Defense Counsel

As designated counsel for the ABC program, Fitzpatrick & Hunt, Pagano, Aubert, LLP handles, coordinates and oversees all claims and litigation across the United States, and around the world. Through its long history in aerospace related litigation, Fitzpatrick & Hunt brings an experience and depth to its clients in this specialized area of the law – a number of its attorneys having technical backgrounds in areas such as engineering, piloting and aircraft maintenance. The firm also draws on a network of experienced local counsel located across the country and around the world. If an ABC insured has a local counsel, with aerospace expertise, that it wishes to recommend to work as part of the defense team led by Fitzpatrick & Hunt on specific matters, Lead Underwriters are open to consideration of such proposals.

Clients and brokers have full time access to their matters through Fitzpatrick & Hunt’s Total Electronic Aviation Management Database (TEAM) at

Claims and Litigation Management

ABC's Defense Counsel works closely with ABC insureds in the following areas:

  • On-site accident investigation.
  • Post accident product teardowns, inspections and testing.
  • Liaising and interfacing with government agencies.
  • Drafting and reviewing service bulletins, warranties and contract language.
  • Defense of claims and litigation.
  • Online access to individual insured's claims data.

Contact information for Fitzpatrick & Hunt, Pagano, Aubert, LLP

Garrett J. Fitzpatrick, Esq.
Fitzpatrick & Hunt, Pagano, Aubert, LLP
Tower 49
12 East 49th Street, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10017
tel: (212) 937-4002
fax: (212) 937-4050

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