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Stephan Eriksson

Stephan Eriksson

ExcelloLawFerkens Gränd 3StockholmSweden111 30

Global Leader

Aviation - Contentious 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Stephan Eriksson impresses market commentators with his superb work on disputes arising out of aviation accidents and major incidents.


After graduating from Uppsala University (LLM) in 1987 Stephan Eriksson clerked at Gävle district court. He then went into private practice and became a member of the Swedish Bar in 1992. He is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the American Association for Justice (AAJ). He is a member of the European Air Law Association. As chair of PEOPIL Aviation EEG, he regularly organises aviation seminars together with McGill University.

In 2003 he took a year-long sabbatical during which he studied aviation and space law at the Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he received a postgraduate certificate. He regularly lectures on aviation law at McGill University. He also regularly lectures on aviation law at Linköping University in Sweden.

Since the early 1990s Mr Eriksson has been practising tort law in the United States; during this time he has been involved in numerous law proceedings within the US state and federal courts, primarily Sweden-oriented matters.

Stephan Eriksson is specialised in aviation mass disaster litigation and has worked on several accidents, including the Air France Concorde flight AF 4590 in 2000; the Scandinavian Airlines Flight SK 686 in 2001; and the DHL/Bashkirian Airlines midair collision over Überlingen, Germany, in 2002. In 2004 he advised the families in Flash Air, flight 604.

He represented a majority of the families involved in Helios Airways flight 522 in 2005, and the families involved in the accident with Swedish Coast Guard CASA C-212 Aviocar. He also represented families in Kenya Airways flight 507 in 2007; Air France flight AF 447 in 2009; and Air India Express flight IX 812 in 2010. He represented the families of the crew of Norwegian Royal Airforce Hercules C-130, Mount Kebnekaise, Sweden, in 2012. He is representing families involved in Bhoja Air flight 213 in 2012, and Malaysian Air flight MH17 shot down over Ukraine in 2014.

He has developed a renowned expertise in air passenger law and EU regulation 261/2004 regarding passengers’ rights in the event of denied boarding, cancellation or long delay of flights. 

Lately he has shifted his aviation practice more towards commercial aviation law, where, for example, he represents airlines, helicopter operators, airbrokers,  travel agencies and tour operators.

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