Jerry Skinner is an aviation attorney with unparalleled experience representing families of victims of international commercial air crash disasters and general aviation accidents and helicopter crashes. He is one of only two American lawyers ever to appear before the Egyptian Court of Cassation. Jerry is most proud of his ongoing work for a charity that he founded in 1998 for disabled children. The Romanian Handicapped Ministry is a non-profit Christian ministry that focuses on assisting young people with serious disabilities in Romania. Due to his unique aviation expertise and experience he is often a part of the steering committee on major airplane crash disasters. His representative cases include:
In 2004, Jerry acted as a member of the negotiating committee that reached a historic $2.7 billion dollar settlement with the State of Libya on behalf of the 270 victims’ families in the litigation arising out of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing.
In 2006, Jerry worked to create an alternative dispute resolution process for the families of the Egyptian citizens who were victims of the October 1999 mid-Atlantic crash of Egypt Air flight 990. Jerry presented cases before a former Egyptian United Nations diplomat appointed as special master, appearing in the highest court in Egypt, the Court of Cassation.
In addition to representing families of the MH17 crash victims against Malaysian Airlines for damages under the Montreal Convention, Jerry Skinner is leading the litigation filed in the European Court of Human Rights, (“ECHR”) in Strasbourg, France. The claim alleges that the Russian Federation fired a Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile from within the Ukraine and shot down a commercial airliner, a Boeing 777 operating as Malaysian Airlines Systems flight 17, killing all 298 non-combatant passengers and crew on board. This act of war violated the European Human Rights Convention, of which Russia is a signatory, in denying the passengers and crew the right to life and the freedom from torture. This action is entitled, Sharlene Ayley and others v. the Russian Federation, Case No. 25714/16. For more information on this case, click here.
Jerry is of counsel at Friedman | Rubin, with special status as agent and representative of the firm.
To contact Jerry, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014-2016, Adjunct Faculty, Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law, Seminar in Complex Litigation
2009, SMU Air Law Symposium, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Egypt Air 990: Down the Rabbit Hole
2008, Duke University, review of Pan Am 103 Libyan Case
2004, SMU Air Law Symposium, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, An American Civil Law Response to International Terror
SMU Air Law Symposium, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, The Family Assistance Act of 1996: Plugging Some Holes and Finding Some Fairness in the Solicitation of Clients etc.
Super Lawyer – 2011, 2012, 2016
Washington Law & Politics Magazine
Hall of Fame 2013 as Lawyer and Humanitarian
Brocton Central School
AV Rated 1997-2017
Outstanding Alumnus 2013
SUNY College at Fredonia, NY
Honorary Doctor of Laws, May 2009
Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law
Ohio State Bar, November 1979
USDC So. District of Ohio, December 1979
USDC Eastern District of Ky., July 1980
USCA for the Sixth Circuit, September 1982
United States Supreme Court, April 1986
USDC Eastern District of Michigan, December 1988
USDC, Northern District of Ohio, October 1992
USDC Southern District of Indiana. December 1992
USDC Northern District of Illinois, March 2005
USDC District of Colorado, November 2005
USDC Western District of Michigan, July 2006
European Court of Human Rights 2016
Northwest 255, USDC Eastern District of Michigan
Pan Am 103, Eastern District of NY
Swiss Air Flight 111, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
USAF CT-43, Near Dubrovnik, Croatia, District of Connecticut
Egypt Air 990 Steering Committee and Plaintiff’s Liaison Counsel, Eastern District of NY
IN RE: Cessna Caravan 208B Products Liability Action, District of Kansas, Lead Counsel and Plaintiff’s Liaison Counsel
Ohio Northern University Petit College of Law J.D., 1979
SUNY College at Fredonia, NY