Douglas Amster


Douglas Amster is a partner in the Newark office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the Aviation Practice. Mr. Amster focuses his practice on aviation tort defense on behalf of domestic commercial airlines, which includes the defense of a non-carrier airline in the 9/11 litigation, and the defense of post-9/11 passenger removal/racial profiling cases. He also represents the owners and operators of private aircraft as well as entities that maintain and repair aircraft. Mr. Amster’s general aviation experience includes accidents and investigations involving Gulfstream, Bombardier, Cessna, Piper, Mooney and Beechcraft fixed-wing aircraft, as well as Sikorsky and Schweizer rotorcraft.

Mr. Amster also has substantial experience in many areas of commercial and personal injury litigation, including products liability, contract disputes, fraud claims, securities fraud litigation, medical malpractice and legal malpractice claims. 

Effective January 1, 2015, Mr. Amster was appointed as a Trustee of the New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. The Fund is an entity of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and it was established in 1969 to reimburse clients who have suffered a loss due to the dishonest conduct of a member of the New Jersey Bar.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Aviation

Additional Experience


New Jersey

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York

Supreme Court of New Jersey


  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Morris County Bar Association
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association
  • New Jersey Defense Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of New Jersey
  • Columbia Law School New Jersey Alumni Association: Former President


Columbia School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1986

Trinity College

Bachelor of Arts in Economics, 1982

Phillips Academy Andover



  • Co-Author, "#Litigation - Tags in the Courtroom," The Brief, Winter 2015
  • "The Legal Consequences of Undisclosed Medical Conditions on Aircraft Operator Liability," Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Spring 2012
  • Co-author, "Undisclosed Medical Conditions in the International Aviation Community: The Risks of Medical Certification Systems Based Upon Voluntary Self-Disclosure," Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, the Journal of the International Aviation Law Institute, Autumn 2012
  • "Instilling And Maintaining Public Confidence In The Legal Profession," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, July 2006


  • The New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, Trustee
    • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee, Chair
  • District V-A Ethics Committee: Former Chair