John A. Greaves

John A. Greaves: Attorney with Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.

Biography

John A. Greaves is an experienced airline transport pilot and a former airline captain. He is also a seasoned airline accident lawyer.

John has represented hundreds of airline accident victims in more than 35 airline disasters, representing clients in virtually every major U.S. airline disaster in the last 20 years.

He was on the legal team that negotiated one of Baum Hedlund’s most significant aviation litigation achievements when the firm won, as part of the settlement in the January 8, 2003 Air Midwest Flight 5481 crash in Charlotte, NC, the agreement of the airline and maintenance company, in an organized ceremony, to deliver an unprecedented official public apology to the families for the crash.

The Aviation Section of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) awarded John with “Outstanding Section Member, 2009″ for his significant contribution to an AAJ legislation project to seek better compensation for victims of general aviation accidents.

As well, John has been chosen by his peers for several years in a row to be listed in Southern California Super Lawyers®. He has Martindale Hubbell’s highest AV® Peer Review Rating, and he is also listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and has the highest Avvo.com superb score of 10.

John is a member of the state bars of California, the District of Columbia, Iowa and Missouri. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice, Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and Air Line Pilots Association.

He has been appointed to the following aviation litigation committees: Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, MDL-2085, In Re: Air Crash near Clarence Center, New York, on February 12, 2009; Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation (airline passenger cases); Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-1448, American Airlines 587 Crash, Belle Harbor (Queens), New York, 2001; Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, Singapore Airlines Crash, Taipei, Taiwan, 2000; and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Crash, near Carrollton, Georgia, 1995.

As an airline transport rated pilot and former Captain for Comair, John has flown over 10,000 hours total flight time since 1966 and over 3,000 hours as a Captain in Part 121 and Part 135 scheduled airline operations.

John has been a licensed pilot for more than 40 years, five years of which were as a pilot in scheduled airlines service, and four years of which were in the capacity of captain. Details of his pilot experience include Comair Airlines, Captain; Wright Airlines, First Officer; Aero-Mech Airlines, First Officer; and Air Illinois, First Officer. As an airline captain, John supervised flight and ground crews; and ensured compliance with all FAA operations and maintenance regulations, documents and inspections. He served six years as a Flight Instructor and four years as a Charter Pilot and Charter Company Operator. He was Operator/President/CEO of VIP Pilot, Inc. He was Contract Administration Committee Chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association, Council 37 and received their Distinguished Service Award.


Awards and Honors: AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating through LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell® Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers® 2009, 2011 – 2014 Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers®, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009 – 2010 Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10 Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ Who’s Who in the World Who’s Who in American Law Who’s Who in America Who’s Who in the West Aviation Counsel Magazine’s List of Recommended High Flyers, believed by the International Air Transport Association’s Legal Dept. to be one of the most elite lists of aviation law practitioners ever produced National Air Disaster Foundation Safety Award, 2002 Recipient: Outstanding Section Member 2009, Aviation Section of the American Association for Justice


Litigation Leadership: Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, MDL-2085, In Re: Air Crash near Clarence Center, New York, on February 12, 2009 Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation Member, Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-1448, American Airlines 587 Crash, Belle Harbor (Queens), New York, 2001 Member, Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, Singapore Airlines Crash, Taipei, Taiwan, 2000 Member, Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Crash, near Carrollton, Georgia, 1995

George McBurney Complex Litigation Inn of Court.

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Airplane Crash Litigation
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Aviation Products Liability
  • Helicopter Crash Litigation
  • Complex and Multi-District Litigation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Catastrophic Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
310-694-5913  Phone
424-278-9369  Phone
310-820-7444  Fax
www.baumhedlundlaw.com
www.airplanecrash-lawyer.com
University Attended:
Drake University, M.P.A., 1992; University of Missouri - Kansas City, B.A., 1976
Law School Attended:
Drake University, J.D., with honors, 1992
Year of First Admission:
1992
Admission:
1992, Iowa; 1994, California; 2001, District of Columbia; 2004, Missouri; 1994, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 2000, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; 2002, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1996, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York; 2002, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; 1992, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa; 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1995, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1995, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 2009, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
Memberships:
State Bar of California State Bar of Iowa (Inactive member) District of Columbia Bar (Inactive member) State Bar of Missouri Air Line Pilots Association (Inactive member) Delta Theta Phi
Special Agencies:

Pilot Experience:

Ratings:Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Multi-Engine Land, with type ratings for the EMB-110, SD-3, SF-340 airliners Hours:10,000+ hours total flight time since 1966 3,000+ hours as Captain in Part 121 and Part 135 scheduled airline operations 39 years as a licensed pilot 5 years as a pilot in scheduled airlines service, 4 years of which were in the capacity of captain Aviation Experience:Comair Airlines, Captain Wright Airlines, First Officer Aero-Mech Airlines, First Officer Air Illinois, First Officer As an airline captain, John supervised flight and ground crews; and ensured compliance with all FAA operations and maintenance regulations, documents and inspections.6 years as a Flight Instructor 4 years experience as a Charter Pilot and Charter Company Operator/President/CEO of VIPilot, Inc. Contract Administration Committee Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, Council 37 Awards:Air Line Pilots Association, Council 37, Distinguished Service Award Qualified as Pilot-In-Command in:Saab-340 SD-3 EMB-110 Piper Aerostar Piper Navajo Piper Seneca Cessna 310 Cessna 340 Cessna 411 Cessna 421 Cessna 441 Conquest Beechcraft 99 Airliner Beechcraft Baron Beechcraft King Air

Languages:
English
Birth Information:
Kansas City, Missouri
Reported Cases:
Feazell v. Mesa Airlines, Inc., 917 S.W. 2d 895 (Tex. App. 1996) In re Air Crash Off Point Mugu, California, on January 30, 2000 145 F.Supp.2d 1156 (N.D.Cal., 2001)
ISLN:
900104099
Payment Information:
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 (13 reviews)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

    5.0/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.9/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.9/5.0
  • Communication

    4.9/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.9/5.0

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