As a former Navy pilot, attorney William Angelley takes his practice of aviation law quite personally. He has flown more than 1,100 hours in various types of military airplanes and helicopters, was intricately involved with the technical workings of the squadron's aircraft as a maintenance officer, and continues to fly privately. He has litigated many personal injury and wrongful death cases and has been interviewed regarding aviation issues and accidents by various national television, radio and print news outlets, including NBC, CBS, FOX, NPR, The Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Boston Globe and The Salt Lake City Tribune.
In addition to his aviation expertise, Mr. Angelley has substantial experience handling business claims and contract disputes for small and medium-sized companies, both inside and outside of the aviation market. Mr. Angelley has published numerous articles and frequently speaks at legal education forums and bar association meetings on the subjects of aviation and business law.
About William Angelley
Law School: The University of Texas School of Law
Admitted: 1997, Texas
Professional Webpage: www.hightangel.com/william-angelley/
Honors and Awards:
- Fellow Texas Bar Foundation, 2012
- Listed as one of the Top Lawyers in Texas by Newsweek Magazine in 2012
- Listed as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas in 2011 by D Magazine
- Listed as one of the Top Lawyers in Texas by Newsweek Magazine in December 2010.
- Rated 10.0 Superb by AVVO.
- Rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 by Martindale Hubbell.
- Commercial pilot ratings in fixed-wing airplanes and helicopters.
- Treasurer, Aviation Section, New York City Bar Association
- Secretary, New York City Bar Association, Aviation Section
- Member, New York City Bar Association
- Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
- Member, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
- Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, American Association for Justice
- Member, New York and California
- Member, State Bars of Texas
- Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States District Court, Central District of California
- United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
- United States District Court, Southern District of New York
- United States District Court, Western District of Texas
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
- United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
- United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
- New York
Pro bono/Community Service:
- Texas Bar Foundation Make-A-Wish Foundation Big Brothers / Big Sisters U.S. Navy League Children's Advocacy Center of Dallas
Scholarly Lectures and Writings:
- Author, The Stowers Doctrine - A Nash in the Age of Lamborghinis, Texas Lawyer Magazine, 2013
- The Value of mentors to sole and small firm practitioners., Author, A Touch of Grey, Texas Bar Journal, Texas Bar, 2012
- Various types of caps on damages affect plaintiffs in different ways, and lawyers must carefully consider the potential cost and benefit before agreeing to take on a case that involves caps., Author, Dealing With Low Ceilings, Trial Magazine, American Association For Justice, 2012
- There is currently no legal requirement for pilots, aircraft owners or aircraft maintenance facilities to carry third-part liability insurance. Simply stated, there should be. , The Need for Mandatory Aviation Insurance, AAJ Section Newsletter, Vol. 15, No. 2, Winter 2008 , Aviation Section Of AAJ, 2008
- Monroe v. Cessna was a significant win for plaintiffs defending against field preemption arguments in the context of general aviation crash cases. This article discusses the arguments and case law upon which that victory was based., Plaintiff Thwarts Cessna’s Preemption Arguments in Monroe v. Cessna, AAJ Aviation Section Newsletter, Vol. 14, No. 2, Winter 2007, Aviation Section Of AAJ, 2007
- A discussion of whether Congress intended for the Federal Aviation Regulations to have a preemptive effect in the context of general aviation crash cases. , Field Preemption and the Federal Aviation Regulations, SMU Airlaw Symposium, February 2003., National Aviation Litigation Symposium, 2003
- A discussion of the origin and operation of the September 11, 2001 Victim Compensation Fund., The September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, Texas Bar Journal, January 7, 2002., Texas Bar, 2002
- Cases involving amateur-built aircraft are difficult. Finding an appropriate defendant is challenging. Even when a lawyer can identify the wrongdoer, chances of recovery are slim given the scant insurance coverage available, August 16, 2010, Vol. 26, No. 20., Amateur-Built Aircraft Litigation Risky for Plaintiffs Attorneys, Texas Lawyer, Texas Bar
- Speaker, Aviation Product Liability Insurance, Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Conference, June 2001
- Speaker, Update on the September 11, 2001 Victim Compensation Fund and Related Litigation, Lubbock Bar Association, May 2004
- Speaker, A Discussion of Monroe v. Cessna Aircraft Company, New York City Bar Association, June 2006
- Chrysler and General Motors recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Both proceedings were among the speediest in U.S. history, especially considering the sizes of the companies and the complexities involved. The reorganization plans for each were also controversial because they arguably circumvented important provisions in the bankruptcy code. This article takes a broad look at the two proceedings focusing particularly on the devastating effects that each had on injured consumers with claims against the companies, With Orla Brady, September 2009, Left Behind: How Consumers Became the Biggest Losers of the Chrysler and, Advocate, Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California
- Author, Harsh Realities of the State Secrets Privilege, Trial, American Association for Justice, September 2010
Verdicts and Settlements:
- Obtained confidential settlement for passenger injured in severe turbulence incident aboard a commercial airliner., 2012
- Obtained confidential settlement for spectator injured in the Reno Air Race crash., 2012
- Obtained confidential settlement for high profile client severely injured by a turning airplane propeller after viewing Christmas lights in North Texas. , 2012
- Obtained jury verdict in excess of $500,000, including attorney's fees award, for wrongfully terminated employee who was denied past commissions owed., 2012
- Obtained confidential seven figure settlement for the families of three people killed in an airplane crash in Arkansas, 2011
- Obtained several six figure settlements for people severely injured by rifle misfire incidents, 2011
- Obtained significant settlement for individual severely injured in an airplane Propeller strike accident, 2011
- Part of team that obtained a confidential, Multi-Million dollar settlement for the family members of one of the victims of the crash of American Connection Flight 5966 near Kirksville, Missouri.
- The crash of a Lear 35 aircraft near Mina, South Dakota, which killed professional golfer Payne Stewart
- Obtained several Multi-Million Dollar Victim Compensation Fund awards for families of the victims of September 11, 2001.
- The crash of a Florida National Guard C-23B transport plane near Unadilla, Georgia
- The crash of an Army UH-60 helicopter near Fort Hood, Texas
- Raytheon Patriot Missile shoot down of a U.S. Navy F/A-18 aircraft in Iraq
- Swissair Flight 111 crash near Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crash near Anacapa Island, California
- Obtained confidential, six-figure settlement for the family of a student pilot killed in the crash of a Piper PA-23 aircraft in Arizona.
- Obtained confidential, six-figure settlement for the family of a pilot killed in an experimental airplane crash near Sherman, Texas.
- Obtained confidential, six-figure settlement for the family of a man killed in the crash of a Piper PA-32 aircraft in Louisiana.
- Obtained confidential, six-figure settlement for the family of an American businessman killed in the crash of a chartered Cessna 206 airplane in Zambia.
- Part of team that obtained a confidential, seven-figure settlement for the family of a crew member killed in the crash of a Robinson R-22 helicopter in Israel.
- Part of team that obtained a confidential, seven-figure settlement for several families of victims killed in the crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2 airplane in Utah.
- Part of team that obtained a confidential, seven-figure settlement for the family of a pilot killed in the crash of a Raytheon (Beech) A-45 airplane near Houston, Texas.
- Part of team that obtained a confidential, seven-figure settlement for the family of a pilot killed in the crash of a Bell OH-58 helicopter in California.
- Part of team that obtained a confidential, multi-million dollar settlement for two surviving victims of the crash of a Marine Corp UH-1 helicopter in California.
- Part of team that obtained a confidential, multi-million dollar settlement for the families of three crew members killed in the crash of an Agusta A119 medical ambulance helicopter in Colorado.
- Part of team that obtained a confidential, eight figure settlement for a client who was severely burned when his Piper PA-28 aircraft crashed as a result of an engine failure shortly after taking off from a Connecticut airport.
- Obtained confidential, multi-million dollar settlement for the families of two people killed in the crash of a Cessna 172 airplane near McKinney, Texas.
- Individuals and family members of people injured or killed as a result of defective products and negligence, with a particular emphasis on aviation-related accidents.
Other Outstanding Achievements:
- Cited as aviation expert in The Morning Call newspaper article concerning helicopter crash in Pennsylvania., 2012
- Cited as aviation expert in USA Today article concerning the FAA's mandatory Airworthiness Directive to Airbus providing guidance on resolving defective rudder pedal system., 2012
- Interviewed as aviation expert on NBC news report regarding FAA's new rules regarding pilot rest.
- Interviewed as aviation expert on Fox news television report regarding Southwest Airlines treatment of certain passengers.
- Texas Tech University, B.A., 1988