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J. C. Buehler is an ATP-rated pilot/attorney with 35 years' experience in aviation law and related fields. 

His aviation experience includes 15,000 hours flight time and type ratings in the B727; B737; B757; B767; IA-JET; CE-500 aircraft. He served as a Part 121 pilot and aircraft and simulator Check Airman with ATA Airlines (1983-2007), and a Part 135 pilot and Director of Operations (1975-79; 2006-13). He is an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). 

Mr. Buehler's legal experience includes proceedings in federal and state courts, and appeals before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and NTSB, as well as practice before the FAA, U.S. Department of Transportation and NTSB in enforcement, compliance and adminstrative proceedings. 

From 1996 to 2000, J. C. was a Hearing Judge with the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, and judge pro tem in the Marion County Municipal/Superior Courts, and Putnam County Circuit Court (1980-1995).  He has been a registered Civil Mediator since 1997, and facilitated mediation training.

From 1980 through 1986, Mr. Buehler was an Adjunct Professor (Commercial Law) at the Indiana University School of Business, and the University of Indianapolis (Business Law). He is a guest lecturer at the Purdue University School of Aviation Technology, and Indiana University McKinney School of Law (Aviation Law, 2011-13). He regularly lectures at aviation law seminars. 

He is licensed to practice in Indiana and Illinois, and is a member of the AOPA, Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, International Air and Transportation Safety Bar Association, and the Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Assocation. He is also President and Chairman of the Indiana Aviation Hall of Fame, Inc.



Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 65%
    36 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Aviation: 25%
    36 years, 100 cases
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 10%
    36 years, 2 thousand cases



Hourly ($250-400/hour)

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Contact info

777 East 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN, 46240-1803


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199105/11/2016
INActive In Good Standing198007/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Willkie Graduate of the YearPhi Delta Phi1979
PDP ScholarshipPhi Delta Phi1979
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Director of OperationsSolutionsAir2006 - 2013
Hearing JudgeIndiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commision1996 - 2000
AssociateRocap, Rocap, et al1983 - 1984
Captain, Corporate CounselATA Airlines1983 - 2008
AssociateLewis Bowman, et al1980 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Air and Transporation Safety Bar AssocationMember1988 - Present
Buehler Associates, AttorneysPrincipal1985 - Present
Lawyer Pilots Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Indiana State Bar Assn.Member1980 - Present
Indianapolis Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
ATA AirlinesCorporate Counsel1989 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Adminstrator v. John McHugh, et alSuccessful reversal of NTSB Law Judge
Betaco v. Cessna Aircraft Co.Reversed on appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF)Pilot's Bill of Rights: History and Comment2013
Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF)Operational Control: Legal Aspects for FAR Part 135 Operators and Owners2009
ICLEF Aviation LawThe FAR in Pilot Check Rides2007
Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF)Airline Labor Disputes: A Brief Overview2006
Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF)Federal Preemption: An Aviation Perspective2005
Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF)FAA Air Carrier Enforcement2004
Lawyer Pilots Bar AssociationInterstate Discovery Practice1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of Law, IndianapolisLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Aviation Law CourseNew Pilots Bill of Rights2013
Aviation Law CLE SeminarAviation-related-various (1996-2013)2013
2004 FAA Safety ConferenceTAA Cockpits: Not Your Father's Avionics2004
Judge Advocate College-CAP/USAFASafety Concrens on Pilot Check Rides2000
CAP/USAFA National Boards (Atlanta)Mediating Personnel Disputes1998