The aviation industry is shaped by a number of rapidly evolving legal and operational complexities. The globalization of other industries, the increase in international trade, ongoing shifts in the consumer and cargo markets, competing demands of cost versus service coming from both regulatory and Congressional oversight, and focus on the industry’s effect on climate change are just some of the issues that influence the aviation industry.
Thompson Coburn attorneys are well aware of these issues and are prepared to help companies develop solutions to these and other challenges. Given our attorneys’ key government contacts and years in the industry, we are well-positioned to keep air carriers abreast of, and help them respond to, the many economic, safety and security regulations.
Our attorneys have represented some of the largest air transport enterprises in the United States. In addition, we counsel the Air Transport Association (ATA) and have represented the air carrier industry on international liability and environmental issues and regulatory matters. We also drafted an industry-wide arrangement for carriers to modernize their international liability rules pending the negotiation of a new treaty.
Our aviation attorneys have represented air carriers before federal courts, including the courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Our legal team includes a former Assistant General Counsel for International Law at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) who presided over the sunset of the Civil Aeronautics Board and the transfer of its functions to the DOT. Our attorneys also serve as counsel on appellate matters relating to international aviation, specifically passenger and cargo liability issues under the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions.