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Los Angeles Aviation Accidents Lawyer: John A. Greaves – Los Angeles, CA

In addition to being a seasoned airline accident lawyer, John A. Greaves is a former airline captain and an experienced airline transport pilot. Since joining Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman’s aviation litigation team in the early 1990s, John has represented hundreds of airline accident victims in more than 35 airline disasters, representing clients in virtually every major U.S. airline disaster in the last 20 years…

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About John A. Greaves

Practice Areas

  • Aviation Accidents
  • Complex and Multi-District Litigation
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Wrongful Death Law

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Consulting Counsel


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2001
  • Missouri, 2004
  • Iowa, 1992
  • California, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 2021

Other Affiliations

  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association, The Forum on Air and Space Law, Litigation Section and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (Member)
  • The American Association for Justice (Member)
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association (Member)
  • Air Line Pilots Association (Member)
  • George McBurney Complex Litigation Inn of Court (Member)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Crash, near Carrollton, Georgia, 1995 – Present (Member)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, Singapore Airlines Crash, Taipei, Taiwan, 2000 – Present (Member)
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-1448, American Airlines 587 Crash, Belle Harbor (Queens), New York, 2001 – Present (Member)
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation, 2001 – Present (Member)
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Missouri


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 1992
    J. D. with honors
  • Drake University College of Business and Public Administration, Des Moines, Iowa, 1992
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, 1976
  • Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Multi-Engine Land, with type ratings for the EMB-110, SD-3, SF-340 airliners, 1982

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Delta Theta Phi

Past Positions

  • Comair, Captain
  • Wright Airlines, First Officer
  • Aero-Mech Airlines, First Officer
  • Air Illinois, First Officer
  • VIPilot, Inc., Charter Pilot and Charter Company Operator/President/CEO
  • Air Line Pilots Association, Council 37, Contract Administration Committee Chairman

Classes and Seminars

  • Aviation Litigation Seminar, Aviation and Space Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, 1999
  • Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California, Lorman Education Services, 2002