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Former Landis Graham French attorney killed in Bahamas plane crash
By Pat Andrews
posted Aug 22, 2014 - 10:26:01am
Four people aboard a Cessna 340 airplane were killed in a crash in shallow waters off Freeport, Bahamas, around 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18, the Federal Aviation Administration reported.
One of those people was DeLand attorney R. Michael “Mike” Kennedy, 65, who was a former partner at the Landis Graham French law firm in DeLand, local sources confirmed.
The Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority is handling the investigation into the crash and will release names of other passengers, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said, in response to a Beacon inquiry. The U.S. Coast Guard also deferred inquiries to the Bahamas Civil Aviation authorities.
Landis Graham French partner Joe Dykes Jr. said Kennedy was a part-owner at the firm for a number of years in the 1990s.
Kennedy had represented a time-share company with offices in the Bahamas, and eventually left Landis Graham French to take that on full time. Kennedy remained friends with people at the DeLand law firm.
The plane in which Kennedy died was registered in the U.S., the FAA said. Sources said it was owned by Aqua Sun Investments Inc. of Ormond Beach, the firm Kennedy represented. Aqua Sun was making no comment about the crash as of Aug. 20, a spokeswoman said.
The Bahamas Press reported Aug. 19 that all four passengers aboard the plane were executives with Aqua Sun.
“The men we can confirm are Dean Carlson Jr., son of the owner and pilot. Mike Kennedy – Managing Director of Corporate. Matt Sokolowski head of IT. And Terry Hanes, head of Sales and Marketing," the article stated.
The Bahamas Press stated that Aqua Sun Investments owns the Island Seas Resort in Freeport, at which all four men were expected to stay while in the Bahamas.
Kennedy lived in DeLand and had offices in Ormond Beach and the Bahamas.
“Both as a person and as a lawyer, he had very high ethical standards. He was well-thought-of by everyone. He was a good lawyer, a good person, and that man will be missed,” Dykes said.
Dykes said Kennedy was single at the time of his death. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that his brother, Mark Kennedy, has a car dealership in Holly Hill.
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