Mr. Tarpley’s legal emphasis is in aviation and insurance matters domestically and abroad. He is admitted to practice in Texas, Illinois and New York, the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits, numerous United States District Courts and the United States Tax Court.
He is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Business and the University of Texas School of Law.
Formerly he was the Senior Vice President and Secretary, Aviation Office of America, Inc., a subsidiary of the Xerox Corp. In addition, he was previously a trial attorney at Lord Bissell & Brook and an electrical engineer at General Electric.
Charles currently consults with policyholders and insurance companies on aviation insurance matters including coverage disputes and bad faith contentions. In addition, he frequently is retained as an expert witness in these areas. He has been a speaker at numerous aviation and insurance conferences in the United States and Europe.
Charles began his aviation career in the United States Air Force and flew twenty-six combat missions in Southeast Asia. His commercial career began at Pan American World Airways where he flew Boeing 707, 727 and 747 and Airbus A310 aircraft on six continents. With the sale of Pan Am’s European route structure to Delta Air Lines in 1991, Charles became a Delta pilot where he flew Boeing 727, Airbus A-310 and Lockheed 1011 aircraft. Charles was a Pan Am designated check airman and Delta pilot instructor and instructed extensively in Delta’s human factors and new-hire programs as well as the innovative Delta Pilot Instructor School.
Mr. Tarpley’s FAA aeronautical certificates include Airline Transport Pilot (with numerous type ratings), Flight Instructor (Multi & Single Engine Airplane, Instrument and Glider), Flight Engineer-Turbo Jet and Ground Instructor.
Charles is the Chair of the Southern Methodist University Air Law Symposium and serves on the Board of the Journal of Air Law & Commerce. In addition, he has taught Aviation Law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. Charles is the past Chair of the David Bernard Memorial Foundation in Los Angeles.
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