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Jeff is an Aviation Consultant with Skinner Law Group. He has 25 years of experience in aviation including 15 years as a commercial pilot for United Airlines and over 13,000 hours of flight experience. He is also the President of Aerius, LLC, a business aircraft management company that he founded in 2006. He is active with charitable organizations and performs mentoring roles within aviation.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS AND AVIATION BACKGROUND

  • Assisting in the defense of a general aviation manufacturer in a personal injury lawsuit arising out of the crash of a Cessna 210 at the Eros Airport in Windhoek, Namibia. One of the plaintiffs, a California resident, suffered spinal cord injuries resulting from the accident and filed suit along with her husband seeking damages in excess of $30 million. After a five-day bench trial in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the Court ruled in favor of the general aviation manufacturer finding that Plaintiffs failed to prove their manufacturing defect claims and that the accident was caused by pilot error. See Higley v. Cessna Aircraft Co., 2013 WL 5315299 (C.D. Cal. 2013).
  • Aerius, LLC – President, 2006 – present
  • United Airlines, Pilot, 1997 – present (B737, A320, B757 and B767)
  • Trans World Airlines, Pilot and Instructor, 1996 to 1997
  • The Griffin Group, Captain, 1993 to 1996
  • Completed specialized security training with TSA/DHS
  • Former FAA FAAST Representative
  • Developed and managed safety procedures and protocol for a corporate aircraft
  • Successfully completed the pilot instructor selection process at United Airlines
  • Trans World Airlines, pilot/simulator instructor
  • Experience in a wide variety of civilian, corporate and airline aircraft to including: American Champion, Cessna, Piper, Boeing, Canadair, Learjet, Beechcraft and Pilatus
    FAA RATINGS
  • Airline Transport Pilot
  • Certified Flight Instructor
  • Flight Engineer
  • Ratings: B757/767, Canadair CL60

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
  • Airline Pilots Association
  • Cessna Pilots Association
  • Embry-Riddle Alumni Association
  • International Air Transport Association
  • International Society of Air Safety Investigators
  • Pilatus Owners and Pilots Association

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Angel Flight Member & Volunteer
  • Embry–Riddle Alumni Mentor
  • Los Angeles Police Department Reserve Officer
  • Pilots & Paws
  • Pilots for Kids Member & Volunteer

HONORS / AWARDS / NEWS

  • United Airlines Fantasy Flight participant, 2010
  • United Airlines First Officer of the Year, finalist, 2005
  • United Airlines Employee Recognition Awards
  • Commendations from Los Angeles Police Department

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • NPR Radio, airline security matters post 9/11

HIGHER EDUCATION

  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, M.S., Aeronautical Science, Management Specialization, 1999
  • University of Phoenix, B.S., Business Administration, 1993
  • Comair Aviation Academy, 1989-1990