FAA Certificate Action and Civil Penalty Lawyers
FAA Certificate Action and Civil Penalty Lawyers

FAA Enforcement Action Attorneys

Expertise born from aviation experience


At the law firm of Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC we are all about building relationships. Due to our founding partner's extensive specialized aviation experience, working for the FAA, practicing law, and teaching aviation law at several universities, we have intimate knowledge of your situation. Over the years we have taught thousands of pilots about the FAA's enforcement action process. We have a track record or reliability and success.

Only a small percentage of attorneys achieve the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell AV rating. Our law firm is rated AV by this Rating System. In addition, Michael Pearson has received a "10" rating by AVVO.

Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC is also listed in the Aviation Section of the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. The Bar Register includes only those select law practices that have earned the highest AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory and that have been designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their field.

We're different.

Our law office understands that when people hire an attorney, they are often experiencing very stressful situations. These people need someone who cares about them. Curry, Pearson and Wooten, PLC makes sure our clients not only receive high-quality legal services, but also the support and resources they deserve.


When you face real problems, you need reliable solutions. Our practice includes defending airmen and entities regarding FAA certificate and civil penalty cases and medical certificate petitions. Representation starts at the FAA inspector level through the administrative appeal process, including any appeal to the full NTSB as well as the US District or Circuit Court of Appeals. We handle cases nationwide, in every jurisdiction.


Dealing with an FAA legal enforcement action is overwhelming, to say the least. You can experience uncertainty and anxiety due to your situation and your future. The FAA is trying to take away your ability to fly or operate your business. It takes more than knowing the law. You need a firm that has special knowledge, formed after decades of working for the FAA, about the way this large powerful government agency actually operates.


You came to the right place. For important information, you need to know, get our booklet now.

When The FAA Investigates You, Version 2
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Attorney Michael Pearson worked as an air traffic controller, in several of the FAA's busiest facilities, for over 26 years. In addition, he was a quality assurance specialist (responsible for processing enforcement action and accident cases) at one of the FAA's busiest radar approach control facilities. He has practiced trial law for over 20 years, has the highest performance and ethical ratings by the premier legal rating service, and is the author of the college textbook "Foundations of Aviation Law."

What we do

It may seem like a simple concept yet few lawyers, or law firms, operate they way we do. Limiting the number of cases we accept allows us to strive for exceptional results on behalf of our clients.


We know that you are going through a difficult time in your life, and we will be with you every step of the way. Our law firm wants to see you move forward with your life and career. We do not want you to be hindered by a poor outcome to your FAA enforcement action case. One thing you do need to know: while we handle enforcement action cases nationwide we turn down as many cases as we accept. If that happens to you, it is not a judgment or a reflection on you. It is simply this: We are a specialized boutique law firm—and we choose to keep it that way. We have no desire to churn out cases in large numbers. Each and every client we accept receives individualized custom attention designed to meet their legal needs. This is the only way to reliably achieve your ultimate goal. Since we choose to remain relatively small we work with only a limited number of clients and offer one-on-one personal service. 

Our goal is simple. To protect your certificate and livelihood.

For answers to your questions and to speak directly with an experienced FAA enforcement action attorney, with an unparalleled background, contact us today by calling 602.258.1000 or toll free at 1.877.7FAADEFENSE (877.732.2333).


When you are one of our clients, you can talk directly with an attorney instead of being passed on to a staff member. Our attorneys take on only a limited number of cases, so if we agree to help you, you can rest assured that you will get outstanding, focused representation as well as personal attention.

Small sample of the types of aviation cases we handle:

FAA legal enforcement action (certificate action) cases against airman

Airman medical cases

• Helicopter accidents

• Airplane accidents

• Certificate action cases against business, airports, and individuals

NEXT STEP? Hire an experienced aviation lawyer.

Did you ever think that you would be in a situation where you were looking for an experienced aviation lawyer to handle your FAA enforcement action case? If you are like most people, the answer is “no.” Making the decision about which aviation law firm to hire is not one that should be taken lightly.


The person you choose can be the difference in the outcome of your case. The FAA is trying to suspend or revoke your certificate and therefore your ability to operate. If you are looking for an experienced aviation lawyer that has intimate knowledge of how the FAA operates then you’re in the right place. We handle cases nationwide and are licensed to practice enforcement cases in all areas of the country.


At the law firm of Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC we understand that finding a lawyer is not easy. Therefore, we have compiled a list of questions you should ask any aviation attorney you are thinking of hiring.


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Contact Us

Curry,Pearson & Wooten

814 W Roosevelt St

Phoenix, AZ 85007


Phone: 602.258.1000

Toll Free: 877.732.2333

Fax: 602.523.9000

EM: manager@azlaw.com


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Free Book Download!!!

When The FAA Investigates You
Basic information regarding civil penalty and certificate action cases.
When_the_FAA_Investigates_You 2014.pdf
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Aviation Law Textbook

Written by Michael Pearson and designed for both students and aviation law practitioners who need a basic guidebook in this unique area of law.


Foundations of Aviation Law is an excellent broad based primer on Aviation law. It is both substantive and instructive for an aviation specialist and any practitioner facing issues related to Aviation law. An excellent resource tool.”


*Patrick J. McGroder III


*Pat is a Fellow and Past President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers.  Pat was named by Best Lawyers in America  as 2015 “Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year” and has been selected as one of the 10 Best Lawyers in Arizona by the AZ Business Journal.  Since 2008, he has been selected by Lawdragon as one of the 500 best lawyers in America.   


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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (MT)


Arizona does not observe daylight saving time.

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