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ETHICS: CONSIDERATIONS IN REPRESENTING VICTIMS IN AVIATION ACCIDENTS


--- 1.0 CLE Credit for AZ,CA,CT,FL,ID,NY,PA
--- ethics - fiscal responsibility
--- course production date: 11/4/2015
--- presented by MICHAEL S. MISKA

MICHAEL S. MISKA
So you’ve been contacted by a prospective client in an aviation accident. Do you undertake representation? The answer as to whether or not you and your firm can represent that client may not be as cut and dry as it may seem. Representing parties injured in aviation accidents is a unique area of the law, and many attorneys do not recognize the unique issues such representation presents, or do so far too late in the course of representation.

In this course, Mike Miska, a Philadelphia-based aviation attorney from the Wolk Law Firm, discusses the important ethical considerations unique to aviation cases which confront attorneys from the initial retainer and which arise in the course of litigation.

These topics include solicitation restrictions, conflicts in small aircraft crashes between occupants, the interplay of case development with the National Transportation Safety Board, cost considerations, and other issues which confront attorneys handling aviation cases.

Key course points are:
• Understand the unique field of ethical conflicts which confront the lawyer in developing an aviation case.
• Setting parameters for the scope of representation – when to say yes, and when to refer.
• Understand the work required for competent development and client representation.


--- presented by MICHAEL S. MISKA

Michael Miska is an Attorney at the Wolk Law Firm in its litigation team. He has worked with this firm since 2008. The Wolk Law Firm exclusively handles Aviation Litigation for Plaintiffs, and Mr. Miska’s practice accordingly solely focuses on this area. He has worked on both foreign and domestic air crashes involving fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. In addition, Mr. Miska has handled both private flights, charter operations, and commercial and transport category matters. He is involved in every aspect of developing his cases, from initial inspections and case development up to trial and appellate work.

Mr. Miska attended the American University in Washington, D.C. where he received a B.S. magna cum laude in 2007. He then attended the Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, Pennsylvania and graduated cum laude in 2010.

Mr. Miska is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In addition to working in aviation litigation, Mr. Miska also holds a private pilot certificate with instrument and multiengine ratings.