JOHN D. McCLUNE
Aviation accident lawyer John McClune (of Katzman, Lampert & McClune PLLC) brings a background of applied mathematics to aviation law and product liability cases. Mr. McClune received his BBA from Western Michigan University in 1991, graduating magna cum laude. At Western, he minored in applied mathematics and took industrial design engineering courses. During this period, Mr. McClune volunteered time to Kalamazoo’s Air Museum, where his interest in aviation began. Immediately following his undergraduate studies, Mr. McClune attended Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit and became a clerk with the firm. Upon graduation from law school, he joined the firm while continuing his studies in piloting and mathematics/engineering.
Representing the estates and families of deceased pilots and passengers, Mr. McClune has successfully litigated aviation preemption issues, exceptions to “The General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994,” 49 U.S.C. § 40101, Note (“GARA”) statute of repose, and issues related to the Death on the High Seas Act and the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions, and the Government Contractor Defense in aviation cases across the country. Mr. McClune is considered one of the top aviation lawyers on GARA and federal preemption issues in aviation cases. He has also successfully litigated aviation choice of law and insurance legal issues in favor of family members of deceased aircraft accident victims. Mr. McClune regularly defeats attempts by foreign aircraft manufacturers and operators to avoid jurisdiction here in the United States.
Notably, Mr. McClune has had a significant impact on highly technical legal issues involving multidistrict aviation litigation, including the legal arguments advanced in the air disasters of TWA Flight 800, Comair Flight 3272, US Air Flight 427, United Airlines Flight 585, and in In re Air Crash at Lexington, Kentucky, on August 27, 2006, In re Air Crash Disaster Near Roselawn, Indiana, on October 31, 1994, In re Air Crash at Agana, Guam, on August 6, 1997, to name a few. Based on his extensive experience and many accomplishments, Mr. McClune is considered one of the foremost aviation lawyers in the United States.
For years, Mr. McClune lectures across the country on current legal issues in aviation law for prestigious organizations such as the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. He has been published in SMU’s Journal of Air Law and Commerce, and has also authored various articles on general aviation issues, GARA, the Warsaw Convention, Montreal Convention and IATA Intercarrier Agreements, which have been published throughout the country. His legal writing and research skills led him to be chosen as an amicus curiae brief writer for the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. McClune is a current member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice (f/k/a ATLA) and The National Trial Lawyers. He is a former member of the Oakland County Bar Association, Macomb County Bar Association, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.
State Bar of Michigan, Registration No. P51948, Admitted in December, 1994
United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan, Admitted in December, 1994
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, Admitted in October, 1995
United States District Court Western District of Michigan, Admitted in January, 1998
United States District Court Central District of Illinois, Admitted in June, 1999
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Admitted in April, 2001
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, Admitted in April, 2001
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, Admitted in November, 2002
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Admitted in August, 2004
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, Admitted in August, 2012
United States Supreme Court, Admitted in November, 2005