Kevin Sutherland has 25 years of experience representing clients in commercial, aviation and product liability matters. His practice includes representing airlines; airports; municipalities; government contractors; manufacturers of commercial, aviation, space and military products; and their insurers. He has acted as lead counsel in numerous high-value cases involving a variety of products, including telecommunications satellites, satellite launch vehicles, municipal and consumer generators, gas turbine and carbureted aircraft engines, camshafts, consumer and commercial tools, fuel control units, fastening systems and avionics, as well as general aviation, experimental and sub-orbital aircraft. These cases have included significant wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury and property damage claims. His practice includes assisting domestic and foreign clients in a variety of complex disputes with significant cross-border issues, including commercial, regulatory and compliance issues involving US federal and state regulations.

Kevin has been recognized as one of the best lawyers in the United States by a number of leading legal and trade publications. He has held leadership positions in the Defense Research Institute and the American Bar Association. Kevin has published articles and lectured at conferences on a variety of issues, including US regulation of unmanned aircraft systems, liability and insurance implications arising from development of autonomous vehicles, the use of accident reconstruction and virtual reality evidence, risk management and litigation strategy. Kevin has represented clients in litigation pending in several states throughout the United States.

Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • US Supreme Court

Education

  • J.D., Syracuse University School of Law, 1992. Executive Editor of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce.
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles, 1988

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Aviation Insurance Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Air Law Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Helicopter Association International