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Overview

Helping businesses take flight

Experience matters in aviation, whether you’re a pilot, fixed base operator, manufacturer, or lawyer. That’s because aviation is a highly regulated, high-stakes industry. Every decision carries risk, and the wrong decision can cost millions of dollars and lives. Managing legal matters for aviation clients requires a deep understanding of aviation laws and regulations as well as the business of the industry.

The aviation team at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig handles matters on behalf of major companies and private individuals. Our cases involve large commercial aircraft and small turboprops. The diversity of our client base demands that we are prepared to handle the full spectrum of transactional, regulatory, and litigation-related matters that affect aircraft owners and operators.

Our experience in the aviation industry

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig represents national and local carriers, aviation manufacturers, type certificate holders, MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) companies, fixed base operators (FBOs), pilots, drone operators, and other industry-related companies. Our lawyers include pilots, aircraft owners, an airport commissioner, and panel counsel for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Lawyers at our firm have spoken before the national MRO conference and the AOPA annual conference.

Our aviation team advises clients on contracts, registration, enforcement actions, and more. We also handle litigation matters in federal and state courts and before regulatory agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of State (DOS), and Department of Justice (DOJ).

What we do

  • Counsel carriers, FBOs, flight schools, and other clients on aircraft management, aviation staffing, airport counter leasing, and ground handling
  • Assist with the purchase, financing, sale, and leasing of aircraft
  • Structure corporate entities and aircraft ownership to protect owners and their companies with respect to FAA regulations
  • Represent companies in enforcement investigation and letter of investigation proceedings
  • Conduct internal investigations and audits of policies and procedures
  • Advise and counsel on aviation and drone-related software and intellectual property, including extensive experience with simulators, simulation software, and third-party commercial software contracts

Partner

Charles Cantine

Partner

Thomas Dunlap

Partner

William Flachsbart

Partner

Robert Greenspoon

Partner

Raymond Jones

Partner

David Ludwig

Partner

James Reed

Partner

Team

Thomas Hayes

Patent Agent

Farzad Panjshiri

Associate

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Intern Program

As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

Paralegals and Legal Support Staff

At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our team of paralegals and staff work together collaboratively along side our attorneys toward a common goal. We have created a positive work environment where our paralegals and legal assistants work to successfully reach firm-wide goals and support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance. They regularly assist our attorneys with organizing and maintaining files, conducting legal research, and preparing documents.