Cozen O’Connor offers a comprehensive array of legal services for the aviation industry, including litigation, regulatory, business and finance expertise. Our aviation attorneys have decades of experience serving businesses and individuals in every sector of the aviation industry, both in the United States and internationally. Our clients include:
- International and domestic cargo and passenger airlines
- Aviation insurers
- Airports and airport operators
- Ground handlers
- Aircraft leasing and management companies
- Fixed base operators and flight schools
- Commercial and general aviation aircraft manufacturers
- Military aircraft manufacturers
- Aircraft engine and component manufacturers
- Aviation maintenance and repair facilities
- Corporate and private aircraft owners and operators
- Airline investors
- Tour operators
- Foreign governments
We represent clients at all levels in state and federal courts and also in administrative enforcement matters. We handle a broad array of aviation-related claims, including products liability matters, wrongful death and survival actions, personal injury, baggage and cargo claims, warranty claims and product recalls, and property damage to aircraft and airport facilities. We are well-versed in the liability regimes of the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions.
We routinely counsel domestic and foreign aviation clients on the myriad of U.S. regulations governing the aviation industry. We represent clients in investigations and enforcement proceedings before the DOT, FAA, DHS, TSA, CBP and NTSB, and assist clients in complying with BIS, OFAC and DDTC export controls requirements. We also have significant experience in dealing with foreign governments and mutilateral regimes. We frequently assist international air carriers in obtaining licenses and operating permits from foreign civil aviation authorities. We also advise foreign governments on air transport negotiations, including “open skies” issues.
We possesses significant expertise in the area of aircraft finance and leasing. We represent both domestic and international clients in the purchase, sale and financing of corporate aircraft from manufacturers and prior owners and operators. We also assist clients in negotiating aircraft charter, management and leasing arrangements under FAR Parts 91 and 135, and with their participation in FAR Part 91k fractional ownership programs.
Our aviation attorneys have decades of experience sheparding sensitive issues through the Executive and Legislative Branches. We often reach out to “trench” and high level individuals in both branches of the federal government in helping our aviation clients resolve critical business and political issues. Where additional assistance is needed, the bipartisan Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Group offers a full complement of government-affairs services, including legislative and executive branch advocacy, policy analysis, assistance with government procurement and funding programs, and crisis management. Staffed by professionals who have held high-level positions in Republican and Democratic administrations, Congress, and several state governments, the Public Strategies Group takes our clients behind the scenes and puts them in touch with critical decisonmakers.