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Biography

Christopher J. Jahr is a partner in the Ft. Lauderdale office and represents clients in state and federal court with cases involving aviation, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, breach of contract, premises liability, insurance coverage, interpleader and other matters.

Mr. Jahr is a Board Certified Specialist in Aviation Law.  Board Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of not only specialization within an area of law but also professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.  Only about seven percent (7%) of eligible Florida Bar Members are board certified.  Mr. Jahr also serves on the Aviation Law Committee of The Florida Bar, and he is an active instrument-rated pilot.

Mr. Jahr regularly represents major airlines, aircraft operators, fixed base operators, and aviation product manufactures in litigation and he also works with air carriers and maintenance facilities during NTSB investigations following aircraft accidents.   Mr. Jahr has written and lectured on various aspects of aviation law including: Federal Preemption; Frequently Violated Federal Aviation Regulations – from a Pilot’s Perspective; When Can an Air Carrier Refuse Transport to a Passenger with a Communicable Disease?; The Small Airplane Revitalization Act; and various topics of trial practice.

In his non-aviation work, Mr. Jahr represents both life insurance and liability insurance carriers in coverage and interpleader matters.  He also regularly defends non-aviation clients in premises liability, automobile negligence, and other types of litigation. He has successfully defended businesses and corporate executives against claims of slander, defamation, conversion, tortious interference, and alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Mr. Jahr has worked on appeals to the Florida Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Jahr graduated cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and he received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Tulane University.

Education

  • University of Florida (J.D., cum laude, 2009)
  • Epic Aviation (Private Pilot, Instrument Rating 2005)
  • Tulane University (B.S., magna cum laude, 2004)

Admitted

  • 2009, The Florida Bar
  • 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • 2014, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florid
  • 2012, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • 2011, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Professional Affiliations

  • Aviation Law Committee of The Florida Bar
  • Political Action Committee of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
  • Instrument Rated Pilot
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, Elder, 2012 – 2014
  • Chairman, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale Scholarship Committee, 2013 – 2014

Significant Engagements

  • Incorporating the Latest Preemption Developments into Your Litigation Strategy, and the Continuing Fallout from Daimler AG v. Bauman; American Conference Institute, New York, NY, 2016.
  • Panelist and speaker on various topics of trial practice including how to draft motions in limine, how to draft jury instructions, witness sequestration, and preparing your client and witness for trial, Pincus Professional Education, Circuit Court Boot Camp, 2014 and 2015
  • Big Changes for Small Airplanes: Exploring the Anticipated Impact and Implications of the Small Airplane Revitalization Act, Aviation Law Committee of the Florida Bar, 2014
  • Frequently Violated Federal Aviation Regulations – from a Pilot’s Perspective, Broward College, 2013

Speeches & Publications

  • When Can an Air Carrier Refuse Transport to a Passenger with a Communicable Disease?, Air and Space Law, Young Lawyers Division, (2014)