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John W. (Jack) Harrington

Of Counsel

Practice Areas



The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1986

Northern Illinois University, M.S., 1978, Education (Spanish)

Northern Illinois University, B.A., 1973, Spanish



Jack’s passion for flying led him to a career in aviation law that now spans almost 30 years. He is an experienced pilot and holds a pilot certificate with airplane and single-engine land and sea, multiengine and instrument airplane ratings and has authorized experimental ratings for the L-39 and T-28 aircraft.

Jack directs the legal and business needs of several major aviation companies, representing individuals and air carriers in FAA administrative law matters. He also provides Congressional representation to a national aviation association. He assists clients with aviation defense, FAA Regulatory Compliance, FAA Administrative Law, NTSB Aviation Accident Management, e-discovery, aviation risk management and government litigation.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Alternate Dispute Resolution Board Member: Aviation Insurance Association
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution Section Member: American Bar Association
  • Member: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Board of Directors; Governance and Safety Committees: Experimental Aircraft Association
  • Past President, Member Board of Directors; Member of Government Committee: EAA Warbirds of America


  • Successful representation of FAA certificate holders whose businesses or livelihoods were potentially jeopardized by the certificate action
  • Modification in an aviation accident case of an NTSB finding of probable cause that did not take into account all of the available data surrounding the accident
  • Successful Motion for Summary Judgment filed on behalf of a community airport based upon a newly enacted governmental immunity statute
  • Spearheaded legislative resolutions to potentially unjust FAA enforcement practices
  • Cooperative efforts with FAA local and national personnel to improve matters involving certification and operation of general aviation aircraft

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