DEBORAH A. ELSASSER

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Education

St. John’s University School of Law (J.D. in 1988)

Boston College (B.S. in 1985)

Deborah has more than 30 years of commercial and mass tort litigation experience that has included representation of airlines, product manufacturers, multi-national corporations and insurers. She has extensive experience in all phases of civil litigation in state and federal courts, and in domestic and international commercial arbitration proceedings. She regularly advises clients on insurance coverage issues and represents clients in declaratory judgment and bad faith litigation.

Deborah has published several articles and participated as a speaker at industry conferences on aviation litigation, insurance coverage, and federal and state court practice and procedure. She has served as a contributing author to Litigating the Aviation Case from Pre-Trial to Closing Argument (ABA 3d Ed. 2008) (Chapter 15 – The Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens in the Context of Litigation Arising out of Aviation Accidents), and (4th Ed. 2017) (Chapter 18 – The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: A History of Restrictive Immunity); and New York Law of Torts (West 1994) (Chapter 1 – Intentional Torts; Chapter 7 – Standard of Care; Chapter 19 – Defenses).

From 2015 – 2017, Deborah served on the Board of Directors of the Aviation Insurance Association as Director of the Attorneys’ Division. From 2012 – 2014, Deborah served as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Mass Torts Committee and previously served as Co-Chair of the ABA Aviation Litigation Subcommittee (2008 – 2011). Deborah has also served as a member of the International Panel of Wolters Kluwer Air & Space Law.

Admissions
New York Bar, 1989 United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third and Eleventh Circuits United States Supreme Court

Education
J.D., St. John’s University School of Law, 1988 B.S., Boston College, 1985

Memberships
Board of Directors of the Aviation Insurance Association (AIA), 2015-2017 Director of the AIA Attorneys’ Division, 2015-2017 International Panel of Wolters Kluwer Air & Space Law 2012-2016

Publications
The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: A History of Restrictive Immunity, Litigating the Aviation Case from Pre-Trial to Closing Argument, Chapter 18 (ABA 4th Ed. 2017) International Parental-Child Abductions: Air Carrier Exposure to Civil Litigation in the USA for Transporting Abducted Children, Air & Space Law, Volume 37, Issue 1 (Wolters Kluwer, February 2012)
United States Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Aviation Cases Involving the Scope of Preemption Defenses – Getz v. The Boeing Co; Aerolease of America, Inc. v. Vreeland, Mass Torts Litigation (ABA, April 2012)
Federal Courts Continue to Order FNC Dismissals in Foreign Air Crash Cases, Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation (ABA, 2011)
Recent Cases Addressing the Multiparty, Multiforum Trial Jurisdiction Act, Mass Torts Litigation, Volume 9, No. 1 (ABA, Fall 2010) (co-author)
Does the MMTJA Allow for More Efficient Mass Disaster Litigation? Mass Torts Litigation, Volume 8, No. 3 (ABA, Spring 2010) (co-author)
THE HUDSON RIVER MID-AIR COLLISION: Who is responsible for the safe operation of aircraft in congested uncontrolled airspace? Mass Torts Litigation, Volume 8, No. 2 (ABA, Winter 2010)
The Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens in the Context of Litigation Arising out of Aviation Accidents, Litigating the Aviation Case – From Pre-Trial to Closing Argument, Chapter 15 (ABA 3d Ed. 2008)