Kent C. Krause received his undergraduate degree in 1979 and his Juris Doctor in 1982 from Southern Methodist University. He was admitted to the Texas bar in 1982, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas in 1983, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit in 1984 and subsequently to the other Federal Districts in Texas as well as appearing pro hac vice in numerous courts throughout the country.
Mr. Krause is a partner in Craddock Davis & Krause LLP in Dallas, Texas, and is also of counsel to Speiser Krause, a Professional Corporation, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C.
Mr. Krause has practiced extensively in all phases of aviation related litigation and transactional matters, a natural extension from a lifelong involvement in aviation, including piloting single-engine fixed-wing aircraft. He has been actively involved in numerous general aviation and airline litigation matters.
General aviation lawsuits have included the Christie Brinkley helicopter crash in Telluride, Colorado, Westwind II crash in Guatemala, Beech Baron crash near Swanzey, New Hampshire, Payne Stewart Lear 35 crash, Cessna 402B crash near Del Rio, Texas, Hot Air Balloon crash near Breckenridge, Colorado and the Confederate Air Force B-26 crash near Midland, Texas, among many others. Included in the airline crash matters are the crash of American Airlines Flight 1420 in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 1, 1999 and the crash landing of America West Flight 794 in Phoenix on August 28, 2002.
In addition to aviation matters, Mr. Krause has an extensive business litigation practice, representing corporations and individuals as both plaintiff and defendant. Mr. Krause has handled numerous business tort and contract claims, including tortious interference with business relations, business defamation and disparagement and other emerging areas of business litigation such as trade secret and non-competition disputes as well as real estate and oil gas related disputes.
Combining his personal aviation background with his commercial litigation and transactional experience, Mr. Krause is active in expanding the law on purely commercial economic loss cases in aviation and other products fields.
Further, Mr. Krause spearheads the firm’s business law practice, serving as counsel to banking and insurance lenders on various loan transactions and has engaged in providing a wide variety of legal assistance in aviation related transactional matters such as aircraft acquisition, disposition, leasing and lending, minimizing ownership liability, warranty compliance, FAA enforcement actions and other matters related to the business of owning, financing and operating aircraft.
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