John D. McClune
Aviation accident lawyer John McClune brings a background of applied mathematics to aviation law and product liability cases.
Representing the estates and families of deceased pilots and passengers, Mr. McClune has successfully litigated exceptions to "The General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994," 49 U.S.C.A. 40101, ("GARA"), and his legal briefs on GARA have been published in national aviation law periodicals. He has also successfully litigated aviation insurance legal issues in favor of family members of deceased aircraft accident victims. Based on his extensive experience and many accomplishments, Mr. McClune is considered one of the foremost aviation lawyers in the United States.
Mr. McClune has been successful in defeating attempts by foreign aircraft manufacturers and operators to avoid jurisdiction here in the United States. Mr. McClune has also 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, and United Airlines Flight 585, to name a few.
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.
Mr. McClune has lectured 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, GARA, the Warsaw 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, and the American Association for Justice (f/k/a ATLA). He is a former member of the Oakland County Bar Association, Macomb County Bar Association, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.