Practice/Industry Group Overview
The Adams and Reese Aerospace and Aviation Team provides a holistic approach that combines an in-depth understanding of how NASA and other government entities at the federal and state level operate, with longstanding experience in tort defense and complex litigation. Our experience includes general business disputes, contract drafting and negotiation, lobbying, public finance, corporate law, general administrative practice and general business advice and business capture, among others.
The states in which we work are home to multiple space centers and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) headquarters. This helps us keep pace with the volatile nature of the aerospace industry and the changing goals and missions of NASA. In addition we track the local economic development programs in our states and how these match up with the needs of clients.
Our team includes an attorney who served as Special Assistant to the General Counsel for NASA during the investigation into the Columbia Shuttle Disaster. He played an instrumental role in aiding the agency during the investigation, where he assessed legal needs, formulated timely and workable response plans and met with search teams and governmental representatives from the debris fields in Hemphill, Texas to Washington, DC.
Members of the Aerospace and Aviation team work seamlessly with other practice groups inside Adams and Reese, including Governmental Relations, Labor and Employment, Class Action and Complex Litigation and Banking and Finance.
Core Practice and Clients
Governmental Relations/Business Development: helping commercial interests seek business from government entities and seeking assistance with incentives or other kinds of tax relief, bond financing, and public financing for expanding the locations of their business opportunities within Adams and Reese’s footprint.
Bond and Public Finance: working at the state level for incentives, economic and tax vehicles at a local level in multiple states.
Litigation: representing airline and aerospace interests in the event of tort, class action and complex litigation. We also offer extensive ADR and appellate experience.
Labor and Employment: advising on the complexities that arise when operating under federal contract, compliance with government contracting standards and subcontracting laws as well as general Labor and Employment issues.
- Worked on cases involving helicopter crashes in the offshore industry, representing the oil companies that chartered helicopters to bring passengers from shore to the offshore rigs.
- Advised aerospace firms, economic development organizations and others on their strategic initiatives as they relate to growing business in the Aerospace industry.
- Advising the Greater New Orleans Inc., think tank on the future of a local NASA facility in light of changes in federal funding.