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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.


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • “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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