John A. Greaves

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John A. Greaves

John A. Greaves

Location:
Los Angeles, California
Phone:
888-406-6726
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In addition to being a seasoned airline accident lawyer, John A. Greaves is a former airline captain and an experienced airline transport pilot. John was an attorney at our firm for 20 years, and handled over 35 airline crashes before he went into semi-retirement. He is now a consultant to our firm.

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 for the crash to the families.

John 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.

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. John has been chosen by his peers for several years in a row to be listed in Southern California Super Lawyers®. He is a member of the state bars of California, the District of Columbia, Iowa and Missouri and a member of the American Association for Justice, Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and Air Line Pilots Association. He has Martindale Hubbell’s highest AV® Peer Review Rating, is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and has the highest Avvo.com superb score of 10.

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. As an airline captain, John supervised flight and ground crews, ensured compliance with all FAA operations and maintenance regulations, documents and inspections. John is an airline transport rated pilot and former Captain for Comair. He 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.

Areas of Practice

  • Airline Disasters
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Helicopter Accidents
  • Medical Air Ambulance Accidents

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2001
  • Missouri, 2004
  • Iowa, 1992
  • California, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1995

Education

  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • J. D. with honors - 1992
  • Drake University College of Business and Public Administration, Des Moines, Iowa
    • M.P.A. - 1992
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri
    • B.A. - 1976
  • Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Multi-Engine Land, with type ratings for the EMB-110, SD-3, SF-340 airliners

Classes/Seminars

  • Aviation Litigation Seminar, Aviation and Space Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, 1999
  • Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California, Lorman Education Services, 2002

Honors and Awards

  • Listed, 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
  • Air Line Pilots Association, Counsel 37, Distinguished Service Award
  • Aviation Counsel Magazine's List of Recommended High Flyers
  • National Air Disaster Foundation Safety Award, 2002
  • AV® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated through Martindale Hubbell
  • Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10
  • Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers 2009, 2011 - 2014
  • Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers®, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009 - 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, The Forum on Air and Space Law, Litigation Section and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Member
  • The American Association for Justice, Member
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, Member
  • Air Line Pilots Association, Member
  • George McBurney Complex Litigation Inn of Court, Member
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Crash, near Carrollton, Georgia, Member, 1995 - Present
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Singapore Airlines Crash, Taipei, Taiwan, Member, 2000 - Present
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL-1448, American Airlines 587 Crash, Belle Harbor (Queens), New York, Member, 2001 - Present
  • Plaintiffs' Executive Committee, September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation, Member, 2001 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Comair, Captain
  • Wright Airlines, First Officer
  • Aero-Mech Airlines, First Officer
  • Air Illinois, First Officer
  • VIPilot, Inc., Charter Pilot and Charter Company Operator/President/CEO
  • Air Line Pilots Association, Council 37, Contract Administration Committee Chairman

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Delta Theta Phi