Jenner & Block

Aviation and Aerospace

Jenner & Block’s Aviation and Aerospace Practice assists companies with the services they need in an increasingly challenging, dynamic and global business and operating environment.

We have experience in the following areas:

  • Compliance and enforcement;
  • Antitrust and competition;
  • Environmental, government regulations;
  • Government contracts;
  • Government relations;
  • Investigations, bankruptcy;
  • Export controls; and
  • Litigation and transactional issues that require support from legal counsel with a deep knowledge and understanding of the sector, as well as the political and market conditions that may affect their businesses.  

Jenner & Block lawyers have decades of experience counseling clients in the aviation and aerospace industry, as well as related fields.  We provide strategic and pragmatic solutions to help clients mitigate risks and achieve business objectives.  Our clients include US and foreign air carriers, aerospace and defense companies, carrier and manufacturer associations, unmanned aircraft systems operators, and manufacturers of aircraft, engines and components, among others.  Our clients benefit from the substantial and varied industry experience of our professionals, including a former vice president, deputy general counsel, and associate general counsel of a major US airline; both a former FAA acting chief counsel and deputy chief counsel and former FAA special counsel to the chief counsel; a former senior lawyer in the DOT Office of the General Counsel; and a licensed commercial pilot and certified flight instructor.  Informed by years of combined private sector, government and military experience of our lawyers, our multidisciplinary practice blends the experience of industry practitioners with our nationally recognized litigation and transactional talent throughout the firm.  

Our aviation regulatory lawyers work closely with the DOT and FAA to address issues facing the industry, including compliance, airport access, airline alliance and codesharing, corporate aviation, essential air service, certification and licensing, antitrust immunity, competition, enforcement, flight operations, hazardous materials, safety regulation, route authority and the development of new regulations.  We also represent clients before federal departments and agencies, including the following:

  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA);
  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB);
  • Customs & Border Protection;
  • Department of Homeland Security;
  • Department of State;
  • Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC);
  • Department of Commerce;
  • Department of Defense; and
  • Various international civil aviation agencies such as the European Air Safety Agency.

We also routinely engage in appellate work with a variety of administrative agency decisions, including DOT and FAA enforcement cases and challenges to agency rulemaking.  In the legislative and public policy field, we  help clients achieve their objectives by drafting legislation and testimony on issues such as airline regulation, air safety, airport access and slot regulation.

Our Aviation and Aerospace Practice includes a robust capacity to defend government investigations and develop coordinated response activities, voluntary disclosures and corrective actions.  Our lawyers have substantial experience defending airlines, manufacturers, and repair facilities in product liability, tort, and commercial disputes, including in complex multi-district litigation and international arbitrations, and have served as national counsel in a wide-variety of cases.  We help clients avoid non-compliance and disputes by advising on risk management and conducting internal investigations, compliance reviews, and training tailored to their specific regulatory, technological, operational, and commercial needs.

The aviation and aerospace industry faces challenges that require focused experience and representation across a wide range of disciplines.  From the boardroom to the flight line, our lawyers are uniquely qualified to address these challenges.  Jenner & Block combines the experience of leaders in the field of aviation and aerospace law with the know-how and resources of a full-service international firm.

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