Thompson & Knight attorneys have counseled and represented diverse segments of the aviation industry for many years. Our clients include major air carriers, aviation insurers, civilian and military airframe and component parts manufacturers, aircraft owners, operators, and pilots, covering all aspects of aircraft operation.
We represent major air carriers in federal and state court multidistrict litigation and NTSB investigations arising out of domestic and foreign air carrier accidents and serve as lead trial counsel during liability and damage trials arising out of these accidents. The Firm also represents manufacturers of aviation products in litigation arising out of allegations of defective products and represents aircraft insurers, owners, operators, and pilots in aviation-related litigation.
In addition, we regularly advise and represent aviation industry clients in corporate, commercial, contractual, and operational matters, as well as regulatory and administrative matters and disputes, such as insurance coverage matters and disputes; environmental investigations; general labor, union, and employment issues. For example, we have counseled clients regarding:
- Negotiation over the lease of airport property;
- Bidding for airport goods and services;
- Environmental issues resulting from airport operations, including de-icing and underground storage;
- Design and construction of rental car facilities at airports; and
- Purchases and sales of aircraft, including purchases of fractional interests, leasing of aircraft, and addressing ownership structure issues.
Thompson & Knight attorneys represent aviation interests in FAA administrative matters, including:
- Awarding landing slots and the transferability of landing slots;
- Leasing of gate space at airports;
- Alleged violations of hazardous material regulations regarding air transport;
- Special orders in connection with the review of type certificate of aircraft;
- Challenges to FAA requests for information during type certification and complaints about actions of FAA personnel in connection with type certifications;
- Sale of surplus airport property acquired with the use of government funds administered by the FAA;
- Challenges to the value and situs of aircraft for property tax purposes; and
- Challenges to the imposition of property tax on simulators and other assets.