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Andrew J Harakas

Clyde & Co LLP


Andrew is head of the U.S. Aviation Law Practice Group at Clyde & Co and has more than 25 years of trial and litigation experience in aviation (passenger and cargo), complex tort, regulatory (DOT, FAA, OFAC), insurance and product liability matters.

Andrew has represented clients and tried cases arising out of major aviation losses and has extensive appellate experience, having argued numerous appeals before federal and state appellate courts throughout the nation, including three cases before the United States Supreme Court – Olympic Airways v. Husain, 540 U.S. 644 (2004), Dooley v. Korean Air Lines, 524 U.S. 116 (1998), and Zicherman v. Korean Air Lines, 516 U.S. 217 (1996).  Andrew often advises clients on complex litigation, jurisdictional and appellate issues and has filed amicus briefs on behalf of IATA in the first appellate court cases addressing DVT and the Tokyo Convention. 

Andrew has published numerous articles on a variety of issues relating to domestic and international aviation and insurance law and was the General Editor of the twenty-six chapter book Litigating the Aviation Case – From Pre-Trial to Closing Argument (3d ed. ABA 2008).  Andrew is also a frequent lecturer at conferences sponsored by IATA, the American Bar Association, Institute of Air and Space Law (McGill University) and other organizations throughout the world. 

He has been consulted by and testified before U.S. Senate Committees regarding proposed legislative changes to existing aviation and maritime laws and has appeared on CNN, Court TV and other news programs to address current aviation issues.  Currently, Andrew is an adjunct professor at the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University and is on the Editorial Board of the Annals of Air & Space Law (McGill University).

Andrew has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA (Band 1 – "one of the best" and recognized for his skill as an appellate lawyer and expertise on the Warsaw/Montreal Convention).  Chambers USA describes Andrew as highly rated by his peers, who praise his "tremendous track record" in court.  He is also recognized in the International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers, International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers, the Aviation Counsel Guide and the Manhattan Edition of New York Super Lawyers. Andrew is a member of the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute (Chair, Aerospace Law Subcommittee, 2009-2010) and the Institute of Air and Space Law Association.

Andrew is admitted to practice law in the states of New York, Connecticut and Michigan.  He also is a member of the bars of the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits, United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Andrew received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan (B.A., 1982) and his law degrees from the Michigan State University College of Law (cum laude, J.D., 1986) and McGill University, Institute of Air & Space Law (LL.M., 1987).  




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