Lawyer Pilot's Bar Association
LPBA Winter 2019 Convention
Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
Cocoa Beach, FL

Convention Program


CLE Presentations

Ian Blair Fries, M.D. an orthopedic surgeon and a Senior FAA HIMS Aviation Medical Examiner practices in Vero Beach, Florida and Brick, New Jersey. He is an M.R.O. and S.A.P. His aviation practice focuses on complex Special Issuances, particularly assisting pilots with alcohol and substance problems recover and return to the cockpit.

He learned to fly while serving in the United States Air Force and became a Flight Surgeon. He has more than 6,000 hours as pilot-in-command and currently flies a Daher TBM 900.

He serves on the AOPA Board of Advisors, is a medical advisor to the AOPA, an Aviation Medical Consultant for Teamsters Airline Division, board member of the Flying Musicians Association, and a member of the FAA/ALPA HIMS Advisory Board. He trains pilots concerning hypoxia and the use of oxygen and pressurization equipment. An aviation writer, frequent aviation speaker and consultant for several aircraft and avionics companies, he holds ATP, CFII, and Learjet type ratings.

Fries Professional Building 1480 Highway A1A
Vero Beach, Florida 32963
Telephone 732-801-8139

Dr. Lorne Sheren

Dr. Lorne Sheren


Lorne Sheren Started flying in 1969

Started off as engineer (Naval Architect), graduate of Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, Glen Cove NY Med school SUNY Downstate Board certified in both internal medicine and anesthesiology, currently working as anesthesiologist in Cumberland Maryland Appointed Aviation Medical Examiner in 1980 One of first AMEs to establish an office at an airport in 1981 Holds single engine ATP and Commercial glider rating Active in General aviation safety Active in American Bonanza Society, past President and past Board member Flies a Beech B36TC, my fourth Bonanza

Gary Allen

Gary W. Allen


is an attorney and consultant specializing in aviation matters. He retired in September, 2005 after serving for 20 years as Director of the 50-person Aviation & Admiralty Litigation staff of the Torts Branch, Civil Division of the Department of Justice with responsibility for the prosecution and defense of all aviation and admiralty tort litigation brought by or against the United States and its departments and agencies. He is an active member of the Virginia Bar and recently represented EAA in two matters there, obtaining dismissals in both. He has served as a Special Master for discovery issues in a putative class action against an air carrier in Texas, as a Neutral in a hull-loss insurance dispute in Missouri, and worked abroad on a private aviation arbitration matter in London.

A District of Columbia native, Mr. Allen graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The Ohio State University in 1969, where he worked as a flight instructor and was active in student political organizations, and received his Juris Doctor in 1972 from The Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. After working for a summer and during his third year in the FAA Chief Counsel's Office, he was accepted into the DOT Honors Program and did rotations in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, the National Transportation Safety Board, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the FAA Litigation Division, where he stayed at the completion of the Honors Program, becoming a supervisory FAA litigation attorney in 1976. He moved to the Department of Justice Civil Division in 1980 as the Assistant Director for Aviation Litigation, and was promoted to the Torts Branch Director of Aviation & Admiralty in 1985, where for the next 20 years he managed the handling, trial or settlement of all aviation tort litigation involving the United States, including Delta/DFW, Aeromexico/Cerritos, the C5A Babylift, KAL/Guam, American/Little Rock and USAir/Skywest LAX. He has personally tried many complex aviation cases throughout the United States and is three circuits short of having argued in every US Court of Appeals. He successfully defended the first case attempting to use TCAS activation as a basis for liability against FAA controllers and counseled NASA following the losses of Shuttles COLUMBIA and CHALLENGER.

Mr. Allen has been Editor of the quarterly Journal of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association since 1997, has served as Chair of the ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section's Aviation & Space Law Committee and as a Governing Committee Member of the ABA Forum on Air and Space Law, and is currently Program Committee Co-Chair of the annual Aviation Law & Insurance Symposium in Orlando. He has spoken on aviation litigation over 70 times in venues from Boston to Bangkok.

Mr. Allen started flying in 1961 and holds a Commercial pilot certificate with single and multi-engine and instrument ratings, and is a flight instructor in single and multi-engine aircraft. These days he mostly flies a 40-foot Phaeton diesel pusher motorhome and performs with The Three Jolly Coachmen, a Kingston Trio tribute group. He and his wife Marie live in Williamsburg, Virginia when they're not traveling to see their three children and four grandchildren in Nashville, Chicago and Los Angeles.


Astronaut Robert Springer

Astronaut Robert Springer



PERSONAL DATA: Springer was born on May 21, 1942, in St. Louis, Missouri, but considers Ashland, Ohio, to be his hometown. He is married to the former Deborah Lee Horchler, and they have four children. Springer stays active by participating in long-distance running, golf and kayaking.

EDUCATION: He graduated from Ashland High School, Ashland, Ohio, in 1960. Springer continued his education and received a bachelor of science degree in naval science from the United States Naval Academy in 1964 and a master of science in operations research and systems analysis from the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1971.

Lt. Col. Adolph Rodriguez Presentation

Chris Pezalla

Chris Pezalla


Christian Pezalla began his involvement with aviation during high school, obtaining a commercial pilot certificate at the age of 18. In college he studied Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, while also working as a flight instructor. After college he worked for a large regional airline, flying large turbo-props in the Caribbean and jet aircraft from Chicago, New York, and Miami. After more than 4 years as an active airline pilot, he enrolled in a master’s program focusing on aviation management. While completing the MBA program he returned to flight instructing at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His flying experience includes 6,500 hours in airplanes and over 1,400 hours as an instructor, teaching in a wide range of general aviation aircraft. Chris went on to complete the JD program at Stetson College of Law, join the Florida Bar, and begin employment at American Airlines as a First Officer for the Embraer 190. He also owns and operates Three Point Aviation Services LLC in Daytona Beach, FL.

Kristelle Siarza

Kristelle Siarza
Owner/CEO, Siarza Social Digital


Kristelle Siarza is a minority entrepreneur and owner of a communications and marketing agency in New Mexico. In 2014, she founded Siarza Social Digital – a 360-degree digital communications firm that pivots on innovation, community, diversity, and quality. Kristelle has consulted for and assisted several organizations with digital marketing and communications strategies for the hospitality, finance, health, entertainment, events and non-profit sectors. Her social media and content strategies have helped clients generate millions of impressions and win local and national recognition. As a Filipino-American, she is one of Albuquerque’s youngest business owners was recently recognized as a Woman of Influence by Albuquerque Business First. In 2016, Kristelle was honored as one of New Mexico’s Forty Under 40, and Siarza Social Digital was honored with a Flying 40 Falcon Award as one of the fastest growing companies in the state. Siarza Social Digital is a frequent winner of the New Mexico Public Relations Society awards.

John D. Hastings is a physician with two medical specialties—neurology and aerospace medicine. Following undergraduate work at University of Notre Dame he entered St. Louis University School of Medicine, graduating with an MD degree in 1965. After a one-year internship at Los Angeles County General Hospital, he completed a three-year residency in neurology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He then entered the U.S. Army, serving one year in Danang, Viet Nam as one of two neurologists for armed forces in South Viet Nam. He fulfilled his second year in the military at Fitzsimons Army Hospital, Denver CO.

Upon discharge from the army in 1971, Dr. Hastings entered private neurologic practice and part time teaching in Chicago, IL. He achieved board certification in neurology in 1972. Having loved aviation, he had obtained a commercial pilot certificate with instrument and multi-engine ratings. He became an aviation medical examiner {AME} in 1976 and later a senior AME, serving a total of 36 years. He began teaching for FAA AME initial and recurrent training seminars in 1981. He has been an adjunct clinical assistant professor in aerospace medicine at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston and Wright State University. He has published five book chapters in aerospace neurology and is a co-author of the neurology chapter of the International Civil Aviation Organization {ICAO} Civil Aviation Manual. He has served as a senior neurological consultant to the FAA Federal Air Surgeon. Following additional training, Dr. Hastings obtained board certification in the specialty of aerospace medicine in 1999 and recertification in 2009.

Dr. Hastings was an active pilot for 45 years, accumulating 6100 hours of flight experience. He has been deeply involved in aviation medicine organizations, serving as past president of the Aerospace Medicine Association {AsMA} and the Civil Aviation Medical Organization {CAMA}. He has also been very active in pilot organizations. He chaired the Experimental Aircraft Association’s {EAA} Aeromedical Advisory Council for 14 years and is a past-president of the American Bonanza Society.

Dr. Hastings now confines his activities to aeromedical neurology, working with pilots and pilot applicants of all ages and classes of medical certificate. He works toward timely and reasonable medical certification when neurologic conditions exist, or questions arise bearing upon eligibility for FAA medical certification.

Ben Lehberger

Ben Lehberger


Ben Lehberger is a registered patent attorney and a Partner at Dilworth IP, a boutique law firm in Connecticut. His practice is exclusive to intellectual property law including patent and trademark preparation, prosecution, opinions, counseling, licensing, and dispute resolution for clients ranging from startups to publicly traded corporations. Ben’s fields of technology for patents include aerospace, automotive, medical devices, drug delivery, pharmaceutical and consumer product dispensers, integrated operating room technology, and software and computer related inventions.

Ben received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University in 1999 and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2005. Prior to law school, he was as a helicopter design engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. He has been an active airplane pilot for over twenty years.

Ben is admitted to practice in Connecticut, Florida, New York, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association and served as the organization’s President from 2016 to 2017. Ben is also a member of the Intellectual Property Committee and the IP Symposium Steering Committee of the Florida Bar.

Daniel Shaver


America's Multi-User Space Port

A Special Invitation from President Charles Morgenstein

    Hello from sunny, warm Florida!  Sharon and I are eager to host all of you in Cocoa Beach.  We wanted to share a few highlights of our wonderful host hotel with you.  The Hilton Cocoa Beach is right on the sand dunes and the soft sands of the beach.  As you approach, you will see the thatched roof of a really nice Tiki Hut bar which adjoins a lovely patio area.  There is a splash pad and a nice swimming pool close by, as well as a place to arrange oceanside activities.  There are two more outside bars for those who need another round or two on the way over the planked walkway to the beach.

    In the lobby area, you will find a great little coffee shop, as well as a Gelato Bar!  Sharon and I have sampled (small samples, I promise) the Gelato and it is great!

    Our breakfasts will not be at the ordinary restaurant or buffet area.  They will be in a special glass-enclosed private room which adjoins a beautiful wood deck overlooking the sand dunes and the blue Atlantic Ocean.  Our breakfasts will consist of an upgraded buffet and we will be able to eat both inside and on the deck (weather permitting).

    News regarding the registration rates for members, spouses and younger folks will be coming shortly.  We are working hard to keep them as low as possible, while keeping the quality of the conference and that activities at a very high level.  CRM

 …. And A Special Message from First Lady Sharon Morgenstein

Fellow LPBA Co-Pilots,

First Lady Sharon at the world-famous
original Ron Jon's Surf Shop.
    I am finally on the mend and getting really excited about going Loco in Cocoa!  The other spouses and I are working hard to select from among the various phenomenal experiences to be enjoyed while our other-halves are in CLE classes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings, and to weigh in to the Convention Committee on afternoon activities that we can ALL enjoy.

    I have been watching carefully over the past few years, and talking to as many of you as I can, to see what works, and what doesn't.  One thing I know for sure is that, try as I might, it is impossible to make EVERYBODY completely happy.  But I know that the spouses are going to try really hard to make Cocoa Beach the best it can be for first-timers ("Blue Dots"), young couples, and families bringing children.  

    Charlie, V.P. Frank Steinberg, and the rest of the Convention Committee have planned a great conference with activities all over the Space Coast for us all to enjoy.  But I am very interested in the opinions of the Co-Pilots, the moms or dads with kids, the wives, the husbands, the significant others of both genders, and others who may not attend the morning CLE meetings.  Please e-mail me at to initiate a conversation if you have ideas or questions.  I will do my best to help you enjoy Cocoa Beach, whether this is your first LPBA Conference or your 50th.  

    It's just a few short months to go until we can all gather on the sand with drinks in our hands renewing old friendships and making new ones.  I am looking forward to seeing all of you as we celebrate LPBA's 60th Anniversary by going Loco in Cocoa!

See 'ya there!  

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