Straight Talk Soars in Aviation and Aerospace

Our firm has been an influential presence in the legal airspace for decades.

As counselors to Howard Hughes, Jr., our lawyers fended off a 1947 Congressional investigation of the Hercules airplane (commonly known as the “Spruce Goose”) and guided the 1966 public offering of Hughes’s ownership in Trans World Airlines. Today, our firm provides a full range of legal advice to the aviation and aerospace industries in areas such as:

Competition, capital demands and change, including economic downturns and international terrorism, are among pressures and risks our clients face. Our experience includes managing these challenges with practical solutions for a range of clients including:

Our extensive industry background ranges from negotiating technology agreements and strategic transactions to complex international and public financings to defending manufacturers in product liability and toxic tort litigation.

Aviation Finance Structuring

We represent air carriers, lenders and investors in numerous complex financial transactions, including leveraged leases, debt offerings, restructurings, financings and securitizations. The range of our transactional work reflects the airline industry’s competitive evolution since deregulation and includes:

Corporate Finance, Transactions, Governance and Regulatory Counsel

Our strategic and comprehensive corporate counsel to airline carriers and industry participants includes a full range of regulatory issues. It focuses on issues such as:

Representative matters and counsel include:

Aviation Litigation

Our firm has historically had well-known, long-standing litigation relationships with significant players in the aviation industry. 

For over four decades, our lawyers have been trying and winning aviation accident cases on behalf of leading manufacturers of aircraft, component parts and affiliated products. In addition, we have handled significant commercial litigation (in district court and in arbitration) on behalf of top aviation industry companies. Aviation manufacturers have also looked to us to defend toxic tort cases arising from work performed on aircraft and aircraft components.

We are both familiar with and experienced in handling the legal, regulatory and investigative considerations that are unique to the aviation industry. In addition to our trial counsel, we bring a preventive perspective to our litigation services, often helping clients to identify practices and procedures to help mitigate future liability risks.

Beyond our successful trial record, our lawyers are responsible for several landmark appellate decisions in aviation law. Among them:

Airline and Aviation Bankruptcy Protection

We represent clients on both sides of the table in national air carrier bankruptcy cases. As debtor’s counsel to America West in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, we advised on debtor-in-possession financing and on the subsequent reorganization plan.

Our creditor work in airline bankruptcies is extensive and includes: 

Airport Bond Financing

Our experience in bond financing for airport improvements includes serving as disclosure counsel for the City of Houston: 

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