Aviation Law Forum
From the Cockpit to the Courtroom - Learn How to Protect Your Business!
As aviation law and aviation insurance are inextricably linked, it is vital to have a clear understanding of both sides of the coin. This Forum will serve as a one-stop shop for anyone interested in all aspects of domestic and international air and space law. Come join the conversation led by a distinguished panel of aviation law and insurance experts!
Jim Gardner | CEO | James A. Gardner Aviation Insurance Company, Inc.
Ted Green | Vice President, Aerospace Division | AIG
John D. McKay | Managing Attorney, Aviation Litigation | Park Avenue Law
Anita Mosner | Partner, Aviation Trade Policy | Holland & Knight
Glenn Vallach | Vice President | United States Aircraft Insurance Group, Inc.
Nicole Wolfe-Stout | Partner, Special Counsel Aviation Risk | Strawinski & Stout
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CEO, James A Gardner Company, Inc.
Bio: Jim Gardner is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer, a retired professional pilot, aviation operational manager, and an aviation insurance broker with The James A Gardner Company, Inc. in Marietta, GA.
Jim began his aviation insurance career in 2003 with Insuramerica Aviation, and then J Smith Lanier & Co. He steadily built his aviation insurance practice over an 8 year period using it as the foundation for creating his own Aviation Insurance Agency in August 2011.
Jim is an accomplished commercial pilot and aviation manager. After his graduation from the University of Arkansas in 1972, Jim began his aviation career as pilot in the USAF. During his 22-year active duty and reserve military career, he flew worldwide airlift missions as a C141 aircraft commander. As a line pilot he served both as a training and safety officer. As an Air Operations Officer he planned, coordinated and commanded large-scale airlift operations, creating full scale airport operations at isolated airfields around the world in support of United States military and political objectives. These operations included aircraft and crew operations, aircraft maintenance, air and ground cargo operations, and passenger service. Jim completed his military career as the Chief of Wing Plans at Charleston AFB, SC where he was responsible for planning and coordinating the training and wartime readiness of 3400 Air Force Reserve personnel. Jim has logged over 14,000 hours in a variety of military, commercial, and general aviation aircraft. His pilot certificate includes both Single and Multi-engine Air Line Transport ratings as well as holding a Flight Engineer certificate.
Jim’s aviation experience extends far beyond the airport environment. As Director of Communications for the Air Line Pilots Association at US Airways, he gained valuable experience in corporate communications and public relations, supervising the publication of a monthly magazine, producing informational videos, writing aviation-related articles, and performing interviews with large market televisions news organizations. He also served as a representative for the Eastern Air Lines Pilots and a member of the Air Line Pilots Association Board of Directors.
Ted Green, CPCU, CAIP
Global Head of AIG Aerospace Claims, AIG
Bio: Ted is Global Head of Aerospace Claims for AIG located in the Atlanta, Georgia. He has 25 years in claims with technical and management experience. Ted began his insurance career with Prudential Property & Casualty where he adjusted property and casualty claims, major structure losses, and catastrophe storm losses. Ted was the claims manager of the AIG Aerospace Los Angeles, California Branch and subsequently the Dallas, Texas Branch. He has domestic and international claims experience in all areas of aviation insurance, including general & corporate aviation, airline, airport, and multiple fatality accidents. He has been the primary claim contact for major risk accounts including large helicopter companies, corporate jet operators, ground handlers, and airlines. Ted fosters collaborative relationships with brokers, insureds, and legal counsel to achieve successful claims resolutions. Ted holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Arizona State University, Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter and Certified Aviation Insurance Professional designations and is an instrument-rated private pilot. He enjoys golf, skiing and, most of all, spending quality time with his wife and children.
John D. McKay
Managing Attorney, Aviation Litigation, Park Avenue Law
Bio: John McKay logged many hours defending airlines in litigation before accepting an in-house position as a Claims Attorney at one of the world’s leading aviation insurers. While there, he co-managed the defense of product liability lawsuits worldwide for The Boeing Company and GE Aviation. Now returned to private practice, he is the Managing Attorney for Park Avenue Law LLC, where he concentrates on aviation-related wrongful death and personal injury litigation for plaintiffs, as well as jet and turboprop purchases and sales. Park Avenue Law has offices in Winter Park, Florida, New York City, Toronto, and San Diego. John is licensed to practice in eight U.S. states, as well as England and Ontario. He also serves as Managing Director of QiJet, a jet and turboprop search firm, and Park Avenue Jet Trust LLC, which provides non-citizen owner trustee services for foreign-based owners. He holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with instrument and multi-engine ratings.
Partner, Aviation Trade Policy, Holland & Knight
Bio: Anita Mosner is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office and practices in the areas of aviation law, public policy and regulation, competition and international law. Ms. Mosner is the co-chair of the firm’s Transportation and Infrastructure Industry Sector Group and is also the deputy chair of Holland & Knight’s Aviation Team. With a background in consulting as well as law, Ms. Mosner has a deep understanding of the aviation business that has sharpened her ability to tackle complex business disputes and operational problems. Ms. Mosner regularly represents airlines, airports and other aviation-related businesses.
Ms. Mosner handles all phases of the airline start up process, and has led the launch of both U.S. and foreign air carriers. Ms. Mosner also has represented several major international airports, assisting them with marketing, route development, environmental and development issues.
Ms. Mosner played a leading role in the development of several major airline alliances and joint ventures, assisting with the negotiation and documentation of such arrangements. She also has assisted several airlines in their efforts to obtain antitrust immunity for their alliance activities, and regularly provides antitrust compliance training and advice. Ms. Mosner has provided regulatory advice and has assisted in the negotiation of several airline investment transactions, and has secured approval for several major investments by non-U.S. entities in U.S. air carriers. She also served on a committee of experts which advised the Department of Defense (DOD) on the possible effect of changes to rules governing non-U.S. investment in U.S. airlines upon the Civil Reserve Air Fleet program.
Ms. Mosner has extensive experience in aeropolitical matters, including international aviation negotiations and disputes. Ms. Mosner recently handled a major air traffic rights dispute between Canada and the U.S., which threatened a client's right to operate charters for professional sports teams, and devised a litigation, regulatory and public affairs strategy that contributed to the resolution of that dispute. Skilled in government affairs and communications, Ms. Mosner also helps her clients seek Congressional support for industry initiatives.
Ms. Mosner devotes considerable time to regulatory counseling and compliance. She has defended major enforcement actions before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Transportation Security Administration, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and other federal agencies. She also has strong experience in international air safety and air safety oversight.
Ms. Mosner handles both administrative and appellate litigation, and regularly offers pre-litigation counseling to her airport and airline clients.
Ms. Mosner is frequently called upon to speak at industry conferences and events, and delivers training seminars for several industry trade associations.
Vice President, United States Aircraft Insurance Group, Inc.
Bio: Glenn Vallach has been a Claims Attorney with United States Aircraft Insurance Group since October 2012. In that capacity, Glenn is the principal coverage analyst for the company, and he manages and supervises a broad range of significant liability claims for the General Aviation, Manufacturing & Special Risks and Airlines claims divisions within USAIG. Glenn also serves on the Policy Language Revision Committee and the Subrogation Committee for the company. Prior to joining USAIG, Glenn was an aviation litigation and trial attorney for a boutique New York City defense law firm in Manhattan for almost five years. In that capacity, Glenn litigated a large number of complex aviation matters for a variety of prominent aviation entities and insurers. Glenn is also an accomplished and frequently published law professor, having taught commercial law and business courses for private and public universities in New York and New Jersey since 2009. Glenn graduated Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History in 2005, and graduated Fordham University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 2008. He is admitted to practice law in the courts of the State of New York and in the Eastern and Southern District Courts of New York, and is a member of the American Bar Association, Aviation Insurance Association and National Business Aviation Association Regulatory Issues Advisory Group. Glenn is also an active member of DRI, sitting on the Corporate Counsel Committee and the Aviation Law Committee, as well as serving as the Vice President of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Special Litigation Group.
Partner, Special Counsel Aviation Risk, Strawinski & Stout
Bio: Nicole Wolfe Stout is a partner of the law firm of Strawinski & Stout, P.C., in Atlanta, Georgia. She specializes in civil litigation involving trucking, cargo, aviation, products liability, premises liability, and insurance coverage disputes. She regularly defends insurers and companies in lawsuits involving serious injury and wrongful death. Ms. Stout is a native of Lenoir City, Tennessee, and received her undergraduate degree in English and Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1995. She was the Student Director of the University's Mock Trial Program, and she competed in regional and national Mock Trial Competitions. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1998. She was a member of Moot Court, and served as Co-Director of Emory's Special Moot Court Teams. She has served on the Education Committee of the Atlanta Claims Association, and participated in its annual Mock Trial in 2003 and 2004. Ms. Stout is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association, the litigation and aviation sections of the Atlanta Bar Association, the Lawyer's Club of Atlanta, the Atlanta Claims Association, the International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA), and the Aviation Insurance Association (AIA). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Aviation Insurance Association and is the Director of the Attorneys’ Division.
Ms. Stout is admitted to practice in all Georgia State Courts, the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts. Her presentations include Risk and Insurance Management Society Seminar (RIMS), Paper Trails to You: Discoverability of Post-Incident Investigations and Reports, 2004; and the SMU Journal of Air Law & Commerce, Thirty-Eighth Annual Air Law Symposium, Privileges and Immunities Available for Self-Critical Analysis and Reporting: Legal, Practical and Ethical Considerations, 2004. Ms. Stout's paper presented at the SMU Air Law Symposium was published in the Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Vol. 69, Issue 3, Summer 2004. Ms. Stout is also the author of the article, Parameters of the Passenger-Carrier Relationship in Commercial Travel, published in the Summer 2005 edition of Pre-Flight, by the Aviation Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. She presented a paper entitled The Tripartite Relationship: Legal and Ethical Obligations at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Seventeenth Annual Aviation Law and Insurance Symposium in July of 2006. Additionally, she published an article on tripartite relationship in the Winter 2006 edition of Pre-Flight.
Ms. Stout recently presented the topics of "Your Contractual Indemnity Obligation: Is it a Business Dispute or a Covered Event" at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Twenty-Fifth Annual Aviation Law and Insurance Symposium in January of 2014, and “Insurance Issues: Fresh and Familiar” at the 2018 Embry-Riddle Aviation Law and Insurance Symposium.