David R. Baxter

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  • Of Counsel at Gallagher Sharp LLP (56 Attorneys)
  • 211 West Fort Street, Suite 660, Detroit, MI 48226
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The majority of Dave Baxters practice revolves around the aviation industry.

Dave Baxter joined Gallagher Sharp in 2015. For over 30 years, the majority of his practice has revolved around the aviation industry. He defends Part 121 carriers, Part 135 operators and Part 91 aircraft owners, airports, and pilots of all ratings in personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, product liability, premises liability, cargo, and regulatory litigation. He has appeared in state, federal and appellate courts (including multidistrict and class-action proceedings), as well as before the National Transportation Safety Board and other regulatory agencies. He also counsels and represents foreign and domestic insurance carriers in aviation-related insurance litigation. Dave is a frequent speaker on the interrelationship of Michigan Law and Federal Aviation Regulations concerning UAV (Drones) and recently testified before the Michigan House of Representatives Committee on Criminal Justice regarding the Operations of Drones and Airspace Limitations by Law Enforcement and Private Citizens.

Speaking Engagements

•Comcast Newsmakers: “Drone Laws with David Baxter,” Xfinity On Demand, November 21, 2016
•Co-Presenter, Michigan Drone Law, State Bar of Michigan Solo & Small Firm and Aviation Law Sections, Detroit, Michigan, June 2016
• Current State of Michigan Drone Law, Lakeshore Bar Association, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, September 2015
•“General Aviation Issues,” Lawyer Pilot Bar Association Summer Conference, July 2009
•“Aviation Insurance Issues for Part 91 Aircraft Pilots and Owners,” Bureau of Aeronautics - Michigan Department of Transportation, June 2008
•“Current Issues for Pilots and the FAA,” Great Lakes International Aviation Conference, February 2008


•“The Montreal Convention and International Carriage by Air,”, Michigan Bar Journal, Vol, 94, No. 12, pp. 34-37, December 2015
•Co-Author, “General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994,” Journal of Air Law and Commerce, 1995


•Adjunct Faculty, Eastern Michigan University, School of Aviation and Technology
•Martindale-Hubbell, AV Peer Review Rated

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Transportation
  • Aviation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(313) 962-9899  Phone
(313) 962-9167  Fax
University Attended:
Michigan State University, B.S., 1976
Law School Attended:
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., 1979
Year of First Admission:
1980, Michigan; United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

•Aviation Insurance Association (AIA)
•National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Bar Association
•Lawyer Pilot Bar Association
•American Bar Association
•State Bar of Michigan (Founding Member, Chair (2007-2008), Aviation Law Section)

Birth Information:
Lansing, Michigan, October 26, 1953

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