Aviation Accident or Plane Crash Victim? You Need an Advocate!

If you or your family have been affected by a plane crash or aviation accident, you may be eligible for significant damages. Contact 907 Legal about your case – we are here to help you get what you deserve and maximize your recovery. You don’t pay unless we win!


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Whether you are an injured party, part of the flight crew or operate a tour company, we can help.

General Aviation Law

Our attorneys fight mercilessly for those who have lost their loved ones or have themselves been injured in an airplane accident or crash. Come talk to the attorneys at 907 Legal about how we can fight for your recovery. We never take a fee unless we win your case.

Small & Private Plane Crashes

Small aircraft are a way of life in Alaska, but unfortunately, so are preventable aircraft accidents and crashes. If you have lost a loved one or have been injured in a small plane crash, 907 Legal ensures that you maximize your recovery.

Commercial Airline Cases

Commercial airlines and their vendors are not immune to accidents caused by faulty parts, poor maintenance, pilot error, improper loading, and more. If you have lost a loved one or have been injured in a plane crash, contact 907 Legal today.

Air Ambulance Cases

Air ambulances provide life-saving services, however, as the industry expands, preventable air ambulance accidents are becoming more common. If you have lost a loved one or have been injured in an air ambulance crash, contact 907 Legal to maximize your recovery.

Tour Helicopter Crashes

Poor maintenance, pilot error, improper loading, and more by tour operators and their vendors can have a massive impact on you and your family. Determining who is at fault is just the beginning. If you have been affected by a helicopter crash, contact us today.

Ground Victims

Plane crashes have many victims, sometimes including those at or near the crash site.  Contact us if you think you have a claim.

Trusted Aviation Attorneys


Passionate Litigators


Relentless Investigators

I was wrongly accused by a state institution…When representatives of the state institution opted to play hardball, Josh knocked it out of the park.

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Aviation Accident FAQs

How do you determine liability in a plane crash?

Determining liability in plane crashes is complicated. Thorough investigation, discovery, and the use of experts in aviation and other fields can point to one or more culprits. Airlines, manufacturers, owners, pilots, maintenance providers, or some combination of the above are commonly liable. Contact 907 Legal to determine who may be at fault in your case.

Can multiple parties have damages and be liable or have damages in an aviation accident?

In short: yes. Multiple parties can have both potential damages and potential liability at the same time. It is important to contact an attorney who represents YOUR interests as the various parties involved may have different levels of exposure and different motives. Contact 907 Legal for your free consult.

Who will have jurisdiction of my case?

It depends on the circumstances of the case: the amount of damages, the location of the accident, and the principal place of business of the parties among other things. It is not uncommon for jurisdiction to exist in more than one court or one venue – choosing the right one is critical. Contact 907 Legal to discuss your jurisdiction options at a free consult.

How long will my case take?

As a rule: the more complicated the case and the more money at issue, the longer the case will take. Airplane crashes are complicated by nature and many parties may be involved. Ehrhardt, Elsner, & Cooley can review your case and give you a sense of how long your case may take to resolve at your free consult.

How are damages calculated?

It depends on the nature and extent of the damages suffered. Our attorneys at 907 Legal work with experts in the fields of medicine, economics, and others to ensure that our clients receive the maximum amount of damages allowed by law.

I was sued, can I also become a plaintiff?

Yes. Determining fault in an airplane crash is complicated. Parties may sue everyone involved – including parties who also have claims as plaintiffs. If you need to defend AND prosecute an airplane crash, contact the attorneys at 907 Legal for your free consultation.

I am a pilot; can you defend me?

Yes. At 907 Legal we both defend and prosecute airplane crashes.

Am I liable if I sold the tour that someone was hurt on?

You might be. Contact the attorneys at 907 Legal to determine your potential liability and to limit your risk in the future.

Is there a limit on damages for plane crashes and aviation accidents?

There is no limit to the amount of economic damages a plaintiff can recover. Non-economic damages are limited by statute, however, the extent to which they are limited depends on the nature of the injury and the life expectancy of the party. Contact 907 Legal to find out what caps might apply in your case.

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Peter R. Ehrhardt

Attorney at Law – of Counsel

Peter graduated from the University of Minnesota law school in 1980. He moved to Alaska the same year and began working for a small personal injury firm in Bethel. He founded 907 Legal to meet growing demand on the Kenai Peninsula.


Katie A. Elsner

Attorney at Law

After graduating cum laude from Northwestern Law, Katie continued developing her practice at the Miami Dade Public Defender’s Office and then with Alaska Legal Services and as a contract attorney on the Peninsula.


Josh B. Cooley

Attorney at Law

Josh shaped his practice in Miami, where in his first year he received the Statewide Public Defender College Best Advocate Award. In less than five years, he moved from the Juvenile and Misdemeanor Crimes Divisions to being an “A” Felony Attorney.

Phone: (907) 283-2876
Fax: (907) 283-2896
Email: peter@907legal.com

Peter R. Ehrhardt

Peter Ehrhardt, Attorney at Law, graduated from the University of Minnesota law school in 1980. He moved to Alaska that same year and began working for a small personal injury firm in Bethel, Alaska. In 1983, Mr. Ehrhardt moved to Sitka, Alaska, and worked for a small general practice firm there. In 1984, Mr. Ehrhardt moved to Kenai, Alaska, where he resides today.

In 2002, Peter started a Kenai law firm to meet growing demand on the Kenai Peninsula. Since then, the office has expanded to include three local attorneys committed to providing honest, accommodating, and timely service throughout the Kenai Peninsula. Peter continues to fight for his clients’ rights and support the staff to this day.

Phone: (907) 283-2876
Fax: (907) 283-2896
Email: katie@907legal.com

Katie A. Elsner

Katie completed her undergraduate education in 2004 at New York University where she graduated cum laude. Katie then went on to the prestigious Northwestern University School of Law. It was here that Katie learned, while working on death penalty cases, that the client is the most important focus in each and every case.

After graduating cum laude from Northwestern Law, she continued developing her practice at the Miami Dade Public Defender’s Office. During her five years in Miami, she represented thousands of adult and juvenile clients charged with misdemeanor offenses, like DUI and assault, to life felonies, including homicide and sexual assault. She was a founding member of the Task Force on Forensic Litigation and received national attention when she was featured on an episode of the A&E TV show ‘After the First 48’ where she successfully convinced a judge to dismiss her client’s murder case.

Having grown up in the mountains of Colorado, Katie ultimately decided to leave Miami for the scenery and seasons for which Alaska is so well known. Since arriving in the Kenai area, she has worked for Alaska Legal Services, where she expanded her practice to include civil litigation in areas such as divorce and custody, child in need of aid, probate, protective proceedings and estates and later provided the same services as a contract attorney at Walton, Theiler & Winegarden. From attacking eye-witness identifications and the forensic sciences to resolving a family dispute, Katie is adept at litigating the particular issues involved in your criminal or civil case. With experience trying dozens of jury and non-jury trials, negotiating hundreds of case resolutions, and taking thousands of depositions, Katie is a vigorous advocate who will fight for you.

Phone: (907) 283-2876
Fax: (907) 283-2896
Email: josh@907legal.com

Josh B. Cooley

Josh Cooley, Attorney at Law, graduated from the The George Washington University Law Center in Washington, D.C. While in Law School, Mr. Cooley fell in love with criminal defense and Alaska while interning at the Alaska Public Defender Office here in Kenai.

Immediately after graduating, however, Mr. Cooley set out to shape his criminal defense and litigation practice in one of the biggest and busiest markets in the country: Miami. In his first year, he received the Statewide Public Defender College Best Advocate Award. In less than five years, Mr. Cooley moved from the Juvenile and Misdemeanor Crimes Divisions to being an “A” Felony Attorney handling only murder, attempted murder, armed robbery with a firearm, and “capital” sexual battery cases. Those first four years of Mr. Cooley’s practice helped shape him into the seasoned, aggressive, and strategic litigator that he is today.

Mr. Cooley has conducted over 1,000 depositions and defended more than 50 cases at trial. Mr. Cooley has defended clients charged with crimes including: murder, attempted murder, DUI, armed robbery, theft, burglary, home invasion robbery, mortgage fraud, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, fleeing and eluding, drug possession, distribution, and trafficking, assault, sexual assault, and all manner of domestic violence allegations. While in Miami, Mr. Cooley was a founding member of the “Task Force on Forensic Litigation,” and conducted presentations and training to attorneys on how to defend against weapons and drug charges.

Peter’s Cases of Note


Peter was a member of the plaintiffs’ trial team which obtained a $5 billion verdict in the Exxon Valdez litigation. For his work on that case, Mr. Ehrhardt, as a member of the trial team, received the 1995 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, a national organization of trial lawyers.


Peter was co-council in Re: Glacier Bay, a class action arising out of a 1987 oil spill in upper Cook Inlet which resulted in a $51 million settlement.


Peter and a very small team of lawyers aggressively researched and challenged the odds to win the fight against the pollution causing factory in the early 90’s.

Katie’s Cases of Note


Mr. Sosa-Palma was accused of murdering his brother. If convicted, he would have spent the rest of his life in prison. By challenging and attacking the forensic, medical, and crime scene evidence, Katie was able to successfully convince the judge that, despite the State’s theory of the case, Mr. Sosa-Palma was acting in self-defense. When the Judge granted Mr. Sosa-Palma’s request for immunity under Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, Mr. Sosa-Palma’s murder charge was dismissed and he was released from jail.


Successfully challenged a CSSD administrative child support order leading to the reversal of tens of thousands of accrued child support arrearages, invalidating an administrative driver’s license suspension for non-payment of support and securing a dismissal of criminal charges for driving while his license was suspended.


Prevailed on a theory of equitable rescission at trial resulting in the client keeping sole possession of all of the property acquired during the marriage without having to divide anything with his former spouse.


Challenged the constitutionality of Florida’s controlled substance laws and obtained a court order on behalf of over 30 defendants finding the statutory scheme unconstitutional and dismissing their cases. Although a stay was entered and the trial court reversed on appeal, the cases were able to resolve with negotiated resolutions that avoided felony convictions and lengthy prisons sentences for the defendants.

Josh’s Cases of Note


T.D., a juvenile, was charged with multiple sexual assault charges carrying mandatory minimum penalties upwards of 20 years per charge. Mr. Cooley was able, through the use of an expert and pretrial management, to provide substantial mitigating evidence to the District Attorney. In the end, T.D.’s case was handled in juvenile court and he was placed on probation, avoiding a lengthy adult prison sentence and a lifetime of sex offender registration.


Hyatt was charged with assaulting his wife with a kitchen knife. Mr. Cooley vigorously prepared the case for trial and presented his defense through cross examination of the State witnesses. At the conclusion of the State’s evidence Mr. Cooley was able to convince the Judge that no reasonable juror could find Mr. Hyatt guilty and the Judge dismissed the case.

The State, upset at having the assault thrown out, then sought to charge Mr. Hyatt with a DUI from an accident nearly a year prior. Mr. Cooley prepared legal briefing and filed it with the Court, arguing that too much time had passed to pursue the DUI. The State was eventually forced to dismiss the DUI as well.


Hensel was charged with Felony Driving Under the Influence after being contacted in the driver seat of a truck stuck in the snow near Kasilof: he faced a minimum sentence of 3 years. At a pretrial hearing, Mr. Cooley was able to elicit testimony from the officer that conflicted with his prior reports and helped to show that Mr. Hensel had not in fact been driving or in physical control of the truck. Mr. Cooley was able to use these newly uncovered facts to convince the District Attorney to drop the charges.


Whitaker was charged with two counts of Murder in the shooting death of two individuals outside of a Chili’s restaurant in Miami. Through the use of expert witnesses and tireless preparation, Mr. Cooley was able to present evidence at a pretrial hearing that Whitaker had acted in self-defense. The Trial Court refused to grant Whitaker immunity from prosecution, but the Court of Appeals was persuaded by the evidence Cooley put forth in the hearing and granted Whitaker immunity from prosecution.

Relentless aviation lawyers in Kenai, Soldotna, Sterling, Kasilof and throughout the Kenai Peninsula providing litigation services for small & private plane, commercial airline, air ambulance, and tour helicopter crashes, as well as general aviation law, including ground victims cases