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Aviation Law

Hogan Lovells has the preeminent aviation law practice in the United States excelling in client service and industry knowledge. In 2015, Chambers described us as a "Heavyweight practice, often advises household airlines and manufacturers, as well as trade associations. Strong capabilities in regulatory issues concerning UASs and commercial space flights, among other areas.”

We advise clients in legal and regulatory issues covering every segment of the aviation industry, including U.S. and foreign airlines, airports, aviation joint ventures, aerospace, aircraft, engine and component manufacturers, repair facilities, aviation trade associations, foreign governments, municipalities, business aviation operators, fractional ownership providers, aircraft leasing and financing organizations, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS/drone) manufacturers and operators, investment and infrastructure firms, aviation public private partnerships, and commercial space companies.

Lawyers from the firm's network of more than 45 offices worldwide collaborate to address a broad range of legal issues, including regulatory matters, antitrust, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, aircraft finance and leasing, environmental, litigation, legislative/lobbying, and regulatory matters.

Clients benefit from our aviation lawyers' experience in public service, which include positions 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.

The insights we derive from our diverse practice enable us to achieve our clients' goals more efficiently and effectively.

Representative experience

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

Emirates Airline in connection with defending against allegations of improper subsidies brought against Emirates and two other Gulf Carriers by three U.S. airlines.

A consortium including Goldman Sachs and Aeroportes de Paris on a bid to privatize the Central Terminal Building at New York LaGuardia Airport.

Virgin America in obtaining airport slots and gates in connection with the settlement of a lawsuit the U.S. DoJ brought against the merger of American Airlines and US Airways.

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

Jet Airways (India) in obtaining FAA authority to reconfigure its international operations.

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.


Band 1 for Transportation: Aviation: Regulatory — Nationwide

Chambers USA


George Carneal named Senior Statesman 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


Robert E. Cohn and E. Tazewell Ellett named Leading Lawyers for Transportation: Aviation Regulatory – Nationwide

Chambers USA


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

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