Enforcement Defense and Administrative Litigation

  • Represented a major airline in a multi-million dollar civil penalty action, achieving nuisance value settlement after direct negotiations with top FAA decision makers.
  • Obtained dismissal of airline from series of enforcement actions relating to HAZMAT handling.
  • Persuaded the FAA to rescind an emergency order modifying an airline’s operations specifications that would have crippled operations.
  • On behalf of the Cargo Airline Association, appealed a sweeping FAA airworthiness directive to the DC Circuit.
  • Represented several airlines in a successful challenge to TSA demands for additional security fee payments.
  • Successfully represented a commercial operator in legal challenge to foreign civil aviation authority’s refusal to authorize operations.
  • Persuaded the FAA to drop enforcement arising from airspace deviation by foreign airline.
  • Represented aircraft component manufacturer in defense of FAA Part 13 complaint.
  • Defended Part 135 operator against FAA enforcement action involving allegations of improper maintenance recordkeeping.
  • Defended a wide range of enforcement actions against commercial aircrew and private pilots arising from deviations.
  • Represented a regional airline in DOT and federal court proceedings to confirm the right of airlines to operate to and from Dallas Love Field.