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Matthew Levitt, Brussels
Robin Hallam, London
Simon Gwynne, London
Bruno Cantier, Paris
Michael J. Silver, Baltimore

Hogan Lovells' clients throughout the transportation sector – including carriers, equipment manufacturers and lessors, service providers, infrastructure developers, financial institutions, and government authorities — benefit from the firm's powerful combination of regulatory, legislative, and transactional experience specific to road, rail, air, and marine transport. The firm fields one of the highest rated Transportation law groups. Chambers USA gives us a first-tier ranking in the Aviation, Road, and Multimodal categories, noting that the firm "remains a key player in the field due to its longstanding market presence and highly specialized practice." The Legal 500 praises our "clarity of thought, solutions-driven approach, and exceptionally talented partners."

We provide the full spectrum of services to our transport clients worldwide, creating multidisciplinary teams to address regulatory, antitrust, project finance, merger and acquisition, environmental, tax, litigation, and lobbying matters. Clients benefit in particular from our partners' long government experience in transportation law and policy.

Awards, Rankings and Quotes
  • This team counts government agencies and financial institutions among its client roster, frequently providing advice on financial, regulatory and litigation concerns. Chambers UK 2013
  • This international firm has a tremendous reputation in the aviation regulatory space..."The level of service and expertise that the firm has provided when we have sought their assistance is incomparable." Chambers USA 2013
  • The team leverages its respected profile in construction to great effect on rail matters in the UK and beyond. Chambers UK 2013
  • The group also represents clients in commercial litigation and bankruptcy-related disputes, and is further noted for its prowess in asset financing, particularly in relation to aircraft financing. Chambers Europe 2012
  • Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP advises on public transport and other infrastructure projects, often assisting public entities but also representing key sponsors. Legal 500 EMEA 2012
  • Hogan Lovells continues to advise on prominent cases in the aviation sector, with a team of 16 fee earners handling product liability claims for manufacturers, insurers and reinsurers. Chambers Europe 2012
  • U.S. road practice ranked in the first tier, Chambers USA, 2011
  • Port Finance Law Award, Jane's Transport Finance Awards, 2011
  • International transportation regulatory practice ranked in first tier, Legal 500 EMEA, 2011
  • International aviation practice ranked in first tier, Legal 500 EMEA, 2011
  • Recommended firm in Transport: Aviation, Legal 500 UK 2011; Chambers Europe 2011
  • Recommended aviation litigation practice in Chambers USA, 2011
  • Recommended firm in Transport: Rail, Legal 500 UK, 2011
  • "Very responsive, regardless of the hour of the day or night." Chambers USA, 2011
  • Hogan Lovells has "a wealth of expertise in this area." Chambers USA, 2011
  • Hogan Lovells offers clients a "small team of excellent lawyers" focused on aviation financings. Chambers UK, 2011
  • "There is a consistently good quality of service across the board. They absolutely meet any deadlines they have and are incredibly thorough." Chambers UK, 2011
  • "We highly appreciate Hogan Lovells as one of the top-ranking law firms all over the world with competent and experienced lawyers in the fields of law on aviation and financing," says one foreign corporate client. IFLR1000, 2011
  • Clients say Bob Cohn "is a very tough, knowledgeable lawyer, a tireless worker and a very good practitioner."
  • Ted Ellett is praised by sources for his ability to "see the way the FAA is going to think. He brings so much to the table – he knows what they're going to ask and advises accordingly. Incredible."
  • Clients value Jeff Shane’s experience at the DOT, commenting that "he can give us good advice on our applications and a sense of how they are likely to be viewed at the DOT," as well as "knows a ton about the Open Skies policy as he helped create a lot of it. His vast knowledge and contacts are formidable."
  • Sources say George Carneal’s knowledge is "practically unmatched" and identify him as "one of the brightest people in the industry."
  • Robin Hallam has a "deep knowledge of wider political and commercial issues" and is "creative, articulate and user-friendly," according to enthusiastic sources.
  • Clients say Austen Hall is "commercially minded" and has "fine attention to detail" on aircraft financings.
  • Thad Dameris is "a terrific and key player in the market, good and effective."
  • "Matthew Levitt’s knowledge of the shipping industry is simply outstanding."

Former Leadership Positions
  • George Carneal, former General Counsel of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation
  • E. Tazewell Ellett, former Chief Counsel of the FAA, Special Counsel to the FAA Administrator; Special Assistant to a member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board
  • Jeff Shane, former Under Secretary for Policy and Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. DOT; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Transportation Affairs
  • Robert Cohn, Executive Assistant to three Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) members, including the Chairman and Vice Chairperson of the CAB
  • Ken Kastner, former Assistant General Counsel of the Manufacturing Chemists' Association (now the American Chemistry Council)
  • Jackie Glassman, former Acting and Deputy Administrator and former Chief Counsel of the DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Road and Rail