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Diane Westwood Wilson

885 Third Avenue
Sixteenth Floor
New York, New York 10022
Phone:  212.430.8049
Mobile Phone:  347.302.5779
Fax:  212.430.8069
545 Long Wharf Drive
Ninth Floor
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
One Riverfront Plaza
1037 Raymond Boulevard
Sixteenth Floor
Newark, New Jersey 07102


Ms. Wilson has a commercial litigation practice, representing clients internationally and throughout the United States, with particular experience in the aerospace, aviation and insurance industries. She has over 30 years of complex, multijurisdictional and arbitration experience.

Among other significant matters, Ms. Wilson represented EL AL Israel Airlines, Ltd., in the landmark United States Supreme Court multilateral treaty case establishing that the Montreal Convention is the exclusive cause of action, barring recovery under any other alternative theory of liability. In addition to arguing the case before the US Supreme Court, Ms. Wilson tried the case in the Southern District of New York and argued the appeal in the 2nd Circuit. (EL AL Israel Airlines v. Tseng) She also represented the airline defendants in the Chan v. Korean Air and Olympic Airways v. Hussain, Supreme Court cases, and has been involved in numerous other petitions to the Supreme Court.

Ms. Wilson provides strategic counseling and representation to a wide variety of airlines, airports and manufacturers in the aerospace and other industries in state and federal courts, as well as assisting them in long-term strategic business decisions.

Representative Experience

  • Air Century Flight CEY521
  • Air India Express Flight 812 at Mangalore
  • Continental Airlines Flight 128 Severe Turbulence
  • Tropic Air Flight 9N2300 (Belize)
  • In re Deep Vein Thrombosis Litigation
  • Astrium v. Dutch Space satellite litigation
  • Swissair Flight 111 Crash
  • TAM Airlines Flight 402 at Sao Paulo
  • Enforcement of arbitration clause in Travelport Nigeria contract
  • Enforcement of UK default foreign money judgment by New York Court of Appeals
  • Euro USA Trading US $9 million+ judgment enforcing exclusive trademark licensing agreement
  • British Airways Flight 149 during Invasion of Kuwait
  • American Eagle Flight 4184 near Roselawn, Indiana
  • Korean Airlines 007 Shoot Down by Soviet Union
  • Arrow Air Disaster at Gander, Newfoundland
  • Japan Air Lines Mount Gumna Crash
  • TWA Flight 800
  • Liability Counsel for JFK IAT Terminal 4 construction and operations
  • British Airways Holidays Bus Crash near Kent, United Kingdom
  • Mercury Bay Boating Club Challenge for the America's Cup
  • ICC arbitration joint venture dispute between United Kingdom and German conglomerates
  • MGM Retroactive Insurance Litigation

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, AViCON, Aviation Insurance Conference, 2012 - 2017

Published Works

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, New York, New York, 2017 - Present
  • Dentons US, LLP / McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP, New York, New York, 2014 - 2017
  • Clyde & Co., New York, New York, 2006 - 2014
  • Condon & Forsyth, LLP, New York, New York, 1983 - 2006

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Aviation Insurance Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Council
  • International Aviation Womens Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • New York Bar Association
  • Women in Aerospace
  • APIW
  • Who's Who Legal & Supreme Court Member


  • Nominated for Women in Business Law, Aviation - Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas
  • Top Women Attorneys - New York Metro Super Lawyers Magazine and New York Times Supplement, 2013 - 2017
  • World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers (Euromoney Publications)
  • New York Super Lawyers, Manhattan edition—the only female lawyer recognized in aviation and aerospace for multiple years
  • Chambers USA nationally ranked in Aviation Litigation
  • The International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers
  • World's Leading Women in Business Law
  • Top Women, Super Lawyers magazine

Related Industries


  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 1983
  • B.A., Art History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1983
  • New York, 1984
  • New Jersey, 2018

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court