Robert J. Spragg | Of Counsel

rspragg@kreindler.com 212.973.3435

Overview

Robert Spragg is a specialist in aviation accident litigation and has been involved in numerous airline, commuter, military and general aviation crash cases.  


While in the Marine Corps, Rob was a CH-46 Helicopter pilot and weapons tactics instructor (WTI).

Prior to joining Kreindler in 1991, Robert received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University, served in the United States Marine Corps as a CH-46 helicopter pilot and Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) before graduating from Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey where he served as Senior Articles Editor of the Rutgers Law Review.

Throughout his career, Robert has worked on many high-profile aviation disaster cases, including the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 near Buffalo, New York, the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 at Belle Harbor, New York on which he served as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Committee and as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel, the crash of SwissAir Flight 111 near Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia on which he served as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Committee, the crash of Comair Flight 3272 near Monroe, Michigan, and the crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, New York. Robert was also extensively involved in several notable actions brought for the wrongful deaths of a famous R&B star who was killed in the crash of a Cessna 402B in the Bahamas, a United States Senator from Pennsylvania who was killed in a mid-air collision near Philadelphia, the President and COO of the Walt Disney Company who was killed in a helicopter crash in Nevada, and the CTO of the Colgate-Palmolive Company who was killed in a helicopter crash in New York’s East River.

Our highly experienced attorneys, many of whom are former military pilots, use every available resource to obtain the largest recovery possible for each of our clients.
~ Robert Spragg | Of Counsel
Attorney Robert Spragg offers insights on Yankee pitcher’s small plane accident.
In a Billboard news article, Robert Spragg speaks out on behalf of deceased singer’s family.

Robert has litigated cases involving the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 and DC-9, Boeing 747 and 737, Airbus A300 and A340, Embraer 120, Fokker F-28, Cessna 172 and 402, Cirrus SR22, Piper Aerostar, Beech 1900C and Lear 24, as well as numerous cases involving helicopters, including the Bell 206, 212, 412 and UH-1N, Sikorsky H-60, S76, S61 and MH-53E, Boeing CH-46, Robinson R22, Hughes 369, and Eurocopter BK117, AS350 and EC135.  

Robert is admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. He is also admitted to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has appeared pro hac vice in numerous state and federal courts throughout the United States. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a member of the American Bar Association and its Aviation Litigation Section, the New York State Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council.

Robert In the media

Attorney Robert Spragg among aviation experts weighing in on potential lawsuits after Comair Flight 5191 crash

The Kreindler attorney considers the likelihood of liability by the airplane manufacturer. For now, however, responsibility will lie with the airline.

Attorney Robert Spragg explains next steps in the investigation of Comair Flight 5191

Mr. Spragg mentions that air traffic controllers are expected to visually scan the runways "to the maximum extent possible." He says, "That gives a loophole for a controller to tend to other things.”

In a Billboard news article, aviation attorney Robert Spragg speaks out on behalf of deceased Singer’s family

After R&B star Aaliyah was killed in a small plane crash, Virgin Records allegedly has not paid to cover the singer's funeral home and transportation expenses.

Kreindler attorney Robert Spragg discusses ruling that airbus crash in Queens is subject to maritime laws

Spragg, a lawyer for the victims' families, points out that a major benefit of maritime law is that it provides compensation based on loss of companionship.

Kreindler attorney Robert Spragg interviewed about the rise in aviation accidents

After citing a number of recent flight failures, aviation attorney Robert Spragg recommends authorities investigate the disturbing trend to identify common causative factors.

Kreindler attorney Robert Spragg offers insights on Yankee pitcher’s small plane accident

After Cory Lidle and his instructor struck a brick building in New York, Mr. Spragg talks about the tricky turn the aircraft had to take around the southern tip of Manhattan.

Kreindler aviation attorney Robert Spragg seeks to re-open the discovery process for victims of Flight 587 Disaster

Mr. Spragg also talks about how settlement negotiations have nearly slowed to a halt for families of those who died when the American Airlines jet crashed into their homes.

Awards & Events
  • Selected as 2020 Super Lawyers®, 2018-2020
  • Awarded 5/5 Peer Reviewed Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, Plaintiff’s Committee, American Airlines Flight 587
  • Member, Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel, Swissair Flight 11
  • Panelist, Rutgers School of Law Aviation Law Seminar
Practice Areas
Education
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law, Newark, Newark, NJ, J.D. - 1991: Rutgers University Law Review, 1989-1991; Senior Articles Editor, 1990 - 1991
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY B.S. - 1981 Major: Entomology
Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States