The Legal Affairs Committee provides airport attorneys with a forum to share information about new developments in case law, statutes and regulations affecting airports; the Committee also monitors pending airport litigation.  Through its steering group, recommendations are made to the ACI-NA Board and Executive Committee regarding requests that ACI-NA file “friend of the court” briefs at the appellate stage of cases in federal and state court, where those cases are likely to have significant implications for U.S. airports.  The Committee reviews and edits draft briefs prior to filing.

In addition, the Committee drafts and edits comments filed in proceedings pending before administrative agencies of the federal government, and assists ACI-NA in informal discussions with those federal agencies.  The Committee, through the ACI-NA staff, maintains for the use of its members, sample language for various airport legal documents, e.g., policies, RFP’s, minimum standards, easements, etc.  The Legal Affairs Committee also responds to requests from the ACI-NA Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and other ACI-NA departments for information regarding legal issues affecting airports, and provides speakers to other ACI-NA committees on a variety of airport legal issues.

Finally, the Committee plans two important conferences for its members, held in the spring and fall annually. These conferences update airport lawyers throughout North America on the most pressing legal, regulatory and litigation issues facing airports. Speakers usually include private practitioners, airport attorneys and leading government regulatory officials from key agencies involved in airport and aviation issues.

Leadership

Chair
Peter Pierotti
Albuquerque International Sunport

Committee Secretary
Thomas Devine
(202) 293-8500

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Press Releases

American Airports Applaud President, Congress for Swift Passage of CARES ACT

WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today applauded the passage of The CARES Act […]

Airports Encouraged by REAL ID Extension

Implementation Should Wait Until Travel Recovers   WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke released the following statement after the U.S. Department […]

Airports Praise Deal on COVID-19 Relief

WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) today applauded agreement between Congress and the Trump Administration that will provide needed relief for U.S. airports facing at least $14 […]

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ACI-NA Commentary on Legal Affairs

Scott Pelley to Keynote Airports Council Annual Conference

Meet our 2020 Annual Conference Keynote Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) this week revealed that Scott Pelley, the award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent and former CBS Evening News anchor […]

Members of Congress Announce Framework for Infrastructure Bill That Includes a PFC Increase

Last week, ACI-NA welcomed the news of an infrastructure investment framework – called the “Moving Forward Framework” – which was announced by a group of Members of Congress, led by […]

LAX CEO: We Need to Bring the Passenger Facility Charge Back to its Original Buying Power

Last week, Los Angeles World Airports Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint addressed the Washington Aero Club at a lunch event in Washington, D.C. In her speech, Flint described Los Angeles […]

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