Areas of Practice
Education
  • University of Minnesota Law School, 1986, J.D., cum laude
  • Northern Illinois University, 1983, B.S., magna cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Virginia
  • Cook County IL Circuit Court
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • US District Court for the Northern District of California
  • US District Court for the District of Colorado
  • US District Court for the District of Columbia
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
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Washington DC 20036
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Dane Jaques, a partner in Steptoe's Washington office, has more than 30 years of experience in energy and transportation law.  As a member of the firm's Energy and Transportation Groups, he focuses his practice on National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident response, pipeline safety, transportation regulation, aviation law, litigation, appeals, and administrative proceedings.  

Mr. Jaques has successfully represented numerous clients in air carrier, general aviation, and pipeline accident investigations conducted by NTSB, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the US Chemical Safety Board, and many foreign accident investigation authorities.  He has also represented aviation companies in tort and business litigation pending in state courts, federal courts, and before the FAA, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), NTSB, and other US administrative agencies.  He regularly conducts corporate investigations and has handled many FAA and TSA enforcement actions against aviation concerns and their employees. 

Mr. Jaques is a former FAR Part 135 Captain and flight instructor with over 3,000 flight hours, and is a frequent speaker on disaster response, NTSB and FAA regulatory matters, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

In addition to providing legal services, Mr. Jaques co-founded and operated several small businesses, including a flight school and an insurance claim service.  He also founded a charity, the Catastrophic Illness Assistance Foundation, and served as its first General Counsel.

While in law school, Mr. Jaques served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Robert Renner at the US District Court for Minnesota.

Representative Matters

  • Colonial Pipeline, Shelby County, Alabama, Pipeline Explosion
  • Southwest Airlines Flight 3472 (Pensacola, FL)
  • Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two Accident (Mojave, CA)
  • National Airlines Flight 102 (Afghanistan)
  • Emirates Airline Flight 609 (Karachi, Pakistan)
  • Reno Air Race (Reno, Nevada)
  • Colonial Pipeline, Centreville, VA Pipeline Accident
  • Puget Sound Energy, Seattle Pipeline Accident
  • NiSource Columbia Gas, Sissonville, WV Pipeline Accident
  • Pacific Gas & Electric, San Bruno, CA Pipeline Accident
  • Pacific Gas & Electric, Rancho Cordova, CA Pipeline Accident
  • TWA Flight 800 (off Long Island, New York)
  • US Airways Flight 1549 (Hudson River)
  • Alaska Airlines Flight 261 (Point Mugu, California)
  • Colgan Air Flight 3407 (Buffalo, New York)
  • US Air Flight 427 (Aliquippa, Pennsylvania)
  • US Air Flight 1016 (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • US Air Flight 405 (LaGuardia, New York)
  • Korean Air Flight 6316 (Shanghai, China)
  • Northwest Airlines Flight 1482 (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Corendon Airlines Flight 773 (Antalya, Turkey)
  • Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Southwest Airlines Flight 345 (LaGuardia, NY)
  • Southwest Airlines Flight 812 (Yuma, AZ)
  • Southwest Airlines Flight 4013 (Branson, MO)
  • United Airlines Flight 232 (Sioux City, Iowa)
  • American Airlines Flight 191 (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Flying Tigers Flight 66 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • Trans States Airlines Flight 8050 (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Trans States Airlines Flight 3363 (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Air Serv International B-1900 (Democratic Republic of Congo)
  • Hendrick G150 (Key West, FL)
  • Blue Hawaiian Helicopters (Molokai, HI)
  • CI Aleknagik, Alaska (Involving Sen. Ted Stevens)

Noteworthy

  • "Leading Lawyer," Legal 500 US, Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Aerospace/Aviation, 2014
  • Chambers USA Nationwide, Transportation: Aviation: Litigation, 2016-2017

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Professional Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Bar Association