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
Pablo Nuesch
(202) 293-8500

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Remembering Debra Braga

Longtime ACI-NA member and past chair of the ACI-NA Legal Affairs Committee Debra Braga passed away.  ACI-NA is collecting condolence messages from her industry colleagues and will share them with her family.  Leave a message here >>

Press Releases

Dolliole Elected to Airports Council Board of Directors

WASHINGTON – Kevin Dolliole, Director of Aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, was today elected to the Board of Directors for Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), […]

Collaboration with Federal Agencies Essential to Restoring Aviation

ACI-NA today called for continued collaboration and coordination between the aviation stakeholders and the U.S. government as travel begins to resume with the release of “Runway to Recovery.”

Airports Council Launches ‘Ready for Every Journey’ Campaign as Travel Resumes

ACI-NA today launched its “Ready for Every Journey” campaign to help educate passengers and local communities about the steps airports are taking to protect health and safety as travel resumes following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Events

ACI-NA Commentary on Legal Affairs

Americans Are Starting to Fly Again

States around the country are taking their first steps to safely reopen our economy and to start rebuilding a sense of normal life. This Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial [...]

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 […]

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