We have broad experience litigating and arbitrating all aspects of satellite disputes, including emanating from satellite design and development, the satellite manufacturing process, and satellite launch and operations. We also have broad experience arbitrating disputes between satellite owners and lessees. We are intimately familiar with the typical terms and provisions of complex contracts that drive these activities and from which many legal disputes arise.
Many disputes involve claims of patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. These often involve complex technology. No technology is too complicated for our lawyers. Over 130 of our lawyers have engineering or hard science degrees. A number of our lawyers have degrees in aerospace engineering and are active members of technical professional organizations, such as the IEEE and the AIAA. One of our lawyers was an operations analyst for Rockwell International, responsible for the design of fuel consumption algorithms for the airborne laser, while another worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the design, development and operation of spacecraft systems—including the Galileo Mission to Jupiter, the Mars Pathfinder Mission, and joint development work with Russian and German space programs. Another one of our lawyers, a former Air Force Officer, worked with the Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) program on long range design and planning issues.
We have worked with all types of highly technical documents generated by the satellite/aerospace industry, including technical specifications and requirements, preliminary and critical design reviews, integration and test plans, space qualification documents, material review board minutes and documentation, non-conformance reports related to the manufacturing process, discrepancy review board minutes and documents, action items and closure documentation, documentation related to satellite performance (e.g. satellite telemetry data) and documentation generated in anomaly investigations.