Charles R. Morgenstein elected President of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association

Florida Board Certified Aviation Attorney Charles R. "Charlie" Morgenstein of Mmo Legal Services, LLC in Boca Raton, Palm Beach was elected President of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association for the 60th Anniversary of the Organization.
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BOCA RATON, Fla. - Aug. 1, 2018 - PRLog -- Charles R. "Charlie" Morgenstein, a Board Certified Aviation Attorney from Boca Raton, Florida, took the reins of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association from Past President Lloyd Kirshbaum of Los Angeles, California, at the conclusion of a gala banquet ceremony at The Landing Resort here in Lake Tahoe. After many years of membership, the 62 year-old Morgenstein served two years as Secretary, and one year as President-Elect before taking on the office of President. Mr. Morgenstein has practiced aviation law since 1980, and has done so exclusively since 2004. He is an instrument-rated private pilot with over 1,000 hours of logged flight. For ten years, he was also part owner in a PIper PA-32R-300 "Lance" aircraft. Morgenstein has represented pilots and aircraft owners with aircraft ranging from small, homebuilt experimental aircraft, to large Boeing and Airbus commercial airliners. He has represented airport authorities and airport tenants.  Flight Schools, Maintenance and Repair Operations, Fixed Base Operators, Certified Repair Stations and other businesses have turned to him for his expert advice over the last few decades, including numerous business jet buyers and sellers from the entertainment, sports and financial industries. He does business under the name Mmo Legal Services, LLC, as a nod to those jet pilots who understand that Mmo stands for "Mach, maximum operating" -- the fastest speed at which a certified aircraft is legally allowed to fly. Clients want their attorneys to move fast. The name of his firm is Morgenstein's commitment to moving his clients' matters at the fastest speed that is lawful for the circumstances.

2019 is the 60th anniversary of the organization of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association which was founded by aviation luminaries who were intent upon having a Bar Association that was different from most others. In 1959, a bunch of attorneys who were also pilots and who flew their own aircraft banded together to share their love for flight and their knowledge of the law pertaining to all aspects of the aviation environment. By keeping the focus on the love of aviation, the Bar Association quickly attracted members from all aspects of the flying community: the Plaintiff's personal injury Bar, the insurance defense Bar, the Judiciary, Government and Administrative attorneys, real estate attorneys, probate attorneys, and a whole panoply of individuals who came to their love of aviation through very different legal backgrounds. Although they may be fierce adversaries in the courtroom, these attorneys bonded and have made deep and long-lasting friendships with each other through their common love of aviation.  Not only has this increased the ability of attorneys on different sides of a matter to speak to one another, it has often benefited the clients on both sides because the lawyers have developed trust for one another, sometimes over decades.

The traditions have continued on to this day, with the very best in Continuing Legal Education (here in Lake Tahoe, the Honorable Robert Sumwalt, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, stayed the entire time, making renewing acquaintances and making new friends, even after delivering his presentation). The membership was regaled by tails from long-term member Justine Harrison of her trip around Southern Africa in a Cessna 182. Not only did she share the differences in aviation regulations and pilot technique among the various countries in Southern Africa (and their differences from US regulations), but also advised them of the different methods of operating when you are in an environment where you are NOT at the top of the food chain. It means something completely different to "deplane" from an aircraft when you are considered "prey" by the local inhabitants!)

But CLE doesn't begin to scratch the surface of what LPBA is about. Friends from all over the country and the World (our distance award went once more to Spencer Ferrier who attends regularly from Sydney Australia). Smoke from the California wild fires forced the cancellation of the traditional "spot landing demonstration". But new members, Scott and Pam Tish (both first year law students) stepped up and made the Airbus Medevac Helicopter that Scott manages (part of a fleet of Medevac aircraft under his supervision) available for inspection as soon as it returned from an actual life-saving mission.

Cliff diving, hiking, boating and sunbathing, along with communal meals around the South Lake Tahoe area rounded out the LPBA event. The participants left Lake Tahoe looking forward to the next Winter conference when they could all "Go Loco in Cocoa" next March 6 - 10 in Cocoa Beach and Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Charlie Morgenstein's term as President will expire at the conclusion of the Summer 2019 meeting of LPBA at the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other exciting venues, Cleveland and Kent Ohio.

Charles R. "Charlie" Morgenstein
Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Aviation Law

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