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George U. Carneal

Washington, D.C.

George U. Carneal

For decades, George Carneal has been counseling clients from virtually all sectors of the aviation industry on a broad array of issues. As the founder of the firm's Aviation Practice Group, and former general counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), he is exceptionally qualified to help clients identify risks and surmount the most challenging matters.

Clients benefit from George's knowledge and insights, whether the assignment involves obtaining federal authorities approvals to the provision of commercial aviation services; advising with respect to the Department of Transportation (DOT), FAA, and other federal agency regulatory compliance; the defense of enforcement proceedings; aircraft and parts certification; or the activities of foreign civil aviation authorities.

George frequently teams with professionals from the firm's worldwide network to address clients requirements involving antitrust, corporate and finance, procurement, labor, trade, tax, and litigation at the trial and appellate levels, and lobbying matters.

The National Aeronautic Association honored George with its prestigious Admiral Wesley L. McDonald Statesman of Aviation Award, and Chambers has long ranked him as a Senior Statesman.

Representative Experience

Counsel to the government of the Bahamas regarding airspace management issues and reform of its aviation sector.

Representation of international carriers in obtaining federal, state, and local approvals to serve U.S. points.

Counsel to a major aviation trade association respecting its responses to proposed federal regulations.

Defense of Vietnam Airlines in class action litigation.

Education and admissions


  • LL.B., Order of the Coif, University of Virginia School of Law
  • A.B., Princeton University


  • Member, Aero Club of Washington
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Court admissions

  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia


Who's Who in America


National Aviation, 2005; National Aviation: Regulatory and Litigation, 2006; National Aviation: Regulatory, Senior Statesman, 2007-2015

Chambers USA Transportation


Who's Who in American Law


National Aeronautical Association's Admiral Wesley L. McDonald Elder Statesman of Aviation Award

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