Overview

Bob Craft is the senior litigation partner in the Litigation Practice Group of Holland & Knight's New York City office. Mr. Craft’s practice is devoted primarily to providing advice and conducting litigation concerning aviation, product liability, mass disaster and insurance matters. 

In aviation, he has been lead counsel to airlines and manufacturers of aircraft and components, especially in major air crash cases and NTSB investigations throughout the United States. For example, he was lead counsel for TWA in the Flight 800 investigation and litigation. Most recently, he has been U.S. lead counsel for Turkish Airlines in connection with the Flight 1951 B737 crash in Amsterdam and for UPS in connection with the Flight 6 B747 crash in Dubai. Because of his extensive experience in dealing with accident investigations, at the invitation of the NTSB he chaired the panel on "Accident Investigation, Proprietary Information, and Tort Litigation" at the NTSB's April 2000 Symposium on Transportation Safety and the Law and in 2008-2009 gave two lectures at the NTSB on the lawyer's role in accident investigations. In 2015, he was a participant in the NTSB General Counsel’s Listening Session.

In non-aviation cases, he has extensive experience as lead counsel in numerous product liability cases across the United States, including mass disaster cases for manufacturers of all kinds of products, including industrial machinery, railcars, chemicals, electrical equipment, engines, toys, medical equipment and household consumer products, and he has counseled these manufacturers on preventive measures. In insurance cases, he has advised and represented insurers in dealing with the interpretation of policies, coverage issues and claims settlement procedures.

In June 2015, Mr. Craft was given the rare honor of presenting the Spring Lecture at the New York State Court of Appeals (New York State’s highest court), and he has been a frequent speaker and writer on the handling of mass disaster cases, product liability, insurance, and aviation and space issues. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Air Law and Commerce, The New York Times, the National Law Journal, the Journal of Space Law, and various bar association and foreign publications. He has been a member and officer of various city, state, national and international bar associations’ committees on aviation law and product liability law. He was a founder and the first Chairman of the Council of New York Law Associates, now renamed the Lawyers’ Alliance for New York, the nation's leading pro bono provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations.

Credentials

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.S., Aerospace Engineering
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal
  • U.S. District Courts
  • All State Courts in New York
  • All State Courts in Virginia
Memberships
  • The Wings Club and Foundation, General Counsel, formerly Board of Governors
  • New York City Ballet, General Counsel, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • City Center of Music and Drama, Board of Governors
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, former General Counsel
  • University of Texas at Austin, Engineering Advisory Board
  • Council of New York Law Associates (now renamed the Lawyers’ Alliance for New York), Co-Founder and the first Chairman
  • ABA: Forum on Air & Space Law, Litigation Section; Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers, Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, 2017, 2018
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers: Transportation: Aviation: Litigation
  • Who's Who Legal: Transport, Aviation Contentious, Aviation Regulatory
  • The International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers
  • The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers
  • The Legal 500 USA, Industry Focus - Transport - Aviation and Air Travel
  • The Legal 500 USA: Litigation Product Liability & Mass Tort Defense - Aerospace/Aviation
  • The World's Leading Aviation Lawyers, Legal Media Group's Expert Guide
  • The World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2007-2019 
  • The Best of the Best USA, Aviation, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides
  • Super Lawyers, New York
  • Outstanding Advocate, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Who's Who in the World; Who's Who in America; Who's Who in American Law (Marquis)

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