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Patrick E. Bradley

Patrick E. Bradley



  • Cornell Law School, 1986, J.D.
  • Colgate University, 1981, B.A., cum laude

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey
  • State Supreme Court - New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • State Court of Appeals - New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • State Supreme Court - Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit

As leader of Reed Smith’s Aviation Litigation team, Patrick’s litigation and trial practice focuses on product liability defense of aircraft manufacturers, airlines, aircraft maintenance facilities and pilots in cases arising out of aircraft accidents. Patrick also advises corporate flight departments on regulatory matters and defends pilots in connection with FAA certificate actions.

An experienced trial lawyer with deep aviation industry knowledge, Patrick has a successful track record winning defense verdicts, appellate victories and favorable settlements in high-exposure mass tort, multidistrict and individual product liability litigation, often involving high-profile, catastrophic aviation accidents. He provides sophisticated and effective handling of a wide range of aviation-related product liability matters across the United States, involving such claims as wrongful death, personal injury and property loss/damage as well as the defense of commercial airline clients, on other matters, such as passenger claims.

Named a “leading lawyer” by Legal 500, Patrick is noted as having “a depth of experience handling high-profile, multi-district actions arising from catastrophic aviation accidents.” “Sources laud his ‘first-rate intellect,’ and ‘he is a beautiful writer and very skilled at cross-examining experts,'" according to Chambers USA.

Patrick serves as National Coordinating Counsel and National Trial Counsel to a leading advanced technology general aviation aircraft manufacturer.

In addition, Patrick has significant experience representing automotive, industrial, chemical, medical device, and consumer product manufacturers in litigation arising from claims of negligence or defective products.

Employment History

  • 2004 - Reed Smith
  • 1997 - Herrick, Feinstein LLP, Princeton, N.J. and N.Y.C.
  • 1991 - United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Aviation Litigation Section, Washington, D.C.
  • 1986 - Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens, N.Y.C.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in Chambers USA as one of America's leading lawyers (2014)
  • Named a "Leading Lawyer" by Legal 500 (2014)
  • Named Law 360 MVP (2011)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Aviation Section and Torts and Insurance Practice Section


An active pilot for more than 30 years, Patrick holds a commercial license with instrument and multiengine ratings. He has experience in a wide variety of aircraft, from the advanced technology single-engine piston aircraft that he operates regularly to multiengine jets. He is a former writer and monthly columnist for both FLYING and AOPA PILOT magazines and has published two books on piloting technique. Patrick lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children.