Reed Smith LLP has added aviation attorney Patrick Bradley as a partner in its Princeton
office, effective January 2.
A former partner at Herrick Feinstein, Mr. Bradley concentrates his practice
on the defense of aviation and other product liability actions. Much of his
work involves the defense of airlines, aircraft and component parts
manufacturers, and pilots in connection with aircraft accidents and incidents. He has
broad experience in accident reconstruction, direct and cross examination of
technical experts and medical and economic issues relevant to personal injury and
wrongful death actions.
“Patrick’s background expands the firm’s ability to serve clients with
complex products liability issues, particularly those whose business relates to
aviation and international air traffic,” said Steven J. Picco, Reed Smith’s
Princeton managing partner.
“He adds another important dimension to our litigation
capabilities and core competencies.” Steven Kohn, leader of Reed Smith’s
Products Liability Practice Group, said, “Patrick is an exceptionally talented
lawyer whose broad based practice compliments the Group’s focus on nationwide
complex products litigation.”
From 1991 to 1996 Mr. Bradley served as a trial attorney with the United
States Department of Justice, Aviation Section, in Washington D.C., defending
governmental agencies and the military in aviation-related civil litigation. He
was lead counsel in a number of cases tried to verdict involving air crashes.
Prior to his stint in government service, he handled commercial and products
liability litigation in New York City, where he was involved in defending
airlines in air carrier litigation and developed broad familiarity with aviation
He has also litigated on behalf of automotive, chemical,
medical, and consumer product manufacturers in cases arising from claims of
negligence or defective products and gained broad experience in handling mass
tort and complex litigation.
“Reed Smith will provide me with a national and international platform from
which to expand my aviation practice, as well as the opportunity to work on
related matters in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors,” said Mr.
Bradley. “I am very much looking forward to expanding my practice to new areas
while taking advantage opportunities to continue to work in the field of aviation
Mr. Bradley has been a licensed pilot since 1977 and holds a commercial
license with instrument and multi-engine ratings. He has flown a wide variety of
aircraft, from single-engine Cessnas to multi-engine jets and has logged over
1250 hours of flying time.
A 1981 graduate of Colgate University with a B.A. in English, Mr. Bradley
received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1986. He is admitted to practice in
New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Bradley often speaks and writes on aviation and other legal topics. He is
the author of two books from Macmillan, Instrument Flying Refresher and
Confident Flying: A Pilot Upgrade. His most recent article on foreign plaintiffs
and product liability was published in the August 11, 2003 New York Law Journal.