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Douglas A. Latto, Partner

Douglas A. Latto, Partner

Doug Latto is a partner with Speiser Krause PC and specializes in aviation accident litigation. He has been representing the victims of aviation accidents for over 25 years, and has handled numerous cases involving catastrophic injuries and death. Named a Super Lawyer many times in his career, most recently in 2019, Doug has worked on many high profile aviation accidents and was appointed Co-Lead counsel in the litigation arising out of the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 that crashed on approach to Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.  Doug also served as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in connection with several commercial aviation accidents including, Comair Flight 5191, American Airlines Flight 587 and Swissair Flight 111. Additionally, he has served on the plaintiffs’ sub-committees responsible for the litigation stemming from the hijackings of American Airlines Flight 11 and American Airlines Flight 77 in the September 11th Terrorist Attacks.  Doug also played active roles in the litigations arising from the crashes of EgyptAir Flight 990, TWA Flight 800, Comair Flight 3272, ValuJet Flight 592 and Air Midwest Flight 5481.

Doug also has extensive experience in accidents involving general aviation aircraft, including representing family members in the mid-air collision over the Hudson River which took the lives of nine individuals.  He has resolved numerous actions involving rotary and fixed wing aircraft, and has successfully litigated dozens of accidents involving claims against manufacturers, flight schools, fixed based operators, maintenance facilities, including Part 145 certified repair stations and air traffic control.  In addition, Doug has litigated against some of the largest aviation manufacturers in the world including, Boeing, Airbus, Beechcraft, Cessna and Honeywell to name a few. 

Doug is presently working on numerous general aviation accidents, including crashes of Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft.  He is also involved in representing victims of both jet and turbine powered aircraft accidents. 

Doug received his Juris Doctorate degree, magna cum laude, from the American University School of Law in 1991 and was a member of the Law Review and the Honor Society.  He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including, serving as past chair of the American Trial Lawyers Association, now known as American Association for Justice ("AAJ"), Aviation Law Section.

dal@ speiserkrause.com

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