Dickinson Wright PLLC
Timothy McCulloch focuses his practice in business and commercial litigation with particular emphasis on the aviation industry. He represents numerous commercial aircraft operators, flight schools, fixed-based operators and airport sponsors. Mr. McCulloch represents banking institutions seeking to judicially or non-judicially foreclose upon aircraft loans. He has defended aircraft operators, fixed-based operators and airport sponsors against negligence claims, and has first-hand experience with airport land use, Part 16 complaints, permitting, noise, hangar condominium development, environmental, and grant assurance compliance issues.
Mr. McCulloch has substantial experience with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS). He has negotiated Letters of Agreement (LOA) for near airport operations and consulted with UAV and UAS operators in obtaining Section 333 waivers, COA's, and SAC's as well as FAA regulatory compliance.
Mr. McCulloch has negotiated through-the-fence agreements on behalf of both airports and developers. He has litigated disputes between competing fixed-based operators spurred by allegations of procurement code and federal grant assurance violations, and has advocated for aircraft owners in disputes with aircraft manufacturers and aircraft management companies.
Mr. McCulloch also represents commercial aviation interests and is experienced in corporate aircraft ownership, flight-time sharing and shared-ownership structures, as well as aircraft management and leasing structures. Additionally, he has experience handling collections for a national bank, a large equipment manufacturer, and various commercial entities.
Prior to joining Dickinson Wright PLLC in April of 2017, Mr. McCulloch was a co-managing partner of the Phoenix office of a national law firm.
While attending law school, Mr. McCulloch interned with the California Department of Transportation, concentrating on airport and aviation law while serving as a legal assistant to the state attorney attending to state aviation matters.
Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. McCulloch was a full-time certified flight instructor specializing in teaching advanced aerobatics. He has flight time teaching in the most advanced aerobatic trainers in the world, including Extra 300s, Pitts Specials, and Sukhois. With more than 5,500 hours of flight time, he has both a flight instructor credential and a commercial, multi-engine license with instrument.