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Charles M. Finkel, Retired

Cases of Note for Charles M. Finkel

  • Charles Finkel’s practice is devoted to victims of personal injury and wrongful death with an emphasis on Aviation Law. He has been a pilot for three decades with the qualifications of ATP, CFI, CFII, CFIMEL, Glider, @4000 TT. Mr. Finkel is the owner of a B-33 Debonair N330CL and Co-Pilot on a B-25 “Heavenly Body.” He is on the Board of Directors and a pilot for Angel Flight, a non-profit organization providing free transportation to and from medical facilities for those in need.

    Education:

    • B.A., University of Miami, 1971
    • J.D., Whittier College, 1981

    Affiliations:

    • State Bar of California, 1981
    • Member Moot Court Honors Board
    • Judge Pro Tem Los Angeles Superior Court
    • Arbitrator, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Services
    • United States Court of Claims

    Memberships:

    • American Trial Lawyers Association
    • State Bar of California
    • Consumer Attorneys of California
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
    • Experimental Aircraft Association
    • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
    • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association- Legal Services Plan Participant Attorney

    Professional Experiences:

    • Legal Editor Flying Careers magazine, 1984 – present
    • Regular contributor to Career Pilot magazine
    • Lecturer, Aviation Law, California State University, Los Angeles, 1986 – 1993
    • Frequent speaker on current aviation law matters

    Papers:

    • “The Necessity for Causal Connection in Aviation Public Liability Policies,” LPBA Journal, Spring 1986
    • “What Every Civil Air Patrol Volunteer Should Know About Insurance and the Liability of the Civil Air Patrol,” LPBA Journal, Fall 1986
    • “Government Contractor Liability Under Boyle v. United Technologies Corporation,” CTLA Forum, September 1988
    • “Liability of the Federal Aviation Administration for the Negligent Inspection and Certification of Aircraft,” LATLA Advocate, February 1989 and CTLA Forum, March 1989
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