Henry "Hank" Knoblock has a significant trial practice centered on the defense of manufacturers in product liability litigation, with a primary concentration on the aviation industry. He has a track record of success spanning 30 years, defending product liability claims throughout Florida in State and Federal Courts.
Prior to obtaining his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Miami, Hank spent nine years in the U.S. Army attached to the U.S. Secret Service in Washington, D.C., providing bomb disposal protection to the President of the United States and other designated individuals. He received commendations for his service from the Director of the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI and the CIA.
Hank has prevailed in numerous trials and litigation, including cases involving general aviation airplanes and helicopters. He has represented aviation clients in connection with accidents in Italy, Africa, Haiti, the Bahamas, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean islands and throughout the United States. The laws of many countries and treaties were involved in these matters, requiring the retention of and evaluation by global experts.
In Hank's representation of aviation companies, he is highly focused on determining the cause of an accident and evaluating potential financial exposure to develop the most effective defense strategy. He has been to airplane crash sites throughout the world, often under challenging circumstances, to examine wreckage and gain a first-hand perspective of terrain, weather conditions and other factors involved. He also frequently visits aviation manufacturing plants to better understand how his clients’ products are built and operated.
Hank has represented most of the American general aviation airframe and engine manufacturers in air crash litigation, as well as major commercial airframe manufacturers in commercial carrier accident litigation arising from accidents within the United States and abroad. He also has represented a foreign government in litigation involving aircraft designed and manufactured by the government.
His experience includes the representation of fixed-based operators in litigation arising from their maintenance of various aircraft and helicopters, as well as airports in litigation involving aircraft accidents, passenger claims and property damage. In addition, he has represented major corporations in litigation arising out of the operation and maintenance of their corporate aircraft.
Hank has also handled numerous matters for a major manufacturer of aerial lift devices and cranes used in the electrical industry. These have involved severe electrical contact accidents resulting in multiple amputations and death, as well as equipment malfunctions, tip-overs and other construction accidents resulting in severe injuries and death.
He has represented a chemical manufacturer and distributor in litigation involving severe injuries and death from chemical exposure and transport accidents and spills. In addition, Hank has litigated several product defect claims in Florida courts arising from auto accidents involving ejections, crush and burn injuries, and death.
Representative Legal Matters
- Milan, Italy, air disaster involving 110 deaths
- MD-88 crash in Columbia, S.A., involving 154 deaths
- Air France crash into the ocean, killing all on board
- Payne Stewart air crash litigation
- Sherpa C23 crash and the deaths of 23 soldiers
- Valujet crash in the Everglades
- Commuter airline crash in the Everglades
- Air Haiti crash of an Australian GAF
- Take-off crash of a corporate aircraft in Guatemala
- Delta 191 crash of a Lockheed 1011 in Dallas, Texas
- Lockheed C-130 crash at Kelley Air Force Base, Texas
Professional Associations and Memberships
- International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
- Instructor, IADC Trial Academy at Stanford University, 2006