Airports and Aviation

We are located in a global transportation hub at the gateway to Latin America, and many of our clients require legal and business services specific to domestic and international airport related business and development. Our Airports and Aviation Services Group is a specialty team that combines our various areas of legal expertise to respond to the needs of business and government in operating or developing at or around airports. We serve national and international aviation and aerospace clients along a broad spectrum of litigation, transactional, and regulatory matters.  Our attorneys have unique legal and business skill sets in aviation, construction, government affairs, litigation, public contracts and bid disputes, land use, labor, environmental, real estate, business transactions, and public-private infrastructure development.

Practice Overview

Our Group's practice is international in scope, including:

Aviation Law:

  • Retained as special counsel in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding involving claims of major North American and European cargo carriers arising from allegations of breach of aircraft service agreements.
  • Defense of a Part 121 major international airline against allegations of negligence by a passenger, under the Montreal Convention.
  • Consultation for a Part 135 carrier in connection with claims for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract.
  • Representation of private corporate jet owners in an insurance dispute relating to an accident involving taxiing aircraft.
  • Defense of a large commercial engine manufacturer in a negligence and product liability case in Federal court.
  • Prosecution of a lawsuit by a lessor of general aviation landing gear in an action alleging breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and quantum meruit.
  • Representation of airmen in connection with enforcement actions in connection with medical and pilot certificate actions.
  • Representation and advise to buyers and sellers in aircraft sales and lease transactions, including providing counsel on matters of voting and ownership trusts, Cape Town Convention and FAA recording and registration.
  • Providing regular counsel with respect to aviation liens, and recording and registration with Federal and state authorities.

Airport Development and Concessions:

  • Successfully negotiated and handled all legal and government affairs for a major international carrier in its $1.5 billion airport terminal development agreement with a top international airport.
  • Representing St. Lucia in a major airport development project.
  • Represented Areas Comidas, a major international airport food and beverage concessionaire in award of numerous airport concession worth in excess of $500 million. Areas quickly became one of the country’s largest concession operators only 5 years after it entered the US market.
  • Represented world’s largest car rental company in negotiation of its lease and concession agreement for consolidated car rental facility at two large international airports.
  • Represented a developer in a multimillion dollar exclusive on-airport mixed-use development including hotel, office, retail and other attendant uses at a major regional airport in Florida.
  • Successfully represented Faber Coe & Greg in obtaining news and gift and specialty retail concession with projected sales in excess of $80 million at major international airport and defended award in challenge by disappointed bidder.
  • Represented Allied Waste Systems in obtaining and negotiating $25 million contract for disposal of USDA regulated international airport waste and successfully defended bid protest challenge by disappointed bidder.
  • Provided legal and government affairs support in acquisition of duty free concession at one of country’s fasted growing airports for Nuance Global Traders, the world’s largest airport duty free concessionaire.
  • Favorably settled environmental cost recovery claim against Fortune 100 company as part of a multi-defendant, $700 million cost recovery lawsuit brought by owner of major public airport against all historical airport users and tenants.
  • Represented clients concerning certification and compliance with Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and other small business program requirements.
  • Represented major international carrier concerning airport expansion and governmental issues.

Publications and Media Appearances

Our lawyers in the Group regularly publish and serve as commentators for local and national radio and television program on aviation issues.