Patrick R. Rizzi

Patrick R. Rizzi

Washington, D.C.

Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 202 637 5659

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

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

Chambers USA 2016

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 uncrewed 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.

Awards and recognitions


Transportation: Aviation: Regulatory (Nationwide), Rank 3
Chambers USA


Transport: Aviation and Air Travel: Regulation, Next Generation Partner
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., New York University School of Law, Morton Geller Award, 1993

B.S.B.A., Georgetown University, magna cum laude, 1990


Member, Air and Space Law Forum, ABA

Member, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


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

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

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