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Aviation Law

The global aviation industry can be turbulent. We help clients find clear skies. Our aviation practice spans every facet of the industry, including regulatory, aviation finance and leasing, antitrust, airline alliances and joint ventures, litigation, legislative/lobbying, M&A, and environmental issues.

Chambers USA notes that ours is a “highly acclaimed regulatory practice working with an impressive client roster comprising airlines, airports and aviation industry manufacturers, as well as private equity firms and financial institutions.” Chambers Global has recognized us as “a one-stop shop for all aviation finance leasing work.”

With offices spanning the globe, with key hubs in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, our service is seamless. Clients benefit from our aviation lawyers' in-depth understanding of the industry, and the regulatory, economic, and financing landscape. Members of our team have served as Chief Counsel of the FAA, Special Counsel to the Administrator of the FAA, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation and to a member of the NTSB, and Executive Assistant to the Chair and Vice Chair of the Civil Aeronautics Board. Our aviation finance team has extensive experience with structuring and documenting complex cross-border aviation finance transactions. 

Together, we advise on issues covering every segment of the aviation industry, helping U.S. and foreign airlines, airports, aviation joint ventures, banks, lessors, government authorities, equipment manufacturers, repair facilities, aviation trade associations, business aviation operators, fractional ownership providers, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS/drone) manufacturers/operators, aviation public private partnerships, commercial space companies, and corporate and high net worth individuals to navigate the challenges and achieve their aims.

Representative experience

Advise Aeromexico in connection with negotiations of a joint-venture alliance agreement with Delta Air Lines, and obtaining approval and the grant of antitrust immunity for the joint venture.

Advise Aeromexico in connection with negotiations of a joint-venture alliance agreement with Delta Air Lines, and obtaining approval and the grant of antitrust immunity for the joint venture.

Advise Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on its enhanced equipment trust certificate (EETC) financing of ten new B737-800 aircraft and the related bridge financing.

Advise Virgin America in obtaining airport slots and gates related to the settlement of a lawsuit the DOJ brought against the merger of American Airlines and US Airways.

Assist CNN to secure the first-ever FAA waiver to legally fly UASs in the U.S. for news gathering and reporting activities over people.

Advise UK Export Finance on the capital markets aspects of a US$913m Sukuk issuance for the acquisition of four Airbus aircraft.

Assist several UAS manufacturers and operators on aviation regulatory issues affecting this emerging industry.

Advise two airlines in antitrust damages claims brought in relation to a cartel in the air cargo market in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, and the U.S.

Represent DVB on a US$400m warehouse facility provided by Deutsche Bank for the acquisition of a portfolio of over 20 aircraft on lease to a range of airlines.

Counsel Aerion Corporation on FAA and International Civil Aviation Organization noise and certification matters in connection with Aerion’s plans to develop a supersonic business jet.

2017 & 2016

Band 1 for Transportation: Aviation: Regulatory — Nationwide

Chambers USA


Deal of the Year (Emirates Airline Sukuk bond issue, UAE)

Trade Finance Awards


Robert E. Cohn, E. Tazewell Ellett, and Patrick R. Rizzi ranked for Transportation: Aviation Regulatory (Nationwide)

Chambers USA


Robert E. Cohn and E. Tazewell Ellett named among World’s Leading Practitioners for Aviation Regulatory

Who’s Who Legal Transport


Lisa Ellman named a Rising Star

National Law Journal


UAS practice is Highly Commended

FT North America Innovative Lawyers Awards


Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating Robert E. Cohn, E. Tazewell Ellett, George Carneal, Pat Rizzi, Sheryl Israel


George Carneal named Senior Statesman for Transportation: Aviation: Regulatory - Nationwide

Chambers USA

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