Tim McCulloch is co-managing partner of the Phoenix office. and a partner with the Tort & Product Liability, Commercial Litigation, Business Transactions, and Real Estate practice groups. Mr. McCulloch chairs the Aviation practice group.
Mr. McCulloch represents numerous commercial aircraft operators, flight schools, fixed-based operators and airport sponsors. He represents banking institutions seeking to judicially or nonjudicially foreclose upon aircraft loans. He has defended aircraft operators, fixed based operators and airport sponsors against negligence claims. He has first-hand experience with airport land use, Part 16 complaints, permitting, noise, hangar condominium development, environmental, and grant assurance compliance issues and has negotiated through the fence agreements both on behalf of airports and developers. He has litigated disputes between competing fixed-based operators spurred by allegations of procurement code and federal grant assurance violations. He has advocated for aircraft owners in disputes with aircraft manufacturers and aircraft management companies. He also represents commercial aviation interests and is experienced in corporate aircraft ownership, flight-time sharing, and shared-ownership structures as well as aircraft management and leasing structures.
Mr. McCulloch has represented numerous entities and individuals prosecuted by the Federal Aviation Administration, many of which face substantial civil penalties or revocation of all certificates or both. He has an established track record of negotiated settlements with the Federal Aviation Administration which have resulted in substantially lessened penalties from those the agency initially sought. Mr. McCulloch also has experience defending airmen and others from emergency revocation actions.
Additionally, Mr. McCulloch has experience handling collections for a national bank, a large equipment manufacturer, and various commercial entities.
Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. McCulloch was a full-time certified flight instructor specializing in teaching advanced aerobatics. He has flight time teaching in the most advanced aerobatic trainers in the world, including Extra 300’s, Pitts Specials, and Sukhoi’s. With more than 5,500 hours of flight time, he has both a flight instructor credential and a commercial, multi-engine license with instrument.
United States District Court, District of Arizona
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) Board Member
Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association (AOPA) Legal Services Attorneys
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Bar Association Member
International Aerobatic Club (IAC) member and competitor
Arizona Airports Association (AZAA) member
J.D., University of California, Davis, 2004
B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, University of California, Irvine, 2001
While attending law school, Mr. McCulloch interned with the California Department of Transportation, concentrating on airport and aviation law while serving as a legal assistant to the state attorney attending to state aviation matters.
Rising Stars® distinction in Aviation, Business Litigation and Personal Injury Defense (2012 - 2013 Law & Politics)