Practice Areas & Industries: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP


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Navigating the broad and dynamic aviation industry requires creative and innovative attorneys who can partner with clients to effectively steer a course through complex government regulations, contentious political interests and highly technical issues. Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP draws upon its many years of experience and industry experts to serve our clients nationwide. Our aviation team includes pilots (both military and civilian), aviation consultants, and even a former air traffic controller. Our real-world experience enables us to bring unique and practical solutions to the challenges our clients face in this ever-changing industry.

Our clients include aviation professionals, manufacturers of aircraft and aircraft components, airlines and other operators of aircraft, airport operators, aviation insurers and underwriters, and municipalities that are confronted with aviation-related issues.

Below is a brief summary of some of the major areas in which Schnader's aviation team provides legal and consulting services:

Aviation Litigation

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP's top-tier national litigation practice is complemented by our aviation team's industry experience. Representing large entities across the country, Schnader regularly litigates matters involving aircraft accidents, aircraft purchases/leases, and commercial actions related to aircraft engines and components such as avionics.

Aviation Insurance

Schnader's extensive knowledge of, and experience with, aviation and aerospace insurance makes us a valuable ally when dealing with difficult insurance law issues. We counsel the world's leading issuers of aerospace insurance and litigate disputes when they cannot be resolved informally.

Regulatory Matters

Whether at the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, or the state level, Schnader attorneys have the experience and personal relationships necessary to help guide their clients through the regulatory maze.

Covering areas such as airport rates and charges, regulation of airspace and obstructions, and even federal airman certificates, our lawyers provide practical and technical guidance to our clients at all phases of the regulatory process, including litigation.

In addition, our aviation group is uniquely positioned to provide advice and counsel on antitrust matters facing the aviation industry.

Aircraft Finance

Schnader can handle any aircraft-related transaction including aircraft and engine purchases, leases, and financing matters. Our lawyers guide clients, large and small, through the sale or purchase of aviation assets as well as through the complexities of financing these transactions.

Aviation Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions in the aviation realm present unique challenges. Our broad experience base combined with our transactional knowledge enables Schnader to provide significant assistance to parties facing issues growing out of the consolidation of aviation entities.

Airports Practice

Schnader represents airport owners and operators of all sizes across the United States. From large commercial hubs to general aviation airports, Schnader provides both legal and practical counsel on a full spectrum of issues that range from drafting large-scale operating agreements with main line and regional carriers, to acquiring federal assistance for obtaining/maintaining air carrier service, to securing federal grants for physical improvements.

Aviation Bankruptcy

For better or worse, bankruptcy matters seem to be a constant in the aviation industry. Schnader represents a wide range of parties, including airport operators and aircraft owners/lessees in airline bankruptcies. Schnader has been deeply involved in all post-9/11 airline bankruptcy cases. We also have been involved in a multitude of cases related to aircraft/aircraft component manufacturers' bankruptcy cases.

Schnader's aviation-specific knowledge combined with its bankruptcy experience enables us to provide a uniquely high level of specialized representation to stakeholders in aviation bankruptcies.

For further information concerning Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis' Aviation Group, please contact one of the group's co-chairs.

Group Presentations
  Legal Experts Panel (Moderator); Carriage by Road in Air Cargo (Speaker), November 19, 2013
Instructor for Special Half-Day Educational Session on Cargo Law, November 18, 2013
Jon Stern Served as Co-Chair and Speaker at American Conference Institute's 5th National Forum on Defending and Managing Aviation Claims and Litigation, May 29, 2013
Aviation Year in Review: Key Cases, Incidents and Legislative Efforts and Their Impact on Your Cases and Clients for the Second Half of 2013, May 29, 2013
Indemnity Agreements and Additional Insurance Provisions, May 22, 2013
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