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Douglas H. Amster

One Riverfront Plaza
1037 Raymond Boulevard
Sixteenth Floor
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Phone:  973.491.3372
Fax:  973.491.3469


Mr. Amster focuses his practice on aviation tort defense on behalf of domestic commercial airlines, which includes the defense of a non-carrier airline in the 9/11 litigation, and the defense of post-9/11 passenger removal/racial profiling cases.  He also represents the owners and operators of private aircraft as well as entities that maintain and repair aircraft.  Mr. Amster’s general aviation experience includes accidents and investigations involving Gulfstream, Bombardier, Cessna, Piper, Mooney and Beechcraft fixed-wing aircraft, as well as Sikorsky and Schweizer rotorcraft.

Mr. Amster also has substantial experience in many areas of commercial and personal injury litigation, including products liability, contract disputes, fraud claims, securities fraud litigation, medical malpractice and legal malpractice claims, and resolving Medicare reimbursement disputes.

Effective January 1, 2015, Mr. Amster was appointed as a Trustee of the New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. The Fund is an entity of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and it was established in 1969 to reimburse clients who have suffered a loss due to the dishonest conduct of a member of the New Jersey Bar.

Published Works

  • Co-Author, "#Litigation - Tags in the Courtroom," The Brief, Winter 2015
  • "The Legal Consequences of Undisclosed Medical Conditions on Aircraft Operator Liability," Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Spring 2012
  • Co-author, "Undisclosed Medical Conditions in the International Aviation Community: The Risks of Medical Certification Systems Based Upon Voluntary Self-Disclosure," Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, the Journal of the International Aviation Law Institute, Autumn 2012
  • "Instilling And Maintaining Public Confidence In The Legal Profession," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, July 2006

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Newark, New Jersey, December 2007-Present
  • Seiden Wayne, Newark, New Jersey, 1992-2007 (merged with LeClairRyan)
  • Cuyler Burk & Matthews, Florham Park, New Jersey, 1990-1992
  • Carpenter Bennett & Morrissey, Newark, New Jersey, 1987-1990
  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1986-1987

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Trustee, The New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Morris County Bar Association
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association
  • New Jersey Defense Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of New Jersey
  • District V-A Ethics Committee: Former Chair
  • Columbia Law School New Jersey Alumni Association: Former President

Related Industries


  • J.D., Columbia School of Law, 1986
  • B.A., Economics, Trinity College, 1982
  • Phillips Academy, 1978

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey