Robert Hedrick

Adjunct Professor


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090

Robert F. Hedrick
Aviation Law Group PS
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3000
Seattle, Washington 98101


B.S. in Aeronautical Studies, University of North Dakota, 1982
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1988
LL.M. International Aviation and Space Law, high honors, McGill University, 1996


Aviation Law


Robert teaches Aviation Law. He is an attorney with Aviation Law Group PS in Seattle, Washington, where he handles U.S. and international aviation accidents, representing victims and their families. Robert’s cases range from large air carrier disasters to general aviation accidents. He has spent 30 years litigating and trying cases before U.S. juries. In addition to a law degree, Robert has a B.S. in Aeronautics and an LL.M. from the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University. Robert is a multi-engine rated commercial pilot, flight instructor, and is a certified airframe and power plant mechanic. He is admitted to practice law in federal and state courts throughout the west coast of the U.S., including Washington, California, Alaska and Hawaii. Robert is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.


From History's Greatest Trial: The Cross Examination Of Hermann Goering, Presentations before various audiences in Idaho, Minnesota, and numerous law schools in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.

Aviation Accident Law, Three Credit Law School Course, Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law (1999-Present)

Published Articles

Law Review

Recoverable Compensatory Damages Under IIA and the Implementing Agreements - A Critical Legal Analysis from a U.S. Trial Lawyer, 22-I Annals of Air & Space Law 153.
A Close and Critical Analysis of the New General Aviation Revitalization Act 62 SMU Journal of Air Law & Commerce 385 (1997).
The New Intercarrier Agreement on Passenger Liability: Is it a Wrong Step in the Right Direction? 21-II Annals of Air & Space Law 135 (1997).
The New Single Process Initiative-Does It Threaten to Erode the Boyle Military Contractor Defense? 24 Transportation Law Journal 129 (University of Denver) (1997).
Bogus Aircraft Parts: Legal Problems and Considerations in Anticipation of Aircraft Accident Litigation, 21-I Annals of Air & Space Law 105 (1996).

Bar Journal

Helicopters and Logging: A Dangerous Mix, King County Bar Bulletin, (July, 2004)
Alaska Airlines: Investigation Update - The Causal Mystery, Washington State Bar News, (February, 2001)
The Death On The High Seas Act Conundrum, Washington State Bar News, (June, 2000)
Aviation Law and Flight 261: A Few Thoughts on What's to Come, Cover Article, Washington State Bar Magazine, (April, 2000)
Congress Acts To Preclude DOHSA Application To Aircraft Accidents, The Air and Space Lawyer, v.12 no.3 (Winter, 1998), ABA Forum On Air And Space Law.
Can I Interest You In Some Bogus Aircraft Parts? Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association Journal (Winter, 1998).
Surplus Military Aircraft and Parts: Are They Afforded GARA Protection? The Air and Space Lawyer, v.13 no.1 (Summer, 1998), ABA Forum On Air And Space Law.
Three Up: Three Down: The General Aviation Revitalization Act is Pitching a No Hitter 15:17 Lloyd's Aviation Law (15 May 1996).


Northern Pilot Magazine, Aviation Law Columnist.(2000-2003)
NTSB Bar Newsletter, Author and Editor-in Chief, (1998-2001).