Brian J. Alexander | Partner 212.973.3411


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.
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

Kreindler Partner and Veteran U.S. Army Helicopter Pilot Brian Alexander Speaks with PBS News Hour On Recent Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Crash in Japan

Aviation attorney and veteran U.S. army helicopter pilot Brian Alexander appeared on PBS News Hour speaking about Osprey Crash the troubled safety record of the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor military aircraft.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Awards & Events
  • 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