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Charles (Tim) McCoy

Hon. Charles (Tim) W. McCoy, Jr. (Ret.)

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Hon. Charles “Tim” W. McCoy (Ret.) has handled many general, commercial and military aviation-related cases. He brings many years of diverse litigation experience in complex cases, first as a lawyer and then for 20 years as a judge. Judge McCoy’s recognized leadership skills, coupled with his personal civility and proven mediation expertise, greatly enhance the likelihood of settlement in even the most difficult cases.

Representative Matters

The aviation industry has turned to Judge McCoy for its ADR needs in a wide range of matters including:

  • Commercial and general aviation aircraft accident cases involving personal injury/death of passengers and crew
  • Property damage cases – both airframe damage and ground structure damage – arising from aviation incidents and accidents 
  • Military flight incidents and accidents 
  • Products liability cases, design and manufacturing – including avionics and engine component parts (turbojet and internal combustion engines) 
  • Sales, marketing and competition cases in the aviation component parts business sector 
  • Faulty maintenance cases involving in-flight incidents and commercial business interruption claims 
  • FBO operational incidents 
  • Pilot error 
  • Insurance claims and insurance-related issues arising in a broad spectrum of commercial and general aviation contexts

As a practicing lawyer, before becoming a judge, Judge McCoy represented a variety of clients in the aviation and aerospace industries, including major manufacturers, retailers and servicers of military and general aviation aircraft. His work included matters relating to competition and contracting in both commercial and military aircraft. His practice experience ranged from private jets, to military jet fighters and long-range bomber programs, to intercontinental ballistic missiles programs and cruise missiles. His cases included competition and contracting issues among manufacturers and with governmental agencies, including responding to government contracts investigations.

  • Honors
    • Outstanding Jurist Award, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2011
    • Emil Gumpert Award for Outstanding Jurist in the Field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Center for Civic Mediation, Los Angeles, 2010
    • Golden Mike Freedom of Information Award, Radio and Television News Association of Los Angeles, 2011
    • Hon. Tom C. Clark Award, National Conference of Metropolitan Courts, 2010
    • Pearl F. Vogel President’s Award, Valley Community Legal Foundation, 2010
    • Person of the Year Award, Los Angeles Metropolitan News, 2009
    • Trial Judge of the Year Award, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2008
  • Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, 1993-2013
    • Presiding Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2009 and 2010
    • Assistant Presiding Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2007 and 2008
    • Supervising Judge of all Civil Trial Courts, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2005 and 2006
    • Supervising Judge of the Complex Litigation Courts of Los Angeles, 2004 and 2005 (Founding Bench Officer and Trial Judge of the Complex Courts, 2000-2005)
    • Mandatory Settlement Conference Judge, 2013
    • Supervising Judge, Juvenile Delinquency Courts, East District, 2011 and 2012

Counsel Comments

    • “McCoy settled a case that he never thought would settle. They were ready to go to trial. What made the difference is Judge McCoy's follow up with the parties. He worked nights and weekends and called him at 9:00 pm on a Saturday. I really appreciated the follow-up....”
    • “McCoy's follow up was excellent and that is what helped settle the matter because parties were really far apart...”
    • “Can't say enough about him. What makes him stand out is his work ethic and he will definitely use him again....”
    • "I love Judge McCoy. Our same parties were before Judge McCoy for his last case in court and he settled that matter so our expectations were high and he met them....”
    • "We would definitely recommend Judge McCoy’s services. We would also use him again. He clearly understood the case and was able to communicate those issues accurately and fairly. We and our clients are happy with the results of our mediation."
    • “McCoy is a quick study, he understands business issues beautifully. He understood it whether intuitively or by asking questions. He shuttled diplomacy during the entire process, a choice that worked really well. Our client was from Virginia and the judge did a spiel about how he presided over one of the biggest superior courts in the country with over 450 judges. I asked if the judge's spiel helped and the client said it absolutely helped. The client didn’t know McCoy and doesn't really understand Cali culture so he said that it helped him a lot.”
    • “McCoy was great and did a fantastic job. This was set in a very short time and the judge prepared over the weekend to have a mediation on Martin Luther King Day. He came very prepared and he was a big component in getting this matter settled. Will absolutely use him again."
    • “We found Judge McCoy to be thoughtful, well prepared, fair, and easy to work with.”
    • "He was a quick study, grasped the business and legal points and reached a resolution of a company matter.”

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