Hogan Lovells

Transportation: Aviation: Regulatory Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Highly acclaimed regulatory practice working with an impressive client roster comprised of airlines, airports and aviation industry manufacturers, as well as private equity firms and financial institutions. Excellent capability in acting for clients in compliance and legislation matters before government agencies. Frequently engaged in the technological aspects of aviation and offers an excellent unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or drone practice, particularly on behalf of entertainment and media industry clients. Also represents clients seeking regulatory approval for joint ventures in the sector.

Strengths Sources laud the "great, well-rounded practice" offered at Hogan Lovells, with one respondent reporting: "They are very focused on client service, providing timely and thoughtful answers to our problems."

Work highlights Acted for WestJet Airlines in its joint venture negotiations with Delta Air Lines, as well as its joint application to the DOT for antitrust immunity.

Notable practitioners

Senior counsel
Tazewell Ellett
continues to play a key role in the team, including responding to a range of issues raised by the FAA, as well as advising on significant regulatory changes and updates. One source said: "He is one of the godfathers of aviation and a walking encyclopedia."

Chair of the firm's global UAS practice
Lisa Ellman
is described by sources as "fantastic" and "one of the top people" in the drones space. In addition to her role at the firm, she also acts as executive director of the nonprofit organization Commercial Drone Alliance. In private practice, she provides drone-related regulatory advice to numerous industry leaders in the technology, e-commerce and robotics sectors.


Patrick Rizzi
"is one of the driving forces of the aviation practice," enthused a client, adding: "He is a diligent and highly responsive attorney, who pays great attention to detail." An experienced regulatory lawyer, he acts for an impressive range of clients, including commercial airlines and UAS industry players.


Robert Cohn
is much admired in the aviation sector for extensive experience working in the regulatory space. "He has a lot of great expertise in the aviation regulatory world," extols a source, adding: "He knows all the players in the market and offers a really important perspective." He continues to appear before government agencies on behalf of airlines and other industry players.