Baird Williams & Greer, LLP has a diverse and vibrant aviation and airport law practice. Daryl Williams is a certified pilot with extensive aviation experience. Robert Greer has represented numerous aviation entities in product liability and insurance defense cases. J. Ernest Baird has represented fixed based operators in business and lease issues.
Daryl Williams is a commercial, multi-engine instrument rated pilot with approximately 3500 hours of flight time. Mr. Williams is also the owner of a Cessna 421 which he places at the firm's disposal. Mr. Williams has represented pilots facing certificate enforcement actions and Part 135 air taxi operators facing enforcement action. He also has represented commercial aircraft operators against fixed based operators, as well as commercial and private operators in disputes with maintenance service providers. Mr. Williams's extensive background in litigation coupled with his aviation flight experience prepares him for any type of litigation at a spring in the aviation context.
Mr. Williams is the first licensed pilot with diabetes to be medically certified to fly. He obtained his certification as part of his landmark effort to permit persons with Type I Diabetes to be granted full piloting privileges by the Federal Aviation Administration. This historic ten year campaign chronicled in both "Diabetes Forecast" Magazine and in the general news media, has literally changed the face of American civil aviation.
Robert Greer has extensive experience in insurance defense. Robert has been lead counsel in more than 80 jury trials and litigation in areas of aircraft design and maintenance, pilot error, governmental entity defense, airport premises safety, consumer product design, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. McDonald Douglas Helicopters and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport are among his past clients. Mr. Greer has extensive experience at the appellate level, most notably Adivtori v. Sky Harbor Int'l Airport, 880 F. Supp 696 (D.Ariz.1995) (affirmed in table form).
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The firm brings an operator's understanding to any legal issue because we operate aircraft as part of our business model. General aviation aircraft allow us to do what we do. The firm's diverse background assures that any legal issue will be examined in the context of the aviation operator providing an efficient and advantageous result. Representative clients include:
• The Town of Payson Municipal Airport, Arizona (www.ci.payson.az.us/Departments/Airport/airport-home.htm).
• Havasu Air Center, Arizona (http://www.havasuaircenter.com/).
• Spahr Aviation Advisors, Arizona (http://www.spahraviation.com/).
Adiutori v. Sky Harbor Intl. Airport, 880 F. Supp. 696 (D.Ariz. 1995) aff’d in table form, 103 F.3d 107 (9th Cir. 1996) held the airport transportation system complied with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Summary judgment upheld.
Darling v. Sky Harbor Airport,
Maricopa County Superior Court, was thedefense of an Americans with Disabilities Act claim coupled with a premises liability action for injuries when a three wheeled scooter for the use of handicapped adults, tipped over a curb ramp. Multiple experts were used. Defense verdict.
Knox v. Southwest Airlines, 124 F.3d 1103 (9th Cir. 1997) was the defense of §1983 claims for violation of constitutional rights of a black man arrested on airport premises. The case dealt with qualified immunity for police officers at the airport, after arrest on the premises.