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Gary Lynn Halbert

Aviation Attorney at Washington, DC

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Learn Gary’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Aviation
    75%
    Aviation law; NTSB accident investigation and accident litigation defense; aviation regulation; aviation product liability defense.

    33 years

  2. Transportation
    15%
    Surface transportation law; NTSB accident investigation and accident litigation defense; surface transportation regulation.

    18 years

  3. Federal regulation
    10%
    Extensive practice in transportation regulation; Freedom of Information Act; Government in the Sunshine Act; Administrative Procedure Act.

    33 years

Gary Halbert is a partner in Holland & Knight’s New York Litigation Practice Group, practicing out of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Halbert is a former U.S. Air Force instructor pilot, military attorney and crisis communications director, and more recently, the General Counsel to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). His practice areas include NTSB major accident investigations, regulatory matters for aviation and other transportation modes, transportation accident claims, aviation law, transportation mass-disaster law, claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act, and other product and professional services liability matters.

Immediately prior to entering private practice, Mr. Halbert served as the General Counsel to the National Transportation Safety Board, acting as the senior legal advisor to the Chairman of the Board and overseeing the provision of legal services to the agency. His office provided legal support for accident investigations in all modes of transportation, procurement and leasing activity, fiscal law matters, and the agency’s human resources function, and oversaw the board’s review on appeal of enforcement proceedings undertaken by aviation and marine regulatory agencies. Mr. Halbert also supervised the NTSB’s administrative and civil litigation, legislative drafting and ethics programs. He drafted two of the agency’s recent reauthorization requests to Congress.

Mr. Halbert joined the NTSB after retiring in the grade of Colonel from the United States Air Force, where his diverse operational and staff assignments included service as a military instructor pilot in jet aircraft, commander of student classes going through pilot training, executive officer to a wing commander, and as a judge advocate in progressively responsible positions. His military legal assignments embraced both civil and criminal law functions, including installation claims officer, hospital attorney and criminal prosecution roles. Mr. Halbert handled Federal Tort Claims Act claims for alleged medical malpractice of almost $120 million during his time as legal counsel for a large military hospital, and in a subsequent senior counsel role, devised a strategy that achieved completion of an $18 million military family housing project at no additional cost to the Air Force, after the prime contractor defaulted. Mr. Halbert served as the senior legal officer at two installations, including one of the Air Force’s larger bases, and supervised 14 legal offices with 180 attorneys and staff for an overseas command responsible for 21 installations in seven European countries. At Air Force headquarters in the Pentagon, he oversaw the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s attorney assignments and human resources division for an attorney workforce of over 1,300 attorneys. He also served as the Executive Officer to the Judge Advocate General. In his final Air Force assignment, he served as the director of the Air Force’s strategic and crisis communications office.

Mr. Halbert has accumulated approximately 1,500 flight hours in military jet aircraft, single engine general aviation aircraft and sailplanes.

He is a frequent speaker on interacting with the NTSB investigation process following a major transportation accident, whether it’s an aviation, railroad, pipeline, hazardous materials, marine or highway accident. He is an expert on the NTSB statutory and regulatory structure and investigative process, having supported every major investigation undertaken by the NTSB over his five-year tenure as General Counsel.

Licensed for 36 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 06/08/2022
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1986
Updated 10/23/2022
State VA
Status Active
Acquired N/A
Updated 12/27/2022

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Holland & Knight LLP
800 17th St NW Ste 1100
Washington, DC, 20006-3906

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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • 2011 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Judge Advocate
  • U.S. Air Force Jag Corps
  • 1986 - 2005
  • Pilot/Instructor Pilot
  • U.S. Air Force
  • 1979 - 1984
  • Student Pilot
  • U.S. Air Force
  • 1978 - 1979
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Education

  • National Defense University
  • M.S.
  • 2000
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1986
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1978

Associations

  • ABA, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Aviation and Space Law Committee
  • Vice Chair
  • 2015 - Present
  • Administrative Law Review
  • Member of Advisory Board
  • 2012 - Present
  • Royal Air Force Museum, American Foundation
  • Director, Board of Directors
  • 2011 - Present
  • Aero Club of Washington
  • 2011 - Present
  • Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association
  • Immediate Past President
  • 2006 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates
  • 1978 - Present
  • Air Force Association
  • 1978 - Present
  • Americn Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Air Force JAG School Foundation
  • Past Member, Board of Trustees
  • 2012 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
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Honors and Awards

  • Transport 2015, Aviation Contentious
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2015
  • World's Leading Aviation Lawyers
  • Legal Media Group's Expert Guides
  • 2015
  • World's Leading Aviation Lawyers
  • Legal Media Group's Expert Guides
  • 2014
  • Distinguished Graduate
  • National Defense University
  • 2000
  • Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award
  • U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College
  • 1991
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • 1986
  • Honors Graduate
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • 1986
  • Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award
  • U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School
  • 1984
  • Distinguished Graduate
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • 1978
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Publications

  • ABA Book: Aviation Regulation in the United States
  • Chapter: Aviation Accident Investigations
  • 2014
  • International Bar Association Aviation Law Committee Newsletter
  • NTSB's Most Wanted List
  • 2014
  • Holland & Knight Alert
  • Drones in the United States: What Will It Take to Fly?
  • 2014
  • Holland & Knight Alert
  • Preparing for NTSB Investigative Interviews
  • 2014
  • International Bar Association Aviation Law Committee Newsletter
  • NTSB's 2013 Most Wanted List
  • 2013
  • Holland & Knight Newsletter
  • The NTSB and Parallel Law Enforcement Investigations
  • 2011
  • CorporateLiveWire, Guide to Automotive, Aviation & Maritime Sector
  • The NTSB: Small Agency, Outsize Influence
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • American Bar Association TIPS Aviation and Space Law Committee Annual Conference
  • Getting Evidence from the NTSB and the Armed Forces
  • 2015
  • Royal Aeronautical Society Air Law Group Seminar
  • Admissibility of Air Accident Investigation Board Reports (UK) and NTSB Investigation Reports (US) in Legal Proceedings
  • 2015
  • ABA Forum on Air & Space Law Annual Conference
  • U.S. Commercial Space Launch and UAS Accident Investigation and Potential Liability
  • 2015
  • International Air Transport Association Legal Symposium
  • Are Reforms Needed to the Accident Investigation Process?
  • 2015
  • Defense Research Institute Corporate Counsel Roundtable
  • Crisis Response: Lessons Learned by the Airline Industry
  • 2015
  • International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association Annual Conference
  • Government and Government Contractor Liability for Injuries and Deaths in Combat, Combat Zones and Elsewhere
  • 2014
  • International Bar Association Annual Conference
  • Aircraft Accidents, Investigation, Compensating the Victims, Liability of the Manufacturer, Criminal Prosecution
  • 2013
  • Regional Airline Association Convention
  • Accident Investigation and Emergency Response: Perils, Pitfalls & Practice Pointers
  • 2013
  • Airports Council International North America Board Members & Commissioners Conference
  • Understanding the Ins and Outs of an NTSB Investigation
  • 2013
  • American Public Transportation Association Rail Conference
  • The Role of the Rail System, Suppliers & Counsel in an NTSB Accident Investigation
  • 2012
  • American Public Transportation Association Legal Affairs Seminar
  • The Role of Counsel for a Party to an NTSB Accident Investigation
  • 2012
  • Texas Institute of Transportation Engineers District Meeting
  • The Role of Transportation Engineers and Departments in an NTSB Accident Investigation
  • 2012
  • ABA Law Student Division 11th Circuit Spring Meeting
  • Strategizing a Government Legal Career
  • 2012
  • International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association Blue Angels Air and Transportation Law Conference
  • A Chief Counsel’s/General Counsel’s Perspective on the Role of Agency’s Top Lawyer in Influencing FAA & NTSB Interaction with the Aviation Industry over the Last 30 Years
  • 2011
  • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Aviation and Space Law Litigation Conference
  • Obtaining Information from the Government
  • 2011
  • Energy Bar Association Western Chapter Meeting
  • Energy Infrastructure Safety and Crisis Management
  • 2011
  • American Conference Institute 3rd Annual Forum on Defending and Managing Aviation Litigation
  • The View from the Regulators: NTSB and FAA Speak Out on the Latest Aviation Litigation Trends
  • 2011
  • Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) Aviation Law Americas Conference
  • Crew Regulations
  • 2011
  • Southern Methodist University Annual Air Law Symposium
  • Gone, Gone, Gone – Lessons of the NTSB Go Team and Application of the Investigative Rules of Practice
  • 2010
  • NTSB Bar Association National Air and Transportation Law Conference
  • The Party to an NTSB Investigation as Client
  • 2010
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC) Annual Meeting
  • The Anatomy of an NTSB Rail Investigation
  • 2010
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Annual Aviation Law & Insurance Symposium
  • You Have a Role
  • 2009
  • NTSB Bar Association Aviation Law Seminar
  • General Overview of the National Transportation Safety Board
  • 2008
  • NTSB Bar Association Aviation Law Seminar
  • The Need for Rule Changes
  • 2008
  • Defense Research Institute Aerospace Law Committee Annual Meeting
  • Recent Developments at the NTSB
  • 2007
  • Duke University School of Law Aviation Law Course
  • The Federal Government and Aviation: The Department of Justice and the National Transportation Safety Board
  • 2007
  • Air Accident Investigation Bureau Chief Aircraft Accident Investigators Programme
  • Future Legal Challenges to Investigators
  • 2007
  • International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) Seminar
  • ICAO Annex 13 Investigation in a Litigious Environment
  • 2007
  • American Association for Justice, Aviation Law Section Annual Convention
  • Interacting with the National Transportation Safety Board
  • 2007
  • Singapore Management University Society of International Law Singapore (SILS)
  • U.S. Aircraft Accident Investigation and the Pursuit of Justice – Compatibility of Distinct Interests
  • 2007
  • ABA Annual Air & Space Law TIPS Conference
  • NTSB Investigations: We’re from the Government and We’re Here to Help
  • 2006
  • NTSB Bar Association Blue Angles Aviation Law Seminar
  • Current Legal Developments at the NTSB
  • 2006
  • NTSB Bar Association Blue Angles Aviation Law Seminar
  • Why and How to Make Party Submissions in an NTSB Aircraft Accident Investigation
  • 2006
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Washington Aviation Lawyer Gary Lynn Halbert
Gary Lynn Halbert
Aviation Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 36 years