Field of Expertise:
Legal affairs, regulatory affairs, administrative and judicial proceedings, legislation, aviation policy
Tom rejoined ACI-NA as General Counsel in April, 2014. He provides legal and strategic counsel to the ACI-NA President, Board, and staff, and represents the interests of airports in regulatory, administrative, and judicial proceedings, as well as government-industry task forces and professional associations. He assists airport members on legal issues and serves as secretary to the Legal Affairs Committee.
Prior to rejoining ACI-NA, Tom spent 22 years representing airports in private practice on matters relating to rates and charges, use of airport revenue, PFCs, air service incentives, and other issues involving implementation of airport initiatives, while complying with federal requirements. He also served as General Counsel to the National Airline Commission in the summer of 1993, and spent 6 years as an FAA attorney in the Legislative Staff of the Chief Counsel’s Office, where he reviewed and drafted legislation, and prepared agency witnesses for congressional hearings.
Tom has chaired the Rising Hope Administrative Board for the past 3 years. He received a J.D. from Stanford Law School and an A.B. in Psychology from Stanford University.