WKBW
  • CBS local news Philadelphia, Maryland, Miami
  • Charlotte News: WCNC TV, WSOCTV
  • Discovery Channel
  • Fox Business News, Fox Business Happy Hour
  • Fox News Channel , Your World with Neil Cavuto
  • KCBS News Los Angeles
  • KNBC Ch. 4 News Los Angeles
  • National Geographic Channel
  • NBC Chicago
  • Reelz Channel


Representative Cases


  • U.S.A. vs. Moore
    427 F.2d 1020 (10th Cir.–1970)
    [Administrative Law; equitable relief, injunctions]
  • People vs. Powell
    14 C.A.3d 693, 92 C.R. 501 (1971)
    [Felony murder rule]
  • Cacciaguidi v. Elliott
    39 Cal.App.3d 261, 114 Cal.Rptr. 93, 39 Cal. Comp. Cases 963, Cal.App. 2 Dist. (1974)
  • Drenzek vs. Inmont Corp.
    57 C.A.3d 878, 129 C.R. 429 (1976)
    [Assumption of Risk]
  • Dassin vs. Darlene Knitwear
    387 F.Supp. 958 (USDC, D.Puerto Rico–1974)
    [In personam jurisdiction]
  • Baxter vs. Superior Court
    19 C.3d 461, 138 C.R. 315 (1977)
    [Loss of consortium]
  • Benjamins vs. British European Airways
    572 F.2d 913 (2nd Cir. 1978)
    [Warsaw Convention]
  • Cable vs. Sahara Tahoe Corp.
    93 C.A.3d 1025, 155 C.R. 770 (1979)
    [Conflict of laws]
  • La Pietra vs. Freed
    87 C.A.3d 384, 151 C.R. 554 (1979)
  • Flashman v. Superior Court (Pacific Southwest Airlines)
    107 Cal.App.3d 117, 165 Cal.Rptr. 680, Cal.App. 4 Dist. (1980)
    [Coordination and venue]
  • Sevilla vs. Stearns-Roger, Inc.
    101 C.A.3d 608, 161 C.R. 700 (1980)
    [Product Liability]
  • Harris Corp. vs. Comair
    712 F.2d 1069 (6th Cir. 1983)
    [Right of employer to collect for death of employee; Avi. Accid. Law; Conflict of laws, Negligence]
  • Gradus vs. Hanson Aviation
    158 C.A.3d 1038, 205 C.R. 211 (1984)
    [Duty of common carrier (see BAJI 6.51); Fed. Avi. Regs., Part 135, Res Ipsa Loquitur, Negligence]
    [Closing argument published by Million Dollar Verdicts by Western Masters]
  • In Re Aircrash Disaster Near Cerritos,
    DiCosta vs. Aeronaves de Mexico, SA

    973 F.2d 1490 (9th Cir. 1992)
    [Emotional Distress]
  • Brooks vs. St. Mary’s Hospital
    57 C.A.4th 241, 66 C.R.2d 820 (1997)
    [Preemption Doctrine/Constitutional Law]
    [Case settled pending re-hearing; depublished]
  • McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc.
    211 F.R.D. 381 (C.D.Cal., 2002)
  • McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc.
    208 F.R.D. 617 (C.D.Cal. 2002)
  • Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 596 F.Supp.2d 1225 (S.D.Ind. 2008)(granting plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration and holding that plaintiff’s claims are not preempted by federal law)
  • Knipe v.SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 553 (E.D.Pa 2008) (holding that plaintiffs’ claims are not preempted by federal law)
  • Knipe v. SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 602 (E.D.Pa. 2008)(holding that a drug manufacturer owes a duty to warn regarding risks associated with off-label uses and allowing plaintiffs’ claims for compensatory and  punitive damages to proceed to the jury)
  • Collins v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 2008 WL 744070 (Pa. Ct.Com.Pl. March 11, 2008)
  • Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 701 F.Supp.2d 1040 (S.D.Ind.2010) (denying defendant’s learned intermediary defense and further allowing plaintiffs’ experts to testify regarding the causal association between antidepressants and increased suicidal behavior)



Speaking Engagements


  • Topics: Aviation Litigation, International Law
    Organization: World Peace Through Law Conferences
    Locations: Madrid, Manila, New York
    Date: 1970s
  • Topic: Speaker and Panel Member: Aviation Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Right of Privacy, Tort Law
    Organization: Belli Seminars
    Event: Seminars
    Location: Riverside, California
    Date: 1970s
  • Topic: “Product Liability – Didn’t Business Learn From the ‘Malpractice’ Crisis?”
    Organization: Town Hall Los Angeles
    Event: Town Hall General Luncheon, Orange County Forum
    Location: Los Angeles, California
    Date: November 17, 1977
  • Topic: Special Guest Lecturer on The American Judicial System
    Event: Lecture
    Organization: Christchurch Polytechnic, School of Broadcasting
    Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
    Date: 1997
  • Topic: OJ Simpson criminal and civil jury verdicts
    Organization: Shanghai School of Social Science
    Event: Lecture
    Location: Shanghai, P.R.C.
    Date: 1998
  • Topic: Paxil Litigation
    Organization: HB Litigation Conferences
    Event: Teleconference
    Location: Teleconference
    Date: November 5, 2009
  • Topic: Ruminations on the Practice of Law – A 50-Year Perspective
    Organization: Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association
    Event: VCTLA Monthly Program
    Location: Oxnard, California
    Date: October 28, 2014







Service Activities


  • Arbitrator/Mediator–Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Served as Chairman of the Board, and was a founder of the Family Assistance Program, a charitable, public benefit, corporation, organized to assist homeless families (originally known as the Family Assistance Program of Hollywood.)
  • A founder of, and general counsel for, The Women’s Clinic, a free clinic providing health care needs to needy women in Los Angeles.