Brian J. Alexander | Partner

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Overview

Brian Alexander has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Boeing 737 MAX  litigation against Boeing and other defendants. For over two decades, he has litigated numerous international and domestic airline, commuter, military and general aviation crash cases, most notably as one of the lead attorneys for the September 11th Terrorist Litigation. After graduating from the United States Military Academy, Mr. Alexander served as a military helicopter and fixed wing pilot from 1985 to 1990. He is a graduate of the Army Aviation Accident Investigation Course and a licensed FAA commercial multi-engine airplane and helicopter pilot with instrument rating. He went on to receive his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. 

Partner Brian Alexander speaks about the East River Liberty helicopter crash on WABC-NY.
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Kreindler partner Brian Alexander quoted in Time about a possible Malaysia Airlines crash clue.
We do not accept anything at face value and will do whatever it takes to obtain the best results for our clients. That includes traveling the globe, questioning authorities and investing the time, money and expertise necessary to uncover the truth and win.
~ Brian Alexander | Partner and Attorney

Brian completed flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama after receiving a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Notre Dame Law School where he received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, the Jessup International Moot Court Award and the American Jurisprudence Award for Trial Advocacy. 


Brian graduated from the Army Aviation Accident Investigation Course and is a licensed FAA commercial multi-engine airplane and helicopter pilot with instrument ratings.

After joining Kreindler, Brian soon made partner and has litigated numerous international and domestic airline, commuter, military and general aviation crash cases. The aviation cases that he has litigated have resulted in significant awards, including several of the highest individual settlements in the United States. The McClendon v. First Tennessee Bank case yielded an $8 million jury verdict award — one of the largest in Tennessee history at the time. Brian led the effort litigating the Korean Air Flight 801 tragedy and was the lead examiner for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) in numerous depositions of airline and FAA personnel. He was also a member of the PSC for the Singapore Flight 006 crash in which he briefed, argued and won a critical choice of law motion for the passengers which resulted in another notably large settlement. Brian has obtained successful settlements for military families against the manufacturers Bell and Boeing arising out of two MV-22 Osprey crashes.

Brian has resolved more than 35 cases arising from the China Air Flight 611 Boeing 747 crash. He vigorously pursued claims against both the airline and the manufacturer, Boeing, for their negligent maintenance and repairs on the aircraft. Among the settlements, Brian obtained the largest recovery for any case on the aircraft for a family from California. Additionally, he has represented the largest group of families in the United States litigation arising from the Boeing 737-300 Helios Airways Flight 522 crash near Athens, Greece.

Product liability cases are technically complex cases involving a wide range of aviation products including jet, turboprop and helicopter engines, avionics equipment, flight computers and flight control systems. Brian has successfully prosecuted numerous product liability cases against Sikorsky, Bell, Robinson and Eurocopter helicopters; Beech (Raytheon), Cessna, Cirrus, Mitsubishi and Piper general aviation aircraft; and Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Airbus, Bombardier, British Aerospace and other foreign manufactured commercial jet aircraft. 

In addition to the multitude of aviation cases Brian has won, he was appointed by the Court as co-liaison counsel for the September 11th Litigation pending in the Southern District of New York where he briefed, argued and defeated the defendant’s motion to dismiss the 9/11 lawsuits.

Brian is an aviation expert and legal analyst for several television and radio shows including CNBC, NPR, BBC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN and The Today Show. Brian was interviewed by Mike Wallace for 60 Minutes about his efforts on Capitol Hill to address aviation safety. Brian lectures at ABA conventions and legal symposiums in both the United States and Canada and has authored numerous articles on aviation and product liability litigation. He is the co-editor of the American Bar Association (Torts and Insurance Practice Section) Air and Space Law Newsletter and is a co-author of the book Litigating the Aviation Case from Pre-Trial to Closing  (ABA 1998). Brian is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Rutgers School of Law where he teaches a course on Aviation Accident Litigation.

Brian In the media

Socata TBM 850 crash WBEN Radio Buffalo with attorney Brian Alexander

Kreindler partner Brian Alexander speaks with WBEN's Sue Rose regarding Barnes Socata TBM 850 crash.

Partner Brian Alexander shares insights into the Kobe Bryant helicopter accident in NBC news story

As a former military helicopter pilot, attorney Brian Alexander knows what it’s like to fly in poor weather conditions. NBC News sought him out to provide some background for this tragic event.

Aviation attorney Brian Alexander discusses the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash on CBS Los Angeles

Kreindler partner and aviation accident expert Brian Alexander offers some insight into what may have caused the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and 8 others in an interview with Hermela Aregawi.

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Aviation accident attorney Brian Alexander speaks with The New York Times regarding Nature Air crash in Costa Rica

Though air travel is generally safe, plane crash lawyer Brian Alexander points out that it is up to the passenger to ensure charter transportation operators meet relevant standards.

Aviation attorney Brian Alexander on East River Liberty helicopter crash on WABC-NY with anchor Jim Hoffer

Kreindler partner Brian Alexander speaks with WABC-NY's Jim Hoffer about the "fuel shutoff lever" in the Eurocopter AS350-B2 helicopter. The pilot of the deadly March 11, 2018 flight reportedly blamed the crash on the fuel shutoff lever inadvertently being switched off mid-flight causing the helicopter to lose engine power.

Partner and aviation attorney Brian Alexander speaks with DW Akademie regarding the Germanwings tragedy

Aviation Attorney Brian Alexander discusses the responsibility an Arizona flight school has in the tragic and preventable Germanwings crash.

Kreindler partner Brian Alexander explains next steps after crash of AirAsia jet on Fox News

According to Aviation Attorney Brian Alexander, investigators will look at the debris field to determine whether the aircraft came apart before impact. In an interview, he said that radar data, weather data and more will help build a scenario of what happened to Air Asia 8501.

Observer.com conducts an in-depth profile of Kreindler partner Brian Alexander

Reporter Nina Burleigh talks with Brian Alexander and explores the responsibilities, satisfactions, challenges and views of this top aviation attorney.

Brian J. Alexander comments on FAA safety inspectors being grounded on ABC-TV news

When FAA Safety Inspection teams were taken off the job at New York City-area airports due to internal security worries, Kreindler Partner Brian J. Alexander was asked to comment. Alexander discussed the risks of not having FAA check the airworthiness of aircraft at such heavily traveled airports.

After pilot fails alcohol test, Brian Alexander discusses the risks on WRAL.com

In explaining the effects of drinking, Kreindler Partner Brian Alexander was recently quoted about why alcohol and aviation are “a terrible mix.”

Aviation attorney Brian Alexander focuses on issues with harnesses in a NY sightseeing helicopter accident on PIX11

Partner Brian Alexander discusses the victims’ inability to escape due to the passenger restraint system when their helicopter went into the East River. He also talks about the finding that the aircraft’s pontoons were not equally inflated.

Partner Brian Alexander quoted in insurance journal regarding crash of Boeing 737 MAX

Kreindler Partner Brian Alexander discusses how Boeing’s liability is partially dependent on the length of time victims knew their plane was going to crash.

Kreindler attorney Brian Alexander discusses Lufthansa Germanwings pilot suicide on CNN

"They knew that the standard of care in the U.S. was to have two people up front so this type of thing didn't happen." Kreindler attorney Brian Alexander explains to Richard Quest on CNN why he believes Lufthansa has no case regarding their defense after the pilot suicide of Germanwings flight 9525 killing all 150 people aboard.

Aviation attorney Brian Alexander is among the Kreindler attorneys assessing NTSB report on L.A. helicopter crash

A preliminary finding on the crash of a Sikorsky S-76 sparks a discussion about the circumstances that likely led to the accident.

Aviation attorney Brian Alexander frames the issues in AP news story on intentional crash in the french alps

As families of Germanwings crash victims prepare to sue the flight school that allowed a disturbed pilot to graduate, partner Brian Alexander weighs in.

Partner Brian J. Alexander says talks about warning system in Kobe Bryant crash

In a WILK NewsRadio story, aviation attorney Brian Alexander points out that the pilot was already disoriented and an additional warning system may have done more harm than good.

Attorney Brian J. Alexander points to commercial aircraft manufacturer after fatal accident

In a Newark Advocate news story, partner Brian Alexander is quoted discussing Boeing’s responsibility concerning problematic issues with their 737 Max jetliner.

Kreindler partner Brian Alexander quoted in Time Magazine story about possible Malaysia Airlines crash clue

When a piece of flotsam washed up on the French island of Reunion, it brought up fresh questions regarding the accident. Aviation attorney Brian Alexander is representing some of the victims’ families.

Partner Brian Alexander speaks about factors contributing to Hawker jet crash

Aviation attorney Brian Alexander, a military-trained pilot, points out that aviation accidents are often the result of several factors. In this case, he mentions the weather as well as operational systems.

Kreindler attorney Brian Alexander offers perspective in Reuters news story about cause of airplane accident

The disappearance of a Boeing 777 en route to Bejing is still a mystery. In looking for answers about the cause of the disaster, partner Brian Alexander makes an important point.

Aviation attorney Brian Alexander asks Lufthansa to take responsibility in deadly crash

After a co-pilot with a history of depression intentionally crashed a passenger jet, Alexander says the airline that hired the individual should never have let him fly.

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Awards & Events
Education
  • Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, IN, J.D. - 1993 Honors: International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Trial Advocacy; Jessup International Moot Court Award
  • United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, B.S. - 1985 Honors: Distinguished Military Graduate
Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Sixth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of NY
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey