William Angelley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Aviation & Aerospace Attorney in Dallas, TX

Braden, Varner & Angelley, P.C.
 | 2001 North Lamar Street, Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214-740-0212
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Aviation and Aerospace (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

William Angelley is a partner with the Braden, Varner & Angelley, P.C., law firm in Dallas, Texas. Recognized as one of the nation's leading aviation attorneys, Mr. Angelley handles all types of general, commercial and military aviation cases for both plaintiff and defendant clients throughout the country, including Texas, California, New York and Virginia. In addition to aviation law, he also represents business clients with commercial litigation and plaintiff accident victims with their personal injury claims.

Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Angelley was a pilot with the U.S. Navy, acquiring over 1,100 hours of flight time in both airplanes and helicopters, and serving as an aircraft maintenance officer. After leaving the military, he maintained his pilot's license, and he holds a commercial pilot rating.

Sought for his extensive knowledge regarding aviation law, he has appeared as a commentator on a number of television and radio programs, and several news articles cited him. Moreover, he has delivered numerous lectures and published several articles in various legal journals.

A 1988 honors graduate of Texas Tech University, Mr. Angelley attended the University of Texas School of Law and obtained his Juris Doctor in 1997. The State Bar of Texas admitted him to practice that same year, and he holds his license to practice in both California and New York. He is also admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in Texas, the Central District of California, the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

In recognition for his service and professionalism, he has received several awards and honors over the years. He holds a "Superb" rating from Avvo and an AV-Preeminent peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Aviation and Aerospace (50%): Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products (30%)

Business Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Aviation and Aerospace: Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2017

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About William Angelley

Admitted: 1997, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.bvatriallaw.com/william-angelley/

Honors and Awards:

  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 2012
  • Listed as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2011
  • Top 100 Attorneys in Texas, 2015 and 2016
  • Rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5, Martindale Hubbell
  • Listed as one of the Top Lawyers in Texas by Newsweek Magazine, 2012
  • Listed as one of the Top Lawyers in Texas by Newsweek Magazine, December 2010
  • Rated 10.0 Superb by AVVO.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, State Bar of New York
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas
  • Los Angeles
  • Treasurer, Aviation Section, New York City Bar Association
  • Secretary, New York City Bar Association, Aviation Section
  • Member, New York City Bar Association
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, New York and California
  • Member, State Bars of Texas
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • California
  • New York
  • Texas

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Children's Advocacy
  • U.S. Navy League
  • Big Brothers / Big Sisters
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, The Conflicting Roles of the FAA, Trial Magazine, American Association For Justice, 2015
  • Author, Potential Pitfalls in Attorney Internet Advertising, Texas Lawyer, 2014
  • Author, The Stowers Doctrine - A Nash in the Age of Lamborghinis, Texas Lawyer , 2013
  • Author, Certiori Granted in Aviation Pre-Emption Case, Texas Lawyer, 2013
  • Author, A Touch of Grey, Texas Bar Journal, Texas Bar, 2012
  • Author, Dealing With Low Ceilings, Trial Magazine, American Association For Justice, 2012
  • Author, The Need for Mandatory Aviation Insurance, AAJ Section Newsletter, Vol. 15, No. 2, Winter 2008, Aviation Section Of AAJ, 2008
  • Author, Plaintiff Thwarts Cessna’s Preemption Arguments in Monroe v. Cessna, AAJ Aviation Section Newsletter, Vol. 14, No. 2, Winter 2007, Aviation Section Of AAJ, 2007
  • Field Preemption and the Federal Aviation Regulations, SMU Airlaw Symposium, February 2003., National Aviation Litigation Symposium, 2003
  • A discussion of the origin and operation of the September 11, 2001 Victim Compensation Fund., Author, The September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, Texas Bar Journal, January 7, 2002., Texas Bar, 2002
  • Amateur-Built Aircraft Litigation Risky for Plaintiffs Attorneys, Texas Lawyer, Texas Bar
  • Left Behind: How Consumers Became the Biggest Losers of the Chrysler and, Advocate, Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California
  • Speaker, Aviation Product Liability Insurance, Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Conference, June 2001
  • Speaker, Update on the September 11, 2001 Victim Compensation Fund and Related Litigation, Lubbock Bar Association, May 2004
  • Speaker, A Discussion of Monroe v. Cessna Aircraft Company, New York City Bar Association, June 2006
  • Author, Harsh Realities of the State Secrets Privilege, Trial, American Association for Justice, September 2010

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Cited as aviation expert in The Morning Call newspaper article concerning helicopter crash in Pennsylvania., 2012
  • Cited as aviation expert in USA Today article concerning the FAA's mandatory Airworthiness Directive to Airbus providing guidance on resolving defective rudder pedal system., 2012
  • Interviewed as aviation expert on NBC news report regarding FAA's new rules regarding pilot rest.
  • Interviewed as aviation expert on Fox news television report regarding Southwest Airlines treatment of certain passengers.

Educational Background:

  • Texas Tech University, B.A., 1988
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Office Location for William Angelley

2001 North Lamar Street
Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75202

Phone: 214-740-0212


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Last Updated: 4/7/2017

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