While Steven Pounian’s litigation practice mainly focuses on aviation litigation, he also focuses on mass disaster cases, many of which are nationally reported on, including high-profile lawsuits like the September 11th terrorism litigation. Steven has authored countless articles demonstrating his vast experience litigating complicated cases.
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Several esteemed organizations have invited Steven to speak about aviation litigation. He has delivered papers and given lectures at America Bar Association (ABA) Conventions and National Institutes, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Convention, New York State Bar Litigation Seminars and the Southern Methodist University Air Law Symposium.
After many years of litigation, Steven, along with the plaintiffs' team, established liability against the Libyan government for its role in the 1988 terrorist plane bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. We recovered over $2.7 billion, approximately $10 million for the family of each victim.
Steven has been involved in litigating numerous aviation crash cases involving commuter and military aircraft as well as related product liability cases. He has also appeared pro hac vice in several state and federal courts throughout the country. Notable aviation crash trials Steven has handled include the Korean Air Lines disaster and the USAF CT-43 crash in Croatia. Other significant cases include:
- September 11 terrorism litigation
- The Pan Am 103 disaster over Lockerbie
- TWA Flight 800
- American Airlines Flight 587
- Eastern Air Lines Flight 66
Steven graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University and earned his J.D. from New York University. While there, he was Senior Editor of the Review of Law and Social Change, a scholarly student publication dedicated to promoting creative solutions to social issues through law.
Steven was elected to be Chair of the Aviation and Space law Committee of the ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). He also served as Chair of the Trial Techniques Committee of ABA TIPS as well as the Vice-Chair of the Litigation Committee of ABA TIPS. Other roles include Court-appointed mediator in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and Court-appointed arbitrator in the Eastern District of New York. Honors include a full five star rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and a consistent listing as a New York Super Lawyer®.