Hogan Lovells Partner Jeffrey Shane Named General Counsel of International Air Transport Association

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11 February 2013 – Hogan Lovells announced today that Jeffrey N. Shane will assume the role of general counsel with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Montreal beginning in April. Shane has served as a partner in Hogan Lovells’ Aviation practice since 2008.

Shane's legal practice at Hogan Lovells was focused on domestic and international aviation with an emphasis on regulatory, legislative, and transactional representation. He frequently advised clients in the air transport sector on high-stakes strategic, policy, and diplomatic issues arising in the course of major transactions.

“Jeff’s impressive history with public sector transportation law and policy issues enabled him to provide clients with highly specialized and uniquely informed counsel,” said George Carneal, founder of Hogan Lovells’ Aviation and Surface Transportation practice group. “He will be greatly missed by the firm, but we have the utmost confidence that he will thrive in the very exciting role of general counsel with IATA.”

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Shane served as Under Secretary for Policy with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) for five years. Recognized for his role in forging an Open Skies aviation policy for the United States, he was also a principal architect of USDOT’s approach to international aviation alliances and antitrust immunity. Shane championed the launch of the “NextGen” transformation of the U.S. air traffic control system, the acceleration of GPS modernization, and other vital technology initiatives to enhance both the efficiency and security of transportation.

“I have enjoyed my time at Hogan Lovells immensely and will miss my colleagues,” said Shane. “But the opportunity to serve aviation – the focus of my professional life for many years – as IATA's General Counsel was too exciting to pass up.  I am very much looking forward to this new role.”

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