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Michael J. Crowley

Chair, Aviation


As Managing Partner of the firm's New York office, Michael Crowley is an experienced trial attorney handling significant litigation matters from the investigation stage through trial. Practicing in New York’s federal and state courts, Michael has more than 25 years of litigation experience in the areas of aviation law, commercial disputes, product liability, premises liability, construction site accidents involving New York Labor Law claims, and toxic tort.

A sought-after litigator, Michael advises on many high-profile matters, particularly in the aviation industry. He was involved in the consolidated litigation arising out of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and served as a member of the Defendants' Executive Committee for that litigation. In addition, Michael lectures nationally on aviation-related topics for the airline industry and on product liability issues for major manufacturers.

Outside the practice of law, Michael is an active participant in his community and various charity organizations including: long-time and active member of the Board of Directors for the Garden City Athletic Association, long-time member and former Director of the Garden City Estates Property Owners’ Association, member of the Advisory Board to the charitable Miracle Foundation, current member of the Executive Board for non-profit Patient AirLift Services, multi-year term as the President of the Garden City Little League, and former President of the Board of Governors of The Cherry Valley Club.



  • Represented several defendants in the Consolidated Litigation arising from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
  • Member of Defendant’s Executive Committee for the September 11th Litigation
  • Represented major international airlines in a variety of wrongful death and significant injury cases
  • Represented airlines in federal multi-district litigations arising from crash incident
  • Represented airlines in federal multi-district litigation arising from an emergency evacuation, involving wrongful death and significant brain injury
  • Represented major airlines in significant injury cases arising from turbulence
  • Represented several airlines in cases arising from denied boarding or other claims of discrimination
  • Represented fixed based operator in wrongful death and significant injury cases arising from a general aviation crash
  • Represented the general aviation operator involved in a midair collision over New York which resulted in multiple deaths
  • Represented helicopter operator in a variety of litigation involving wrongful death and significant injury cases

Product Liability

  • Represented gun manufacturers in significant injury cases
  • Represented international manufacturing companies in injury cases arising from tools, automatic doors, and various other products arising from defect claims
  • Represented product manufacturer of general aviation aircraft in multi-wrongful death litigation arising out of the crash of aircraft
  • Represented parties in claims involving the design of construction equipment
  • Represented manufacturer of nutraceutical products in claims arising from design manufacturers
  • Represented tire manufacture in design defect claims
  • Represented defendant companies in alleged toxic tort cases in New York State
  • Represented owners, general contractors in death and significant injury cases arising from construction site accidents
  • Represented various parties in trials and appeals under New York’s Labor Law Statute
  • Represented parties in contractual disputes arising out of multi-party agreements related to commercial construction projects

Transportation Law

  • Represented companies involved in truck accident cases resulting in wrongful death and significant injury
  • Represented various clients in litigation arising from the operation of company owned vehicle fleets

General Liability/Commercial Litigation

  • Represented airports in premises defect/accident cases
  • Represented a national car service company in accidents on its premises
  • Represented a major national retail company in actions arising from incidents on its premises
  • Handled trials and appeals of ground contamination matter
  • Represented parties under New York City’s “Loft Law” regarding contractual rights
  • Represented clients in breach of contract cases and the enforcement of contractual provisions, such as indemnity obligations, warranties, and non-compete clauses
  • Represented various clients in real estate related litigation involving the enforcement of lease provisions and alleged breach of contract claims
  • Represented parties in boat accident and various motor vehicle accident cases involving severe personal injury


Professional and Community Affiliations

  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Nassau/Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Board of Directors, Garden City Athletic Association
  • Member, Advisory Board, Miracle Foundation
  • Member, Executive Board, Patient AirLift Services

Lecturer at various aviation-related seminars

  • Southern Methodist University Air Law Symposium; Dallas, TX
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association

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Fordham University School of  Law (J.D., 1984)

Fairfield University (B.A., 1981)


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