Gary is the Managing Partner of Fitzpatrick & Hunt, Pagano, Aubert, LLP and has been practicing in the areas of product liability and aviation law for over 35 years, representing various companies all over the world. Gary is lead defense counsel for his clients in claims and complex litigation arising from major airline catastrophes, military crashes and general aviation accidents.
His expertise in product liability played an instrumental role in creating and adopting the Government Contractor Defense in military defense litigation. One of his cases for a major defense contractor was the first to uphold this defense at the Federal Appellate Court level and subsequently adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gary serves as the legal head of the Aircraft Builders Council Program, which is one of the longest running aviation product insurance programs anywhere in the world. In addition to handling the defense of claims and litigation of the numerous diversified companies insured under this Program, he has been instrumental in providing a variety of claims prevention services to these companies, including product liability seminars. For companies manufacturing various commercial product lines, these seminars also cover important related subjects including active product integrity programs; contractual reviews; document management; post-sale responsibilities and warnings and other preventative measures. These seminars are conducted at each company’s facilities across the United States as well as abroad.
Gary has also lectured on product liability and aviation law at various legal and insurance conferences, and is the author of articles published in both legal and insurance journals and periodicals.