New York, New York 10004
Aviation and Insurance Law
Civil and Commercial Litigation,
Trials and Appeals
Outside General Counsel
U.S. Court of Appeals
U.S. District Courts
Eastern District of New York
Southern District of New York
Northern District of New York
District of Connecticut
American Bar Association
Section of Litigation (Member)
Aviation Litigation Committee (Member)
2009 Aviation Litigation CLE (Co-Chair)
General Aviation Subcommittee (Chair)
Aviation Insurance Association
New York City Bar Association
Committee on Aeronautics (Member)
New York State Bar Association
Independent Lawyers Council of New York
Madison Who’s Who of Outstanding Professionals (Inductee, 2006-present)
Jeremy I. Hager is the Founder and Principal Attorney of Hager Law PLLC, an independent litigation and transactional practice focusing on aviation and insurance law, civil and commercial litigation, and general business counsel. The Firm maintains offices in New York City and Westchester County.
Mr. Hager brings a wealth of aviation, litigation and dispute-resolution experience to the practice, providing clients and colleagues alike with skilled and insightful counsel in the fields of airline, business, commercial, and general aviation, products liability, and insurance law.
With more than 15 years serving the insurance industry and more than twelve focused in aviation, general and products liability, we are pleased to represent insurance carriers, claims managers, and their insureds on engagements ranging from civil and commercial litigation, to business and commercial transactions, to operational and regulatory counsel.
Representing aviation and insurance clients in claims arising from construction site accidents, premises, auto, and general liability, as well as in actions of particular legal and technical complexity ranging from wrongful death and catastrophic bodily injury, to insurance coverage and indemnity claims, to high-value subrogation and commercial disputes, Mr. Hager’s trial and appellate practice spans the state and federal courts of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, and other venues throughout the country.
A natural and value-added complement to the litigation practice; Mr. Hager advises fixed-base operators, flight schools, mechanics and maintenance facilities, airport service vendors and other aviation enterprises on business and commercial transactions, leasing and indemnity matters, due diligence and corporate governance.
In addition to entities in the aviation sector, Mr. Hager serves as outside general counsel to companies and consulting firms in the fields of information technology, web design, marketing and branding, and real property management, and in the entertainment industry.
Mr. Hager maintains a close and long-standing professional relationship with Alimonti Law Offices, P.C., and its founding partner, Rick Alimonti. Since 2004, Mr. Hager has provided a New York County satellite office for this internationally-regarded aerospace and insurance law firm. He also is regularly retained as local and special litigation counsel by attorneys and firms throughout the country seeking effective and seasoned co-counsel.
In the litigation and insurance defense arena, Mr. Hager has served as lead counsel in numerous matters within the aviation and insurance fields of airline, general and business aviation, and products liability, as well as in commercial actions, indemnification disputes, and claims arising from construction site accidents, premises, auto, and general liability.
A natural complement to his litigation practice, Mr. Hager also advises on transactional, due diligence and corporate matters, co-op and real property law, retail and commercial leasing, and serves as general counsel for a variety of consulting, information technology, e-commerce, sales and marketing, retail, and professional service provider clients, as well as fixed-base operators and flight schools at local and regional airports throughout the country. Mr. Hager is also called upon by insurance companies to provide coverage opinions and to draft insurance policy language in conformity with state regulatory requirements.
read about Mr. Hager’s Litigation Practice and Transactional Practice
Through his affiliation with Alimonti Law Offices, P.C., (an accredited New York MCLE provider and full-service aviation and insurance law firm based in White Plains, New York), Mr. Hager has co-presented at numerous continuing professional and legal education programs for U.S. and foreign-based attorneys, claims managers, underwriters, airline personnel and aerospace component-part manufacturers. He has lectured in the U.S. and the United Kingdom on topics ranging from airline, general aviation, and products liability law, to product integrity programs, economic loss doctrine, and the application and waiver of the attorney-client privilege. In 2009, Mr. Hager co-chaired the Fifteenth Annual Meeting and CLE Seminar of the ABA Aviation Litigation Committee (produced jointly with the New York City Bar Association Committee on Aeronautics), a program for which he previously served as panel moderator in 2008 (Airline Passenger Bill of Rights) and 2006 (General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994). Mr. Hager also served as faculty at the 2009 ABA Program, lecturing on the subject of contractual indemnification in New York. He is currently slated as faculty for the 2010 SMU Air Law Symposium where he will be lecturing on the topic of bad faith and insurance carrier exposure to excess judgments in connection with claim settlement practices.
- “Exculpatory Clauses In New York: How The “Defend, Indemnify And Hold Harmless” Provisions In Commercial Agreements May Not Be As Broad As They Seem,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Aviation Litigation Committee CLE Seminar (June 4, 2009)
- “An Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights: Along with the Rights to Free Speech, Bearing Arms, et al., Would the Founders have Guaranteed the American Air Traveling Public a Right to Lavatory Service, Snack Mix, and In-Cabin Entertainment?” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Aviation Litigation Committee CLE Seminar (June 5, 2008)
- “The Attorney Client Privilege: Some Practical Guidelines to Avoid Waiver,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Aviation Litigation Committee CLE Seminar (June 2, 2006) (co-authored with Rick Alimonti)
- “Aviation Policy Sublimits: A Survey of Cases ‘Busting’ and Sustaining Them,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Aviation Litigation Committee CLE Seminar (June 2, 2006) (co-authored with Rick Alimonti)
- “Aviation Product Liability Update,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Aviation Litigation Committee CLE Seminar (June 2, 2006) (co-authored with Rick Alimonti)
- “A Survey of Recent Judicial Treatment of Claims for Fear of Impending Death,” ABA TIPS Aviation and Space Law Committee Newsletter, Spring 2004 (co-authored with Angela Savino).
To learn how we can help educate you and your colleagues on topics that are important to your business, please contact us today.
Mr. Hager received the American Red Cross Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of his service in response to the events of September 11, 2001; Mr. Hager volunteered at Ground Zero, providing hands-on support services to rescue and recovery workers, firefighters, and other first responders. Mr. Hager was also duly recognized by the National Lawyers Guild for providing pro bono legal services to indigent individuals unlawfully arrested and detained by the New York Police Department in connection with the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. Since 2005, Mr. Hager has served as a director and officer of his Brooklyn cooperative, donating hundreds of hours each year to the overall betterment of the co-op and to assisting its shareholders. Mr. Hager also regularly serves as a moot court judge in connection with the annual National Appellate Advocacy Competition of the American Bar Association, Law Student Division.
Jormic Media Group, Inc. v. Alitalia d/b/a Alitalia Airlines, 2003 WL 22998545 S.D.N.Y., (December 22, 2003) (Kaplan, U.S.D.J) (representing defendant foreign air carrier in commercial dispute)
- Jormic Media Group, Inc. v. Alitalia d/b/a Alitalia Airlines, 2003 WL 22998545 S.D.N.Y., (December 22, 2003) (Kaplan, J.) (representing defendant foreign air carrier in commercial dispute)
- Casey v. Alleghany Teledyne, Inc., et. al., 30 Conn. L. Rptr. 240 (Aug 23, 2001) (Koletsky, J.) (representing defendant aircraft mechanic in complex litigation arising from fatal general aviation accident)
- Imling v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Andrews Aviation Lit. Rptr., Vol. 18, Iss. 7 (Sept. 6, 2000) (Kapnick, J.), (appeal dismissed by 734 N.Y.S.2d 163 (N.Y.A.D. 1st Dep’t. 2001), leave to appeal denied by 97 N.Y.2d 613 (2002)) (representing public authority, defendant sublessor of premises in strict liability case under New York Labor Law § 240(1))
- Connolly v. American Airlines, Inc., 2000 WL 516520 E.D.N.Y., (Mar. 20, 2000) (Weinstein, J.) (representing defendant/third-party plaintiff domestic air carrier in indemnification claims against service provider)