Manuel von RibbeckManuel von Ribbeck, Attorney-at-Law

Industrial Systems Engineer
Doctor of Jurisprudence
Of Counsel

Mr. Manuel von Ribbeck focuses his legal practice on representing victims of catastrophic incidents, including aviation disasters from human or mechanical errors often misrepresented as accidents. Many disaster victims are from areas outside the United States; they are overwhelmed by the government’s complex legal system as well as American cultural and language differences, making it exceptionally challenging for them to pursue justice. Mr. von Ribbeck’s mission is to guide such victims through state, federal, appellate and the Supreme Court. His legal strategies earn record-breaking settlements as well as successful trial outcomes typically litigated against savvy corporate defendants. These defendants have access to unlimited financial resources and the best defense lawyers that money can buy which is matched by the finest group of lawyers in Ribbeck Law who have the financial capability to prosecute their clients’ cases to the full extent of the law. While in school, Mr. von Ribbeck earned a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in Engineering through the Institute of International Education (IIE). The U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The competitive, prestigious appointment is awarded after a rigorous application process. “Fulbrighters” demonstrate the academic merit and distinct leadership potential to facilitate the exchange of ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Mr.Manuel von Ribbeck also studied European Community and International Law in Italy and France. While working as an engineer, Mr. Manuel von Ribbeck was admitted to DePaul University Law School in Chicago, IL, where he earned his Juris Doctor. Manuel von Ribbeck’s engineering degree, legal scholarship and depth of experience have resulted in successfully representing survivors and families originating from countries on every continent, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Sweden, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Belgium, Great Britain, Jamaica, Laos, Lebanon, Nepal, Netherlands, Korea, Switzerland, Iran, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Niger, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Austria, Israel, Turkey, France, Egypt, Singapore, Australia, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and India.

Manuel von Ribbeck is also recognized for his pro-bono work for the Chicago Volunteer Legal Service (CVLS), a non-profit organization providing legal representation to indigent clients. Due to his extensive expertise, Mr. von Ribbeck is frequently a pragmatic spokesperson in the international media who calls upon him to discuss aviation disasters. Click here to view some of his interviews

Manuel von Ribbeck has represented families from the following aviation disasters:

Flydubai Flight 981, March 19, 2016, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Metrojet Flight 9268, October 31, 2015, Sinai, Egypt
Turkish Airlines Flight TK726, March 4, 2015, Katmandu, Nepal
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, March 8, 2014, Indian Ocean
Lao Airlines Flight 301, October 16, 2013, Pakse, Laos
Asiana Airlines Flight 214, July 7, 2013, San Francisco, California
Scat Airlines Flight 760, January 29, 2013, Kazakhstan
Learjet LJ25, December 9, 2012, Sierra de Iturbide, Mexico
Dana Air Flight 992, June 3, 2012, Nigeria
Costa Concordia, January 13, 2012, Italy
First Air Flight 6560, August 20, 2011, Resolute, Canada
Caribbean Airlines Flight 523, July 30, 2011, Georgetown, Guyana
Hewa Bora Flight 952, July 8, 2011, Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo
RusAir Flight 9605, June 20, 2011, Petrozavodsk, Russia
Georgia Airways Flight UN834, April 4, 2011, Democratic Republic of Congo
Henan Airlines Flight 8387, August 24, 2010, China
Merpati Airlines Flight 836, April 13, 2010, Indonesia
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409, January 25, 2010, Lebanon
American Airlines Flight 331, December 22, 2009, Kingston, Jamaica
Turkish Airlines Flight 1951, February 25, 2009, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Aeroflot Flight 821, September 14, 2008, Perm, Russia
Spanair Flight 5022, August 20, 2008, Madrid, Spain
Cessna Caravan, 2008, Chile
AtlasJet Flight 4203, November 30, 2007, Isparta, Turkey
One-Two-Go Flight 269, September 16, 2007, Phuket Island, Thailand
Kenya Airways Flight 507, May 5, 2007, Douala, Cameroon
Garuda Flight 200, March 7, 2007, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Adam Air Flight 574, January 1, 2007, Manado, Indonesia
Gol Airlines Flight 1907, September 29, 2006, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Chalk’s Ocean Airways, December 19, 2005, Miami, Florida, USA
Mandala Airlines Flight 091, September 5, 2005, Medan, Indonesia
Tans Airlines Flight 204, August 23, 2005, Pucallpa, Peru
Lion Air Flight 538, November 30, 2004, Solo, Indonesia
Tol Air 12, July 2004, Virgin Islands
American Eagle Flight 5401, May 9, 2004, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Flash Airlines Flight 604, January 3, 2004, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
China Airlines Flight 611, May 25, 2002, Penghu Islands, Taiwan
American Airlines 587, November 12, 2001, Belle Harbor, New York, USA
Singapore Airlines Flight 006, October 31, 2000, Taipei, Taiwan
Air Philippines Flight 541, April 19, 2000, Samal Island, Philippines
Egypt Air Flight 990, October 31, 1999, New York, USA
LAPA Airlines Flight 3142, August 31, 1999, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Swissair Flight 111, September 2, 1998, Nova Scotia, Canada
Austral Airlines, Flight 2553, October 10, 1997, Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay
Garuda Airlines Flight 152, September 26,1997, Medan, Indonesia

Manuel von Ribbeck spends his free time playing Polo, parasailing, and sailing around the world.

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