Floyd A. Wisner

Untitled1Principal, Wisner Law Firm


The founder of Wisner Law Firm, Floyd A. Wisner, is approaching his 38th year in the practice of law. He is a veteran skilled litigator who has successfully represented clients in virtually every major airline disaster over the last two decades.

Floyd served as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, leading the multi-district consolidated litigation arising from the aviation disasters of American Airlines Flight 587 at Belle Harbor, New York; Swissair Flight 111 in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia; Egypt Air Flight 990 off Nantucket, Massachusetts, Silk Air Flight 185 near Palembang, Indonesia; and TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, New York. He also represented clients arising from the World Trade Center attacks, and was the sole lead attorney for 86 victims of the crash of Garuda Indonesia Fight 152 and for 56 victims of the crash of Austral Flight 2553.

Floyd has won significant, ground-breaking victories for his clients in difficult, complex cases before Federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. He has been the most successful attorney in the U.S. in keeping cases arising from foreign air crashes in the U.S. courts, as evidenced by his defeat of defendants’ motions to dismiss for forum non conveniens in the last seven cases that he has obtained a considerable settlement. Floyd has obtained record recoveries from U.S. and foreign airlines and aircraft and component parts manufacturers in actions arising from U.S. and overseas air crashes.

The multi-million dollar recoveries Floyd has recovered for his clients have helped them begin to rebuild lives shattered by these tragedies. He takes great personal and professional satisfaction in the help he has been able to provide to his clients and to the life-saving aviation safety changes which have resulted, in part, from his efforts.

An active member of American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association, Floyd is a frequent speaker on aviation law topics, and the subject of international news articles and television interviews. He has been interviewed on several occasions by various CNN stations in the U.S. and worldwide, as well as on television and radio stations in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. Most recently, he has been quoted in numerous U.S., Australian, Malaysian, and Chinese news publications concerning the disappearance of Malaysia Air Flight 370 and the shoot down of Malaysia Air Flight 17. However, he is most proud of, and grateful for, the appreciation and recommendations of his many clients.

Floyd graduated summa cum laude from DePaul University and magna cum laude from DePaul University College of Law.

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Alabama


Court Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Bar Associations:

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Aviation Committee
  • American Bar Association
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section