• J.D., St. John’s University School of Law (1990) (Associate Editor, St. John’s Law Review)
  • B.A., Political Science, Fordham University (1985)


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Fourth and Eleventh Circuits


  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Division Director (2005)
  • American Bar Association, Aviation Litigation Committee, Past Chair
  • American Bar Association, Solo and Small Firms Committee, Past Chair
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, Mediation Advisory Committee
  • New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum, President of the Board of Trustees


  • Fighting Fire with Water, Dealing with Difficult Adversaries (Litigation, Fall 2008)
  • Ethical Hurdles Along the Way: Ethical Issues when Representing an Insured in an Aviation Case (ABA 2007)
  • Columnist: Young Lawyer’s Corner. Aviation Litigation Quarterly (ABA 2006-2008)
  • Who’s in Charge Here Anyway? Ethical Issues When Representing an Insured, The Brief, Vol 36, No. 2 (Winter 2007)
  • This Year’s Developments in Aviation Litigation, 64 J. Air L. & Comm. 29 (1998)
  • Death by Misinformation? Governmental Liability for Faulty FAA Weather Information, 60 J. Air L. & Comm. 961 (1995)

Robert Straniere, Mediators + More

Frederick P. (Rick) Alimonti

Member, Mediators + More

RICK ALIMONTI has been defending tort claims against aviation clients since 1990, including all aspects of discovery, motion practice, trial, and appeal. He regularly handles airlines’ passenger claims as well as claims in product liability, premises liability, and aviation insurance coverage. Rick is a member of the mediation panel for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and was recently appointed to the S.D.N.Y. Mediator Advisory Committee. He is a two-time past co-chair of the American Bar Association’s (Section of Litigation) Committee on Aviation Litigation and has held multiple positions in the leadership of the ABA Section of Litigation. Rick has been increasingly called upon as a speaker on aviation law as well as on more generic topics, including ethics, and ethics in negotiation and mediation. He is also an active private pilot.

Mr. Alimonti’s frequent presentations have been highly reviewed by national and international audiences along with his numerous published articles on aviation litigation topics, including his highly acclaimed Aviation/Ethics CLE available online at