Helicopter Crash Litigation by Gary C. Robb

Published by Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc.

Helicopter Crash Litigation by Gary Robb is an essential and authoritative resource for any trial lawyer litigating helicopter crashes. This book provides the most comprehensive look at the intricate workings of a helicopter and how these complex machines most often crash. Aviation attorneys are given the opportunity to educate themselves on how to litigate these cases from pre-trial preparation through trial. This acclaimed book, first published in 2010, is now in its second edition (2015).

"Gary Robb is one of the most accomplished trial lawyers in the United States and the leading plaintiff's lawyer concentrating in helicopter crash litigation. Based on decades of successfull experience, his book combines mastery of the technical aspects and aerodynamics characteristics of helicopters — and their salient differences from other aircraft — with the key insight and broad legal knowledge of a master trial lawyer. The book is both comprehensive and practical."

Gregory P. Joseph
Former Chair, American Bar Association Section of Litigation
President, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2010-11

"This book is an essential volume for any lawyer litigating a helicopter crash caseā€¦ These unique cases require a different approach and techniques, which you will learn from accomplished trial lawyer Gary Robb, who has used these same techniques in a brilliant career as a trial lawyer."

International Press Publication Inc.

Table of Contents

About The Author





  • 1.1 Background and Scope of this Book
  • 1.2 Uniqueness of Helicopter Flight
  • 1.3 Helicopter Crash Statistics
  • 1.4 Societal Benefits and Advantages of Helicopter Operations
  • 1.5 Scope and Intent of this Book

Part I: The Basics of Helicopter Structure, Operation and Performance

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Helicopter Flight, Operation and Control
  • Chapter 2: Helicopter Crash Dynamics: Common Crash Sequence and Impact Scenarios

Part II: The Basics of Helicopter Crash Litigation

  • Chapter 3: Pre-Filing Matters
  • Chapter 4: Filing the Helicopter Crash Lawsuit
  • Chapter 5: Discovery and Case Development
  • Chapter 6: Common Defenses in Helicopter Crash Cases
  • Chapter 7: Common Evidentiary Issues
  • Chapter 8: Damages in Helicopter Crash Cases
  • Chapter 9: Pre-Trial Matters
  • Chapter 10: Trial

Part III: Safety Recommendations for the Helicopter Industry

  • Chapter 11: Generic Safety Improvements for Helicopter Industry
  • Chapter 12: Mission-Specific Recommendations for Enhanced Safety


Table of Cases and Statutes


"This is an essential volume in the library of every trial lawyer litigating a helicopter crash cases..... Only an author with a $350 million jury verdict under his belt can provide trial advice with the authority and insight that this volume provides."

Gregory P. Joseph
Former Chair, American Bar Association Section of Litigation
President, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2010-11

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