Mike Danko is an aviation safety advocate and Danko Meredith’s founding partner.  He has tried cases on behalf of injured clients as far east as Massachusetts and as far west as Hawaii. His aviation trial results include a $15 million verdict for his client in Burdett v. Teledyne Continental Motors , a $10 million verdict in Goble v. Pike, and a $13 million verdict in Gottlieb v. Khalaf.  He has been honored with a Trial Lawyer of the Year nomination by his state’s trial lawyers association, the Consumer Attorneys of California. He has been named one of Northern California’s Top 100 “Super Lawyers” by Thomson Reuters.

In addition to representing victims of general aviation accidents, Mike Danko represents the families of those lost in airline disasters. He has represented families in such disasters as TWA Flight 800, the Crash of the Air France Concorde, Alaska Airlines Flight 261, EgyptAir Flight 990, Adam Air Flight 574, and Air Philippines Flight 541, among others.

Mr. Danko is a frequent speaker on topics related to Aviation Safety, Aviation Accidents and the Law. He has been invited to appear on National Television shows such as The CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, and CBS News. His work has been written about in such print media as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Houston Chronicle.

He is a rated jet pilot who has logged more than 3500 hours over the past 30 years. He has owned and operated personal aircraft continuously since 1984. He currently owns and flies a Cirrus SR22T and an Enstrom 280FX Helicopter.

Practice Areas

  • Aviation Accidents
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Drug Company Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Business Torts

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Justice (Leaders’ Forum)
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (Board of Governors)
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association
  • San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association


  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1983
  • AB, Dartmouth College, magna cum laude, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • California