With more than 30 years of experience in trial and appeals, John Nettels focuses his practice on complex business, commercial and products liability cases. He has specific experience in representing aviation and aerospace companies, as well as their insurers. He is also a current member of the Aviation Insurance Association.
Within the aviation sector, John is experienced in both federal and state courts and has counseled clients in class actions, multi-party accident suits and multi-district proceedings. Additionally, he has defended various aircraft manufacturers in a range of matters including jury cases, contract issues and product liability cases. John is a published author on aviation topics including federal preemption and the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA).
- University of Kansas School of Law, 1985 (J.D.)
- University of Kansas, 1979 (B.A.), Summerfield Scholar
- Missouri, 2010
- Kansas, 1985
- U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- Successfully defended to jury verdict a products liability case against aircraft manufacturer in Nebraska State Court.
- Liaison counsel defending an aircraft manufacturer in MDL involving 19 products liability cases arising from accidents in the U.S., South America, and Russia.
- Lead trial and appellate counsel defending an aircraft manufacturer in products liability case establishing Tenth Circuit precedent on forum non conveniens dismissals.
- Trial and appellate counsel defending an aircraft manufacturer in monopolization and tying claims arising from manufacturer’s policy on servicing modified business jets.
- Trial counsel defending an aircraft manufacturer in complex contract action, establishing precedent for enforceability of liquidated damages clauses in purchase contract.
- Appellate counsel defending an electric utility in multiple death industrial accident, establishing Kansas precedent on statutory employer defense.
- Counsel defending class action asserting that an electric utility’s transmission lines trespassed on 43-mile corridor of abandoned railroad property.
- Best Lawyers in America, 2024
- Aviation Insurance Association
- Kansas Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Kansas Bar Association, Litigation Section
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
- Johnson County (Kansas) Bar Association
- Wichita Bar Association, Litigation Section
- Defense Research Institute
- University of Kansas School of Law, Board of Governors