Judge Whiting’s current position as a Loyola University Chicago Law School aviation law adjunct professor and his pilot experience highlight and underscore his varied and extensive involvement in aviation, the aviation industry, and aviation related legal matters.

He has represented domestic and international airlines, aviation insurers, maintenance/repair facilities, component manufacturers, brokers, and other aviation related entities in regulatory, negligence, contract, insurance, product liability, environmental, and commercial litigation matters associated with their business operations.

Specifically, he has defended airlines in cases involving accidents, false arrest, boarding denial, pressurization issues, and cargo and baggage claims. He has advised and counseled clients on overcoming regulatory hurdles and on compliance matters involving the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and other agencies governing aviation related operations.

  • Obtained a variance for Deutsche Lufthansa AG allowing the airline to preserve unused, high value foodstuffs such as caviar, wine and champagne upon landing in the United States, saving the airline millions of dollars annually.
  • Successfully defended Air France in a suit brought by the purchaser of a multi-million dollar, custom manufactured machine destroyed after falling from a truck at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport by proving Air France was not responsible for the ground transportation.
  • Successfully represented United Airlines in boarding denial, pressurization injury, and breach of contract actions.
  • Represented a major international aircraft insurer in a negligence action involving the improper repair of an aircraft landing gear.
  • Successfully defended an international airline in a TUG vehicle tarmac accident resulting in personal injury and property damage.


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