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Doug Griffith

Before starting his own firm focusing on the needs of aviation and private spaceflight companies, Doug spent more than four years at the international law firm Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. As part of the firm's aviation practice group, Doug engaged in a broad-based commercial litigation practice emphasizing sophisticated contract and regulatory disputes encompassing real property transactions, operating agreements, labor and employment matters, construction projects, trade secrets and airport noise/access issues. Prior to Paul Hastings, Doug spent four years at Kern & Wooley LLP, an aviation law firm specializing in the representation of airlines, maintenance facilities, aircraft and component manufacturers, and other members of the industry in air disaster litigation. While at Kern & Wooley, Doug litigated many aviation accidents, conducted an internal investigation for major helicopter manufacturer, and participated in numerous accident investigations and wreckage inspections. Doug studied aerospace engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1984. Upon graduation, Doug joined the United States Marine Corps and began training as a Naval Aviator. After completing training in the T-34C Turbomentor and TH-57 JetRanger, Doug earned his wings and reported to Camp Pendleton, California to fly AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters. For five years, Doug served with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 369, participating in deployments to Okinawa, Korea and the Philippines before going to Southwest Asia for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-91. There, Doug flew numerous combat missions in support of the Marines' advance into Kuwait City, and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, several Air Medals, and the Navy Commendation Medal. Doug's squadron was awarded the title Marine Helicopter Squadron of the Year for 1991 as a result of its actions during the Gulf War. In addition to his tactical flying duties, Doug was a post-maintenance check pilot, quality assurance officer, and assistant aircraft maintenance officer for a fleet of 24 AH-1W and UH-1N helicopters. He attended the Naval Post Graduate School's Aviation Safety Officers course in Monterey, California, receiving extensive training in aviation risk management and accident investigation. Doug left the active duty Marine Corps in 1992 to begin his legal education and career, but continued to fly AH-1Ws as a reservist until 2003. During his time in the reserves, Doug was the investigator-in-charge of two major aircraft accidents, and developed a multimedia lecture series on aviation fratricide. He also worked part-time for Rockwell International Corporation during its design of an upgraded cockpit and weapons control system for the AH-1W. By the end of his military flying career, Doug had reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, amassed more than 2,500 mishap-free flight hours, and obtained numerous instructor designations. Doug combines his passion for flying with a desire to give to the community by serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of Angel Flight West, the nation's largest volunteer pilot organization. Angel Flight West is a charitable network of general aviation pilots throughout the 13 western states who provide their aircraft and services free of charge to persons needing transportation to far-away medical facilities. Doug holds a pilot license valid for rotorcraft at the commercial level and airplanes at the private level. He is a proud member of AOPA and EAA, and flies a Cessna 182RG with the Caltech/JPL Flying Club
Doug Griffith
Aviation Lawyer