Personal injury and wrongful death

Generally, personal injury cases involve bodily injuries or mental injuries caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another person or entity. Similarly, wrongful death cases involve the death of a person due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another person or entity. We have significant experience with both personal injury and wrongful death litigation.

Personal injury and wrongful death cases may arise from various events, such as:

  • Truck and bus accidents, motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, and bicycle accidents
  • Slip-and-falls and trip-and-falls
  • Train accidents
  • Airplane accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective products
  • Bar fights, assaults, batteries
  • Premises liability
  • Explosions and fires


Aviation Litigation

Aviation litigation encompasses various types of legal disputes that relate to the aviation industry. Examples of aviation litigation include:

  • Airplane and helicopter crashes
  • Product liability
  • Airport accidents
  • Airline, pilot, and flight attendant negligence
  • Wrongful removal from an aircraft
  • Racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination
  • Violation of the Air Carrier Access Act
  • Falling luggage
  • In-flight medical emergencies
  • In-flight bodily injuries
  • Sexual assaults
  • Montreal Convention cases
  • Breach of contract (violations of the airline’s “Contract of Carriage”)
  • Extreme turbulence
  • Trip-and-falls and slip-and-falls
  • Commercial disputes
  • Drone/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
  • Class actions


Appellate Litigation

Appellate litigation involves the representation of individuals and other entities before reviewing courts. Appeals often involve complex legal and factual issues. Our attorneys have experience preparing appellate briefs and presenting oral argument before state and federal courts of review on both interlocutory orders and final orders. We have briefed and argued a variety of legal issues on appeal, such as:

  • The mootness doctrine
  • Forum non conveniens
  • The educational malpractice doctrine
  • The enforceability of releases and exculpatory clauses
  • The interpretation of insurance policies
  • The law of the case doctrine
  • Contract disputes
  • Choice of law
  • Spoliation
  • Good faith findings under the Illinois Contribution Act
  • Motions to dismiss and summary judgment rulings
  • Jury verdicts and trial court rulings
  • The one act-one crime doctrine, the reasonable doubt standard, and other criminal law issues

We have significant experience in a broad range of aviation litigation matters.


Commercial Space Law

Commercial space law is an emerging legal field that includes activities such as human spaceflight, satellite launches, and educational and scientific research onboard spacecraft, which are made possible by commercial actors. In the near future, commercial space law will also include mining of precious metals and other resources in space by commercial enterprises.

BartlettChen LLC is focused on providing consulting services to “space flight participants”  — individuals who desire to engage in space travel in the future aboard a commercial spacecraft, such as those operated by SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic.

We are also focused on providing legal assistance to educational institutions and scientists who seek to enter into relationships with commercial entities in order to conduct research in space.


General litigation

In addition to the practice areas discussed above, our attorneys have experience in various other litigation areas, including:

  • Insurance coverage litigation
  • Contract litigation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Professional liability litigation

Please contact us if you have any questions about whether we can assist you with your legal dispute.