My experience as an aircraft mechanic — including my understanding of human factors, safety, troubleshooting, systems integration, and cascading failures — uniquely positions me to successfully litigate highly technical products liability matters. Over the last 20 years, I have litigated complex products cases for all types of manufacturers from motorcycles to next-generation military aircraft. Clients rely on me to cut through the clutter to secure early dismissals when possible, negotiate prompt resolutions when appropriate, and win their most critical cases on the merits.
Brian LeCompte is the Chair of the firm’s Aviation and Aerospace group and has litigated a wide range of aviation, products liability, and maritime cases throughout Louisiana, the continental United States, and Hawaii. He successfully defends fixed-wing, rotorcraft, and tilt-rotor aircraft cases. His corporate defense clients include some of the largest aircraft, aerospace, and automotive manufacturers in the world.
In addition to aviation and products liability, Brian defends clients in a wide range of general litigation and liability matters, including:
- Toxic tort
- Medical malpractice
- Commercial and Government Contracts
- Premises liability
Before becoming a lawyer, Brian served for six years as Crew Chief on F-15 Eagles in the 159th Fighter Wing of the Louisiana National Guard where he was responsible for all aspects of his aircraft’s maintenance, safety, and airworthiness. This experience, coupled with more than 20 years of litigating commercial, military, and general aviation cases, gives Brian unique insight into the business and legal challenges faced by his clients.
As Chair of the firm’s Aviation and Aerospace group, Brian coordinates a wide range of litigation involving all types of aircraft (fixed-wing, rotary, tilt rotor, hot air balloons), airports (commercial and private), fixed base operators, commercial air carriers, and insurers. With in-depth knowledge of the mechanical, technical, and engineering issues underlying aircraft mishaps and incident lawsuits, Brian and his team defend aviation clients all over the continental United States and Hawaii.
Brian has represented vessel owners, rig owners, property owners, logistics companies, maritime suppliers, oil and gas companies, drilling contractors, government contractors, and brokers. As a member of the Louisiana maritime litigation and trial law team, he has handled various matters including:
- Defense and Indemnity
- Jones Act
- Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
- Death on the High Seas Act
- Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
- Maritime collisions and fires
- Personal injury and wrongful death
- Product liability claims
- Ship and barge property damage