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  • Tony B. Jobe

  • Tony B. Jobe is a litigator with forty-one (41) years of experience in highly specialized and technical areas of the law including aviation, maritime, products liability, environmental, truck, bus and highway, fuel tank integrity, serious personal injury and wrongful death. He has for two (2) decades held the highest rating, AV, by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Martindale’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in his primary specialties of aviation and maritime law. In 2009, he was selected as a “Top Lawyer” by the New Orleans Magazine. In 2015, he was included in the Times Picayune’s list of “Best Lawyers in New Orleans”.

    Mr. Jobe was born in Washington, D.C. and was raised in Bethesda, Maryland where he graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. In 1966, he graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature.

    From 1967 until 1971 Mr. Jobe served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. As a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, he flew H-46 Boeing Sea Stallions in 900 combat missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Single Mission Air Medals, 45 Air Medals as well as the Navy Commendation with Combat V. Following the war, Mr. Jobe was appointed to fly the Commanding General of the USMC for the Atlantic Fleet out of Norfolk, Virginia. As a Marine Corps pilot and as a private pilot, Mr. Jobe has experience in piloting forty-four (44) different types of aircraft, including helicopters, single and multi-engine transport and jet fixed-wing aircraft. He received training as an aircraft accident investigator at the Naval Postgraduate School and training at the University of Southern California Aviation Safety School as an aviation safety investigator.

    While serving in the Marine Corps Reserves, Mr. Jobe attended the Tulane University Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1974. While a law student at Tulane, he founded and directed the Tulane Legal Aid Program, which continues today to prepare law students for litigation in the court room.

    From 1981 – 1988, Mr. Jobe owned and served as President/CEO of Air New Orleans, a regional airline, whose success in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida resulted in its selection by Continental Airlines as a Continental Express Airline in 1985. In 1986, the Mayor of the City of Birmingham, Alabama awarded Mr. Jobe the Key to the City for successfully obtaining the legislative enactment of the “Alabama Airline Development Act” and for relocating his regional airline’s headquarters to Birmingham, Alabama.

    Mr. Jobe utilizes his experience as a pilot, safety accident investigator, and an aviation business man to effectively represent aviation and maritime related clients and businesses. These have included aircraft owners, pilots, mechanics, aircraft passengers, in all areas of aviation law. He also represents seriously injured maritime employees under the Jones Act, the Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), the Death on the High Seas Act, and the General Maritime Law. He has successfully recovered millions of dollars for his clients in maritime accidents and air mass disasters, fixed wing and helicopter crash cases, aviation and maritime insurance subrogation cases, automobile fuel tank integrity design cases, truck and school bus accident cases, as well as numerous related marine and aviation commercial matters.

    Mr. Jobe represents aircraft pilots, aircraft operators, mechanics and flight attendants in FAA/NTSB/DOT enforcement and regulatory cases and has been a panel attorney for the AOPA Legal Services Plan for over thirty (30) years. He has represented commercial and general aviation pilots before the NTSB and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, and the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Jobe has particular expertise in litigating DOT Part 40 drug and alcohol collection laboratory testing. These cases include actions in which the FAA or Coast Guard moves to revoke, suspend, or delay a pilot’s or mechanic’s medical certificate required to work in a safety sensitive aviation or maritime position because of random, reasonable suspicion, or DUI driver’s license action.

    Mr. Jobe is actively involved in the International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association (IATSBA, formerly known as the National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association). Currently a member of the Board of Directors of IATSBA, he served as President from 2002 - 2006 and from 2010 - 2012. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association; the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ, formerly the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association), having served as Chairman of the LAJ Aviation Connection Group; the American Bar Association, Litigation Section, TIPS, and the Forum on Air and Space Law Committee. He is also a member of the New York City Bar Association, Aeronautical Committee; the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association; the New Orleans Bar Association; and the Federal Bar Association.

    STATES WHERE HE HAS SERVED AS TRIAL COUNSEL

    Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia, Texas, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Maryland, Delaware and Hawaii

    COURT ADMISSIONS:

    Louisiana State Courts
    Louisiana Federal Courts
    United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
    United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
    United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
    United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    United States Supreme Court
    United States Court of Claims
    Veterans’ Court
    Benefits Review Board (Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act cases)
    National Transportation Safety Board Administrative Courts

    PRACTICE AREAS:

    Aviation - Helicopter, Fixed Wing and Military Crash litigation;
    Air Mass Disaster litigation;
    FAA/NTSB cases, including pilot enforcement defense;
    49 CFR Part 40 drug and alcohol testing, FAA enforcement and laboratory litigation
    FAR Part 91, 135, 141, 144, and 121 regulatory cases;
    Aircraft transactions including purchasing, partnerships, fractional ownerships, and leases;
    Aviation safety audits;
    Airport regulation;
    Business and commercial litigation;
    Hazardous material transportation;
    Drone and space law cases; and
    Insurance Subrogation

    Product Liability - Fixed wing general aviation and commercial aircraft;
    Helicopters, including Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter Helicopters); and
    Wrongful death and serious personal injury in aviation and other transportation cases

    Automobile, Trucking, and School Bus Accident cases

    Maritime - Jones Act Seaman Cases
    Maritime Insurance Subrogation
    Longshore and Harbor Workers Act representation and litigation

    PROFESSIONAL LICENSES:

    FAA Licenses as Commercial Pilot for fixed and rotary wing aircraft
    Instrument Rated, including helicopters
    Type Rated BV-107
    4000 plus flight hours as a commercial and private pilot

    MAJOR CASES

    Plaintiffs’ Discovery, Trial and Appeals Committees; 1975 Crash of Eastern Airlines Flight #66,
    represented 10 families; (landmark air mass disaster case that established the dangers of low level wind shear);
    Plaintiff’s Trial Counsel; Hatfield v. Ford Motor Company; 1979 exploding fuel tank Pinto case, settled before trial for significant seven figures in Cook County, Chicago, Illinois;
    Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel; 1982 crash of Pan American Airlines Flight #759, representing 20
    families; (landmark air mass disaster wind shear case);
    Plaintiffs’ Trial Counsel, Haley v. Pan American Airlines, 746 F.2d 311, 5th Circuit, 1984;
    (landmark Louisiana pre-impact fear of death case);
    Plaintiffs’ Trial Counsel; Deligan, Gleason, Mahler vs. USA. 1986 Air Traffic Controller negligence involving wind shear (successfully litigated on behalf of three families under the Federal Tort Claims Act for wrongful death.)
    American Creosote Superfund Cleanup, Pensacola, Florida, 1991 – 1992; (settlement);
    Plaintiff’s Trial Counsel, Mackles v. Chiquita Bananas (maritime vessel seizure for LHWCA client
    Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel, Crash of Aviateca Airlines Flight #301 in El Salvador, 1995;
    represented 3 families (air mass disaster);
    Plaintiff’s Trial Counsel for Madisonville (Louisiana) Boatyard, a maritime commercial client
    Plaintiffs’ Trial Counsel; Stillinger v. 3M, a maritime products liability class action consolidated cases (successfully represented numerous yacht owners with damage to vessels.)
    Plaintiffs’ Trial Counsel; Carillo v. Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Assoc. 559 F 3rd 377, (5th Circuit, 2009); (landmark Longshore decision);
    Plaintiffs’ Trial Counsel; Siegrist, Inc. v. Teledyne Continental Motors; Amite, Louisiana, 2009; (favorable aviation products liability bench trial decision);
    Defense Counsel; FAA Administrator v. Gibson (2011); successfully defended revocation of
    pilot’s commercial license and medical certificate; obtained Equal Access to Justice attorney fee recovery for client and record expungement
    Plaintiffs’ Trial Counsel; Gibson v. Concentra Medical Laboratories, Los Angeles, California,
    2012; (landmark negligence and fraud tort case against the collection and testing laboratory arising out of an FAA mandatory random alcohol test with favorable settlement for client);
    Plaintiff’s Trial Counsel; Bessard v. Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Corporation; 2013
    (significant seven-figure recovery for injured Longshoreman);
    Plaintiffs’ Co-lead Counsel, Delia Bolanos Andrade, et al v. Citizens Insurance Company of America, et al, Travis County Texas; (international class action settlement 2015);
    Appeal Counsel; Swaters v. Department of Transportation, 2016; (landmark case challenging
    DOT’s Part 40 drug testing regulations involving the use of DNA testing in a Florida state court tort case).
    Plaintiffs’ Co-Trial Counsel; Afonso, et. al. v. Jet University, Pinnacle Airlines, SimCenter and Wachovia Bank (Wells Fargo), representing forty-seven (47) former CJR students involving claims for fraud and improper conversion of student loans (successful recoveries from Pinnacle Airlines and Wells Fargo, other claims pending in Dade County, Florida state court 2017).
    Plaintiff’s Lead Trial Counsel; Escobar Cline v. Airbus Helicopters, SAS (a French corporation), 2016 (successful recovery for widow of EC130 B4 helicopter pilot in products liability case in U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii).
    Plaintiff’s Lead Trial Counsel; Escobar Cline v. Nevada Helicopter Leasing, LLC, an action involving Hawaii strict products liability for lessors and federal preemption (currently pending appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals).
    Counsel; Swain v. Fleetwash, et al.; traumatic brain injury case currently pending in the 21st JDC, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.