Mr. ODonnell graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1976,... more
Mr. ODonnell graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1976, where he was a member of the Swimming and Diving Team and an Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll student athlete. After running a painting business and working nights at a large commercial bakery, Mr. O'Donnell returned to the University of Virginia and received his law degree there in 1980. After law school, he s... view profile
Aviation law provides rules for operating airplanes and other aircraft, and regulates airline flights. Airport construction, operation, and maintenance are also governed by aviation law. If you are a pilot, aviation law tells you the proper take-off and landing procedures, what to include in flight plans and where to file them, what altitudes to fly at, and whether instrument-only flight is possible. If there is an aviation accident, the person responsible—whether it's the baggage handler, the airplane mechanic, the flight controller, or the pilot—is often easily identified by their failure to follow specified flight procedures. There can be many factors in an aviation accident, so an aviation lawyer is often very helpful.