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Patrick R. Rizzi

Washington, D.C.

Patrick R. Rizzi

For more than two decades, Pat Rizzi has represented and advised clients on legal and regulatory issues involving aviation. Pat focuses on aviation law, regulations, litigation, and transactions, and regularly represents clients before the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and other government agencies.

Pat has deep and extensive experience advising passenger and cargo airlines, airports, infrastructure and development companies, on-demand air taxi operators, operators and manufacturers of unmanned aircraft systems, aerospace manufacturers, banks, investment firms, repair stations, technology companies, and government agencies on international and domestic aviation regulatory, litigation, and transactional issues. He counsels clients on operations, safety, compliance, licensing, certification, airport access, and customer service regulations.

Other areas of focus include international route rights, alliances, marketing arrangements, antitrust immunity, government investigations, airport privatization, and airline/aviation-related transactions and ownership changes. Pat also handles DOT/FAA enforcement proceedings, trial and appellate court litigation, FAA petitions for exemption, airspace obstruction matters, slots, federal grant assurances, and airport noise.

"very knowledgeable, very easy to work with and proactive"

Chambers USA 2016

Representative Experience

Represented clients before the DOT and FAA on aviation legal and regulatory matters.

Regularly counseled aviation clients on operational and compliance issues under U.S. aviation regulations and laws.

Defended clients in enforcement investigations and proceedings instituted by the FAA and DOT.

Counseled air carriers, aerospace entities, banks, and investment firms on financings and structuring issues for airlines and repair stations.

Advised companies on regulations, rulemakings, acquisitions, petitions for exemption, and compliance involving unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Advised airports on AIP/PFC issues, land use, federal grant assurances, minimum standards, compliance issues, revenue use, FAA audits, and marketing.

Advised financial and infrastructure companies on airport privatizations.

Aviation-related litigation. See, e.g., Republic Airline v. DOT and NAC v. USPS and PenAir

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Morton Geller Award, New York University School of Law, 1993
  • B.S.B.A., magna cum laude, Georgetown University, 1990


  • Member, Air and Space Law Forum, ABA
  • Member, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Member, Committee on Aviation Litigation, ABA
  • Member, Committee on Class and Derivative Actions, ABA

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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