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.

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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, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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

Background and Education

  • 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


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