Deborah Elsasser has more than 25 years of litigation experience that has included representation of airlines, multi-national corporations and insurers.  She has extensive experience in all phases of civil litigation in state and federal courts, multi-district and class action litigation and in domestic and international commercial arbitration proceedings.

Deborah is a member of the International Panel of Wolters Kluwer Air & Space Law and has published several articles on aviation litigation, insurance law and federal practice. She has served as a contributing author to New York Law of Torts (West 1994) (Chapter 1 - Intentional Torts; Chapter 7 – Standard of Care; Chapter 19 – Defenses);  Litigating the Aviation Case (ABA 3d Ed. 2008) (Chapter 15 - The Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens in the Context of Litigation Arising out of Aviation Accidents), and has participated as a speaker at several conferences on aviation litigation and insurance law.

From 2012-2014, Deborah served as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Mass Torts Committee and previously served as Co-Chair of the ABA Aviation Litigation Subcommittee  (2008- 2011).


  • New York Bar, 1989


  • J.D., St. John’s University School of Law, 1988
  • B.S., Boston College, 1985


  • Board of Directors of the Aviation Insurance Association (AIA)
  • Director of the AIA Attorneys' Division, 2015-2017
  • International Panel of Wolters Kluwer Air & Space Law