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With over five decades of aviation law experience, Richard F. Schaden is viewed as one of the world’s preeminent aviation attorneys. He started his career as an aeronautical engineer, working as a flight test engineer for the Boeing Aircraft Company and a Jet Engine Project Engineer for Continental Aviation and Engineering Corporation. Richard discovered early in his career that he could do some of his best aeronautical engineering and re-engineering, and make aviation safer, in the court room, rather than in commercial aviation R&D departments. With over fifty years of successful litigation and trial work experience, encompassing over 400 aviation accident cases, Richard has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in courtroom verdicts and settlements. Some of the aviation cases that Richard has litigated include:

  • Comair Flight 5191, Lexington, KY
  • Korean Air Flight 801, Guam
  • American Airlines Flight 587, Belle Harbor, NY
  • Comair Flight 3272, Detroit, MI
  • TWA flight 800, East Moriches, NY
  • American Eagle Flight 3379, Morrisville, NC
  • US Air Flight 427, Pittsburgh, PA
  • United Airlines Flight 585, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Northwest Airlines Flights 1482 and 299, Detroit, MI
  • Continental Airlines Flight 1713, Denver CO
  • United Airlines Flight 232, Sioux City, IA
  • United Airlines Flight 811, Honolulu, HI
  • Northwest Flight 255, Detroit, MI

Richard sits on the External Advisory Board of the University of Colorado Aerospace Department, and founded the Schaden Chair in Experiential Learning at the University of Colorado’s Law School. In 2019, Richard was named a “Scholar in Residence” by the University of Colorado, College of Engineering & Applied Science, where he designed and has taught a multi-disciplinary course bridging the concepts of engineering and law for students in both CU’s engineering and law programs.

Richard is also an active pilot, holding an Air Transport Pilot certificate including several jet Type Ratings.

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