American Bar Association
General Committees: Aviation and Space Law

General Committees:
Aviation and Space Law


The Aviation and Space Law Committee addresses all issues relating to aviation law including liabilities and obligations arising out of the manufacture, ownership, maintenance and use of aircraft; aviation accident litigation; coverage afforded by aviation insurance policies; and legal issues arising from the growing commercialization of space. For questions or comments about the information on the Aviation and Space Law Committee website or to suggest additional content, please contact our Web Coordinator:

Message From The Chair

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you to all who attended and participated in our committee’s annual conference on October 19 and 20 in Washington, DC. It was a terrific program! And a special thank you to Dave Harrington and Tristan Coughlin for organizing the pub crawl. A great time was had by all.

In addition to the interesting panel presentations and camaraderie among colleagues, the committee made a sizable donation to the Fisher House at the Walter Reed Medical Center that will be used to purchase a grill that can be used by the military families staying there while their soldiers are being treated at Walter Reed.

Thank you to Gary Halbert for introducing us to this worthy organization and for delivering our donation to the Fisher House, to Piper Aircraft and JetBlue for donating airplane models to be used as raffle prizes, and to Jonathan Stern and the Schnader Harrison, Segal & Lewis law firm for donating their winnings from the raffle to the Fisher House.

We also recognized Ethan McInteer, a recent graduate of Washburn University School of Law and an L.L.M. Candidate in the Air and Space Law Program at the University of Mississippi School of Law, as the winner of our committee’s Second Annual Law Student Writing competition. His paper on THE AGE OF UNMANNED AVIATION: PROTECTION OF PRIVACY is available here.

We are still looking for articles to include in the next issue of our committee’s newsletter, so if you would like to submit one, please reach out to Leanne Capps, our newsletter editor, at

I hope everyone enjoys the Fall and the upcoming holidays and encourage you to make plans to attend the TIPS Section Conference next May in Los Angeles.

Jenny Henry

Committee Chair

2017 Aviation Litigation Committee Conference

As with every year, this year tackled a wide variety of subjects with speakers who work in the heart of the industry. One such panel debated what it took to prove and defend PTSD claims. “Proving and Defending Claims of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”, from left to right – David Harrington (Condon Forsyth), Justin Green (Kreindler & Kreindler), Tracey Campbell (Global Aerospace), Ricardo Martinez-Cid (Podhurst Orseck)

One 2017's panels at our annual CLE in Washington, DC - General Counsel Panel, from left to right - Marc Nichols (Rolls Royce), Doug Hensley (GE), Steven Greenspace (UTC), Aaron Alter (Hawaiian Airlines), Margaret Magill (HW), Angela Savino (Moderator, Global Aerospace).

Congratulations to our 2017 student writing competition winner, Ethan McInteer. Photograph, left to right - David Harrington (Condon Forsyth), Garrett Pendleton (AIG Insurance), Ethan McInteer, law student.

Another impressive panel at 2017’s CLE in Washington, D.C. – “Is the Plan to Privatize the Air Traffic Control System a Good Idea?”. Left to right – Barry Benson (Dept. of Justice), Stephen Christmas (Serco, Inc.), Darren Gaines, LeighAnn Kirby (NAV CANADA).

Previous Aviation and Space Law Event: Aviation and Space Law Committee National Program

We were honored to host our 2015 CLE luncheon speaker, Jeffrey Shane, General Counsel of IATA.
From left to right: Jim Blaney of British Airways, Gary Halbert of Holland & Knight, Hon. Frederick Marshall of the Supreme Court of New York, Jeffrey Shane, General Counsel of IATA, Orla Brady of Department of Justice, David Harrington of Condon & Forsyth, and Steve Wood of Chuhak & Tecson.

Jennifer Urban, 2016 Annual Aviation and Space Law Student Writing Competition winner. Also pictured, Garrett Pendleton, competition co-organizer. Not pictured, co-organizer David Harrington.

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    The event will be held on 07/17/2018. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are ABACLE,Center For Professional Responsibility,Law Practice Division,Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section,Section of State and Local Government Law. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

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    The event will be held on 07/18/2018. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are ABACLE,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section,Section of Litigation. The event has 1.00 CLE Credits .

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    The event will be held on 07/18/2018. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Cybersecurity Legal Task Force,ABACLE,Center For Professional Responsibility,Law Practice Division,Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Section of International Law,Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section,Judicial Division,Section of Litigation,Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section,Law and National Security Advisory Committee,Senior Lawyers Division,Section of Science & Technology Law. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

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