WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today announced the appointment of Leila Lahbabi as its new deputy general counsel, effective January 1, 2023.
“As a knowledgeable and well-respected legal authority in the industry, Leila brings enormous value to ACI-NA and all of our members,” ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke said. “Her advice and counsel — informed by years of experience with airports and our partners — will be an incredible value-add to the entire organization and will help guide our efforts to continue moving the industry forward. We are thrilled to welcome Leila to the team.”
Lahbabi currently serves as lead counsel for Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, North Carolina. She will remain in this role through the end of 2022. At CLT, she provides legal counsel on issues related to airline affairs, concession agreements, business diversity plans, public art, ground transportation, leases, non-aeronautical land development, federal grant assurances, and federal regulations. Lahbabi also manages the Legal and Regulatory team for the City of Charlotte’s Aviation Department. Additionally, she serves as a vice chair of the Steering Group for ACI-NA’s Legal Committee.
Prior to her work at CLT, Lahbabi was a prosecutor for the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office. She earned her J.D. and a B.A with honors in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.