Paul Alp is an experienced litigator with a track record of success handling government enforcement actions, liability litigation and commercial arbitrations. His practice concentrates on providing advice and representation with respect to aviation law, disputes, regulatory compliance, technical and operational issues, government investigations and risk assessments for aircraft operators, manufacturers, repair stations and trade associations. He provides clients with comprehensive analysis and guidance on regulatory, liability, technical, certification, operational and commercial issues.
An active certified flight instructor, Paul combines an in-depth knowledge of the aviation industry, operations and the regulatory environment with substantial experience at the front lines of litigation and arbitration. He represents aviation clients in connection with regulatory compliance, government investigations, rulemakings and legislative initiatives. He advises on a wide variety of aviation regulatory and legal issues as well as flight operations, technical, certification and safety matters. He also represents product manufacturers, maintenance providers and operators in air accident litigation.
A large part of Paul's practice focuses on resolving complex aviation matters involving interconnected issues of design and manufacturing defects, product conformity, quality management systems, regulatory compliance, liability and risk assessment, crisis management, corrective actions, notice and recall programs, government investigations and commercial disputes. He has lead internal investigations, compliance audits and risk assessments; defended government investigations; managed voluntary disclosures; and advised manufacturers, repair stations and operators to help them identify, analyze and mitigate regulatory, legal and commercial risks.
Paul also handles disputes at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts throughout the country. He represents clients in complex, high-stakes, multi-party cases. He has lead joint defense groups in billion-dollar litigation, been the first-chair attorney in major commercial arbitration, handled product liability, mass tort and environmental cases, and negotiated complex structured settlements in class actions. For aviation clients he has handled air accident litigation, international commercial arbitrations and litigation and the defense of enforcement actions and grand jury investigations. Paul has extensive experience managing litigation teams in document and discovery-intensive disputes. He often serves as national strategic counsel in complex civil cases and matters involving air accidents.