Charles H. Smith
Related Areas of Practice
Areas of Practice
- LITIGATION. Trial work in civil litigation, primarily tort, commercial and business litigation in state and federal courts. This area of practice encompasses all areas of insurance defense including aviation, products liability, professional malpractice, general liability and casualty. He has a widely diversified experience in air carrier litigation, aviation product manufacturer litigation, aerial applicator/toxic tort litigation, and fixed base operator and aircraft owner/operator litigation. Aviation insurance defense experience includes aviation insurance coverage issues and declaratory judgment litigation. The litigation practice includes appellate work at all levels through the Supreme Court of the United States.
- BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS. These services include organizing and structuring business entities and business transactions, negotiating contracts, negotiating and structuring acquisitions, financing and commercial transactions.
- The transactions practice includes representation of aircraft dealers and brokers, and other general business clients, and involves the acquisition, sale, financing, leasing, management, and operation of transport aircraft and executive jet aircraft; banking transactions involving asset based and floor plan financing for aircraft and inventory; and complex aircraft construction and interior finishing contracts.
Aviation Ratings and Experience
Mr. Smith holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, a Learjet Type Rating, Flight Instructor, Ground Instructor Certificates, and Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic Certificate, is an FAA Accident Prevention Safety Counselor, and is a member of the International Society for Air Safety Investigators, he maintains his currency and regularly attends FlightSafety International Inc.'s recurrent flight training programs.
Commercial Pilot Certificate for Single and Multi-Engine Land Aircraft, Instrument Rating (1968); Learjet Type Rating (1981); and Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (1985).
Cessna Mustang CE510 Single Pilot Type Rating (2008)
Flight Instructor Certificate (1968) for Single and Multi-Engine Land Aircraft and Instrument Rating.
Certified Ground Instructor for Basic, Advanced and Instrument Ground School (1968).
Current Airline Transport Certificate and Flight Instructor Certificate.
Certified Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic (2003).
1976 to 1991 - appointed Accident Prevention Safety Counselor by the Federal Aviation Administration and has spoken at many aviation safety meetings at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration.
International Society for Air Safety Investigators.
FlightSafety International Pilot Initial Training, Learjet Learning Center, Tucson, Arizona (1981).
FlightSafety International Pilot Initial Training, Cessna Mustang, Cessna Learning Center, Wichita Kanasas (2008).
FlightSafety International Pilot Initial Training, Beech Learning Center, Wichita, Kansas (1994); Recurrent Training, Raytheon Learning Center, Wichita, Kansas (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).
FlightSafety International Pilot Initial Training, MU-2, Houston Learning Center, Houston, Texas (2002)
FlightSafety International ProCard (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012).
State Bar of Texas American Bar Association Dallas Bar Association
Tarrant County Bar Association
Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association
International Society of Air Safety Investigators
Texas Association of Defense Counsel
National Business Aviation Association
American Board of Trial Advocates
Advisory Board, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, a publication of Southern Methodist University School of Law
The Wings Club
Admitted to Practice Before
Supreme Court of the United States
Supreme Court of Texas
All Courts of the State of Texas
United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit
Southern Methodist University Bachelor of Business Administration
Southern Methodist University School of Law Juris Doctor
Adjunct Professor Trial Tactics Southern Methodist University School of Law
1991 - 1999
Adjunct Professor Trial Advocacy Southern Methodist University School of Law
Southwestern Law Review, Publications Editor
Barristers Honorary Legal Fraternity
Order of the Coif
Phi Delta Phi