Mark Dombroff concentrates his practice on the aviation and transportation industries, including litigation, regulatory administrative and enforcement matters, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigations, airport and aircraft security, and employment issues.
Mark has handled numerous safety, enforcement and regulatory matters before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the NTSB and other administrative agencies, whether arising from an accident or incident or other material compliance matter, including issues involving the Departments of State, Justice, the Treasury and Homeland Security, and the Transportation Security Administration. During career with the DOH, he represented the FAA, all of the military services, the National Weather Service, the Coast Guard, NASA and all other government related aviation activities. Since entering private practice, he has represented all aspects of the aviation industry including airlines, general/corporate aviation, manufacturers, MROs, airports, security companies and others.
Over the course of a career spanning more than four decades, Mark has tried dozens of jury and non-jury cases, ranging in length from one day to several months, and argued before state and federal appellate courts at all levels. He represented Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in the landmark Supreme Court case Boyle v. United Technologies, which established the government contractor defense, and in Mounsey v. Allied-Signal, a "friendly fire" litigation, winning the manufacturer's dismissal from the case after the government invoked the state secrets doctrine to avoid responding to third-party subpoenas.
Mark counsels and represents airlines, including Arrow Air, US Airways, Alaska Airlines, Colgan Air, National Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Mesa Airlines, SkyWest Airlines, Trans State Airlines, Virgin America, Spirit Airlines, and Empire Airlines and aviation service providers, including airports, fuelers, ground handlers, fixed base operators, maintenance and overhaul companies, catering companies, security companies, and airframe and other aerospace manufacturers.
In 2006, recognizing that there was virtually no experience base within individual aviation companies concerning emergency response, Mark founded the annual Airline Symposium to address best practices in the wake of an accident or incident. The program, which draws hundreds of attendees from all segments of the aviation industry, covers NTSB, FAA and criminal investigations; family/survivor matters; civil litigation; employee and union issues; financial and shareholder concerns; and emergency preparedness issues.
Mark is also outside general counsel to the Aviation Emergency Response Organization (AERO), which focuses on informing, educating, sharing and providing a forum for emergency response professionals from all aspects of the aviation industry worldwide, as well as the UAS Insurance Association, comprised of the leading aviation insurers providing insurance coverage to the rapidly growing drone industry.