Susan Hofer serves as the Chair of the Aviation Litigation Practice Group at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP. Ms. Hofer has been litigating since 1988 and is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, Maryland, Michigan, and the District of Columbia. She has also been admitted to practice Pro Hac Vice in many other jurisdictions. She joined the Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP team in 2014.
In addition to her extensive litigation experience, Ms. Hofer has been an FAA certificated pilot since 1984, holding commercial and certified flight instructor, instrument airplane, and glider certificates. She was recently issued a Remote Pilot Certificate with rating for Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) by the Federal Aviation Administration. A certificate that authorizes her to oversee commercial operations of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems. Ms. Hofer has also obtained a North Carolina Commercial UAS Operator Permit from the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Aviation for the commercial operation of UAS in North Carolina.
This combined expertise, along with a technical background from extensive patent research experience, enables her to effectively and successfully analyze and litigate aviation, products liability, and other technical cases. She has successfully represented manufacturers, pilots, mechanics, FBOs, Part 135 operators, and others in matters involving everything from complex litigation arising from major air crashes to FAA enforcement actions.
Over the years Ms. Hofer has spoken numerous times to various aviation and legal groups and taught a college course in Aviation Law. In 2003 she was asked to speak at the 37th Annual SMU Air Law Symposium in Dallas, Texas where she presented the legal requirements, ASTM standards, and practical suggestions to attorney attendees concerning preservation of evidence in aviation and other cases.
Ms. Hofer is an active member of aviation and legal organizations including the North Carolina Bar, American Bar Association, Aviation Insurance Association, International Aviation Women’s Association, International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, Organization of Flying Adjusters, National Business Aviation Association, and is a Panel Attorney for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Ms. Hofer is an active pilot, who flies a Mooney 252 in the course of her law practice and for enjoyment. She was elected as an officer of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, presided as President of the organization in 2008-2009, and now serves on the Board of Directors.