Nycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days ago) and read 3671 times:
If anyone knows any sites that i can look at for more information about this. Also, if anyone knows anything in SE Michigan that i could consider, I'll be in the Ann Arbor area and will go anywhere within a reasonable distance.
RJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3632 times:
There are MANY aspects of aviation law.
Davis Polk, one of the top law firms in the world, is handling Delta's bankruptcy but you wouldn't become a lawyer there for aviation because 95% of the time you won't be working with airlines. Similiarly, Kirkland Ellis (another top firm) is handling United's bankruptcy (and perhaps some other issues for them if I recall).
Keep in mind that these are all top firms. Are you currently in law school?
Anyhow, if you really want to get a complete list, check out any DOT international route application. When airlines apply to fly a route, their aviation lawyers file it for them. So if you look at an application, you will see who represents them (which firms, and specifically which lawyers). In addition, they always send application requests to their counterparts at other airlines and their lawyers (not sure if this is required or courtesy but they do it). So basically, if you look at one of those applications, you will get a fairly complete list of the most important aviation lawyers in the country. Shoot me an e-mail if you have a problem finding one of those applications and I'll send you a random one.
Gte439u From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 360 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3512 times:
You should consider what you want to do exactly with aviation since law firms and consulting companies handle different types of work.
A consulting position will involve more work advising tranportation companies on strategy, marketing and finance.
A law firm position would deal with transactions (eg - filing route application, responding to DOT complaints, Ch. 11) or litigation (eg - lawsuits). You probably would not strategize on whether the carrier should order the A320 or B737.
Keep in mind that a JD can serve you well in both positions due to the unique skills it provides. Moreover, only a JD can practice law (yes, I know that there are rare exceptions).
Personally, I am an engineer but I'll have a JD and MEM in a few years. E-mail me if you have any questions.
Quoting Clipperone (Reply 6): Simat Helliesen & Eichner (airline consultants) is based in NYC. Also offices in:
Thank you for that info. I'll add them to my summer job search.