• Wayne State University School of Law, Detroit, MI, J.D., 1994
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, B.B.A., 1991, magna cum laude
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John D. McClune has substantial experience as a litigation attorney and appellate lawyer nationwide.  John is currently litigating complex labor and pension benefit cases, including recent opioid multidistrict litigation involving various union groups, health funds and pension funds.  John also has litigated various high profile, mass disaster aircraft crash cases across the country and abroad, propane gas explosion cases, and other significant catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.  John has substantial product liability litigation experience nationwide.  Prior to joining the firm, John had a significant impact on highly technical legal issues involving multidistrict aviation litigation, including the legal arguments advanced in the air disasters of TWA Flight 800, Comair Flight 3272, US Air Flight 427, United Airlines Flight 585, and in In re Air Crash at Lexington, Kentucky, on August 27, 2006, In re Air Crash Disaster Near Roselawn, Indiana, on October 31, 1994, In re Air Crash at Agana, Guam, on August 6, 1997, to name a few.

In conjunction with his practice, John lectures across the country on current legal issues in aviation law for prestigious organizations such as the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. He has been published in SMU’s Journal of Air Law and Commerce, and has authored various articles on aviation issues, jurisdiction, The General Aviation Revitalization Act, the Warsaw Convention, Montreal Convention, and IATA Intercarrier Agreements, which have been published throughout the country.  John has also authored amicus curiae appellate briefs pro bono, and provides research and briefing services to other lawyers in cases involving very complex legal issues.

Notable Decisions

  • Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive Corporation, 822 F.3d 680 (3d Cir.), cert den. AVCO Corp. v. Sikkelee, 137 S.Ct. 495 (2016)
  • Avco Corp. v. Neff, 30 So. 3d 597, 602 (Fla. 1st Dist. App. 2010)
  • Faulkner v. National Geographic Enterprises Inc., 409 F.3d 26 (2nd Cir. 2005)
  • Hinkle v. Cessna Aircraft Co., 247099, 2004 WL 2413768 (Mich. App. Oct. 28, 2004), cert den. 703 N.W.2d 809 (2005)
  • Old Republic Insurance Co. v. Durango Air Service, Inc., 283 F.3d 1222 (10th Cir. 2002)
  • In re Air Crash Off Long Island, New York, 209 F.3d 200, 201 (2d Cir. 2000)
  • Bryant v. Ferrellgas, 5:07-cv-10447-JCO-MKM, United States District Court, E.D. Mich. (April 17, 2008)
  • In re Aircrash Disaster near Monroe, 20 F. Supp. 2d 1110 (E.D. Mich. 1998)
  • Wright v. Bond-Air, Ltd., 930 F. Supp. 300 (E.D. Mich. 1996)

News & Insights 

  • There Is No Complete, Implied, or Field Federal Preemption of State Law Personal Injury/Wrongful Death Negligence or Product Liability Claims in General Aviation Cases,” Journal of Air Law & Commerce, December 2006 (cited as authority by two federal courts and other aviation lawyers)
  • “Quit Blaming the Pilot! Take a Closer Look at the MU-2 Series Aircraft,” Innermarker, State Bar of Michigan, Aviation Section, September 2007
  • “General Aviation Aircraft, Pilots and Owners Beware: The Real Problem and Effects of Lack of Adequate Insurance in General Aviation,” Innermarker, State Bar of Michigan, Aviation Section, September 2007
  • “Have the 1996 IATA Intercarrier Agreements of Montreal Convention of 1999, Coupled with the Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision of El Al Israel Airlines, Ltd. v. Tseng, 525 U.S. 155 (1999), Finally Turned the Warsaw into an Ally of Airlines Passengers Traveling Abroad?,” Innermarker, State Bar of Michigan, Aviation Section, March 2001
  • “GARA Equals ' Shield,' Not 'Sword' - A Plaintiff’s Perspective,” The Air and Space Lawyer, American Bar Association, Vol. II, No. 4 (1997) (co-authored with Richard F. Schaden)
  • “Preparation For A General Aviation Product Liability Action; A Plaintiff’s Perspective,” Litigating The Aviation Case, American Bar Association (co-authored with David. I. Katzman)


  • Top 100 Civil Trial Lawyers in the U.S., National Trial Lawyers Association (2015-2017)

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association (former member)
  • National Trial Lawyers Association (former member)