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Aviation Law, 09/29/2023, On Demand More info »

Livestream - Aviation Law

CLE Hours: 6 including 6 General, 1 Ethics, 1 Professionalism, 1 Trial Practice

Ethics |  Professionalism |  Trial Practice




  • Speakers, session times and credit hours are subject to change.
  • Ethics | Professionalism | Trial Practice


  • Alan Armstrong, Program Chair; Alan Armstrong Attorney at Law Atlanta, GA

  • 8:00

  • 8:30
  • Julia Neighbors, ICLE Director, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

  • 8:35
  • Alan Armstrong

  • 8:40
  • ETHICS Ethics CLE Hour
  • William "Bill" NeSmith, Deputy General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

  • 9:40
  • Phoenix Air Group: Special Missions
  • Randall Davis, Phoenix Air Group Inc, Cartersville, GA

  • 10:40

  • 10:50
  • Aerodynamics for Lawyers
  • Robert “Hoot” Gibson

  • 11:50

  • 12:35
  • A Primer on Aircraft Design, Development and Structural Analysis
  • Glenn Armellino, Armellino Engineering LLC, Trumbull, CT 

  • 1:35
  • break

  • 1:50
  • The Death on the High Seas Act
  • Edward "Mickey" Bresee, Mozley Finlayson & Loggins LLP, Atlanta, GA

  • 2:50
  • Professionalism 
  • Kim Jackson, Bovis Kyle Burch & Medlin LLC, Atlanta, GA

  • 3:50

  • Aviation Law | 0227-092923 | agenda v8




Mr. E. Alan Armstrong's Profile

Mr. E. Alan Armstrong Related Seminars and Products

Alan Armstrong Attorney at Law

Alan Armstrong is an Airline Transport Pilot rated aviation lawyer who practices in Atlanta, Georgia. He appears in the Martindale-Hubble Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and is recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer and in the Atlanta Magazine 2020 Edition of the Top Lawyers in Georgia. He frequently appears on both local and national television as a commentator on aviation accidents and disasters. For example, on the date President Trump grounded the Boeing 737Max fleet, he was summoned to appear on CNN. He flies on the air show circuit as an air show demonstration pilot and has written over 100 articles on aviation law published in peer review and aviation periodical publications.    

Mr. William Dallas NeSmith III's Profile

Mr. William Dallas NeSmith III Related Seminars and Products

State Bar of Georgia

Deputy General Counsel for the State Bar of Georgia since 2014.
•Originally from Macon.
•Graduate of Mercer University with a Juris Doctor Degree from the Walter F.George School of Law at Mercer University.
•Served on the Investigative Panel for the State Disciplinary Board for the State Bar of Georgia (now the State Disciplinary Board)and was a member for seven years. Served as Chair.
•Formerly a county attorney in two counties,city attorney in three cities, and represented several other governmental authorities.
•He was formerly a municipal court judge in eight cities and is currently the judge in Ideal Georgia. District 3 representative for the Georgia Council of Municipal Court Judges.
•He is currently teaching Business Law and the Legal Environment of Business at Georgia Southwestern for the School of Business and Computing. He has been teaching at the college level since 1999.
•Bill regularly teaches continuing legal education courses in ethics and professionalism for the State Bar of Georgia and continuing education courses for the Institute for Continuing Judicial Education.
•Parliamentarian for the State Bar of Georgia.

Glenn Armellino's Profile

Glenn Armellino Related Seminars and Products

Over thirty-five years of mechanical engineering experience specializing in static and fatigue stress analysis of primary and secondary airframe structure and electro-mechanical components including static, shock, vibration and thermal studies. A Catia v5, 3DX and Femap power user with strong finite element modeling skills including coupled solutions, non-linearity studies and modal analyses. Experienced in coordinating a variety of complex test programs including development, qualification and certification testing. Meticulous formal stress report writing skills in accordance with FAR Part 23, 25 and 29 Airworthiness Standards with emphasis on correlation of FEM, test and classical solutions from Bruhn, Roark, Flabel, Peery and Niu. Known for devising innovative and efficient communication methods based on individual case requirements, consolidating data, streamlining analyses and effectively defending an engineering standpoint.

Robert Lee Gibson's Profile

Robert Lee Gibson Related Seminars and Products

Captain Robert “Hoot” Gibson graduated with an Associate Degree in Engineering Science from Suffolk County Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. He entered the United States Navy and served as a Fighter Pilot in F-4 “Phantom” and F-14 “Tomcat” Aircraft and flew combat missions in Southeast Asia, making more than 300 carrier landings aboard the Aircraft Carriers “USS Coral Sea” and “USS Enterprise”. After attending the Navy Fighter Weapons School “Topgun”, and the Navy Test Pilot School, he served as a Flight Test Pilot prior to being selected as an Astronaut in 1978 in the first Space Shuttle Astronaut selection.

In 18 years as an Astronaut he flew 5 Space Flights, 4 of them as the Mission Commander, aboard the Space Shuttles “Challenger”, Columbia”, “Atlantis”, and “Endeavour”. His final Space Flight was the first mission to rendezvous and dock with the Russian Space Station “Mir” in 1995.

In his career with NASA, he held the positions of Deputy Chief of NASA Aircraft Operations, as the Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations, and as the Chief Astronaut.

In a flying career covering over 60 years, he has accumulated more than 14,000 hours of flight time in more than 160 types of military and civilian aircraft.

He has received numerous honors, awards and decorations including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross and has established 6 Aviation World Records and 3 Space World Records. Captain Gibson was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2003, the Long Island Air & Space Hall of Fame in 2011, the Spacecamp Hall of Fame in 2012, The Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2015, and was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2013.


Mr. Randall H. Davis Related Seminars and Products

Phoenix Air Group Inc



            Randall H. Davis maintains a private practice of law including work in the areas of aviation law, regulatory compliance/defense, and litigation.  He is also Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of Phoenix Air Group, Inc., a world-wide provider of specialized jet aircraft services to government and industry. 


            Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College and a J.D. degree from the Emory University School of Law.  Prior to joining Phoenix Air, he was a partner with the law firm of Neely & Player in Atlanta, having practiced there for more than ten years.  In that practice, he represented various manufacturers, insurance companies, and businesses, including United States Aviation Underwriters, Associated Aviation Underwriters (now Global Aerospace), Southeastern Aviation Underwriters, Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines, United Airlines, and Piper Aircraft Corporation.  Some of his more recent clients have included AirTran Airways, Southwest Airlines, AIG Aviation, Inc., Chippewa Aerospace, Inc., Collier Family Enterprises (Naples, FL), Nick Price Group, Inc., Troup County Airport Authority, and Prestige Helicopters, Inc.  His practice also included a concentration in the defense of FAA enforcement actions and transactions involving aircraft regulatory issues. 


            Mr. Davis has authored numerous articles for publications on aviation law and has provided legal commentary on national television.  He has also acted as an adjunct professor and consultant in aviation law at DeKalb Community College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


            Mr. Davis is an active pilot and holds FAA Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor Certificates, as well as a helicopter rating.  He also holds type ratings for the Learjet, Citation, and Gulfstream 159/1159 (GI, II, III and IV) aircraft and is a qualified international captain in those aircraft. He has accumulated more than 17,000 hours of total pilot flight time.  He made his first transoceanic flight while a sophomore in college when he delivered a small twin-engine aircraft from Boston to London.


            Mr. Davis is admitted to the Bar in the States of Georgia, Florida, and New York.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, the Lawyer's Club of Atlanta, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the International Aviation Transportation Safety Bar Association.  He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia. 





Mr. Edward Croxall Bresee's Profile

Mr. Edward Croxall Bresee Related Seminars and Products

Mozley Finlayson & Loggins LLP

Edward “Mickey” Bresee, Jr. joined Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins in 1991 and has been an equity partner since 1998.  His practice focuses on aviation litigation and involves defending airports, airlines, manufacturers, repair stations, pilots, owner/operators, fixed base operators, Part 135 commercial operators, and insurers in tort litigation.   He also handles subrogation litigation and general products liability litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, he served three years as an Assistant District Attorney where he gained extensive courtroom experience trying felony criminal cases.  Mr. Bresee has tried more than 40 jury trials in various state and federal courts.  He has been voted one of Georgia’s Super Lawyers every year since 2016.

Mr. Bresee has lectured throughout the country on topics including aviation litigation, insurance subrogation, and insurance coverage.  He has been a featured speaker at the SMU Air Law Symposium and the Aviation Insurance Association and has taught trial techniques at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at Emory University.  Mr. Bresee has also lectured at seminars sponsored by the Aviation Section of the Georgia Bar Association and the National Association of Subrogation Professionals.

Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
J.D. – 1988

University of Texas, Austin, Texas
B.A. – 1984

Mr. Kim Monroe Jackson's Profile

Mr. Kim Monroe Jackson Related Seminars and Products

Bovis Kyle Burch & Medlin LLC

Kim Jackson is a partner with Bovis, Kyle, Burch, & Medlin, LLC. His practice primarily focuses on defending attorneys and other professionals in malpractice claims and handling all forms of insurance coverage and bad faith disputes, though he has experience in all types of litigation. As part of his professional liability practice, Kim advices other attorneys and clients on the prosecution and defense of attorney fee claims involving allegations of abusive litigation, defends bar grievances, and testifies as an expert witness in matters involving legal malpractice and ethics questions. Kim successfully defended the constitutionality of O.C.G.A. 9-11-9.1, Georgia’s Affidavit of Merit statute, which resulted in an opinion by the Georgia Supreme Court, and the denial of cert by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Kim is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, where is serves as the Chair of the Insurance Coverage Section and Vice-Chair of the Extra-Contractual Section. Kim is admitted to practice law in three states: Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas. Kim earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky in 1994, Order of Coif, and received his Bachelor of Arts from Wabash College, in economics & mathematics, magna cum laude, in 1991.


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