I retained attorney Steve Chait as plaintiff’s counsel to represent myself and my company in an aviation lawsuit for breach of contract against Paradigm Jet Management and Jetaway Air Service. That representation was later expanded to represent my company in front of the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) in a civil enforcement action. His background seemed to make him an obvious choice for this case however he proved to be a complete disappointment. His services were terminated in the final stages of the lawsuit due to an overt act of placing the welfare of opposing counsel over the welfare of his clients and his violation of a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure causing the public filing of personal information that was required to be redacted from his pleadings. This error was done repeatedly and made worse by his failure to object or cure the very same conduct from both opposing attorneys.
Other errors made by Chait during the course of his lawsuit representation involved his failure to timely review discovery material, his failure to retain copies of material provided during discovery before returning it to the opposition without good cause, failure to recognize his subject -matter knowledge limitations and retain experts necessary for the case, and his failure to accomplish a critical deposition before the close of the discovery period. His representation in front of the DOT was ineffective and negligible. An aviation expert was retained to provide the technical-legal memorandum that produced a much more favorable result with that federal agency.
Chait’s representation was weak and negligent at best, or legal malpractice at worst. He was provided more than enough information to effectively and aggressively litigate this case. As a result of collateral actions, we engaged in to develop a defense charter certificate holder Paradigm Jet Management, and several pilot and mechanic employees are now involved in FAA enforcement actions pursuant to an investigation conducted by the Dept. of Transportation Office of the Inspector General made necessary due to the lack of FAA oversight of Paradigm Jet Management. That investigation substantiated our technical claims presented in the lawsuit.
I would never utilize Chait in the future for any legal representation, especially if opposing counsel is attorney Dean Greenblatt. Chait will not engage in any effective representation against Greenblatt but will do everything possible not to challenge or embarrass Greenblatt and place his welfare over the client's.
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.