Brian Kersey devotes his business and corporate practice to a wide array of aviation and financial transactions. As a combination of those practice areas, he has a particular focus on aircraft financing transactions.
Prior to law school, Brian was a commercial loan officer with a large regional bank. He draws from this background in his representation of both lenders and borrowers in syndicated loan facilities, secured and unsecured term loans and revolving credit facilities, real estate loans, asset-based lending, and construction lending. He has also been recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network as a Leading Lawyer in corporate finance law.
In aviation matters, Brian represents clients ranging from individuals buying or selling single-engine aircraft to high net worth individuals, family offices, and corporate flight departments acquiring or disposing of large cabin jets. He also frequently represents fixed based operators, Part 135 charter operators, and flight schools.
Brian advises on a variety of transactions and issues including U.S. and international purchases and sales, regulatory compliance (for both Part 91 and Part 135 operations), risk management, tax planning, aircraft management, and leasing arrangements (for both aircraft and hangar space).
Clients value Brian’s practical counsel and his comprehensive assessment of both the risks and options unique to each transaction. He views his role as a deal-facilitator, not a deal-killer, and frequently uses “us” and “we” when talking with clients about their goals and objectives. Rather than simply offering legal advice as a means to an end, Brian seeks to build lasting relationships with clients and becomes their trusted advisor.
Brian is active in professional, business, and community circles as well. He served as the Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Aviation Law Section from 2017 to 2018, and is a member of the National Business Aviation Association and The Economic Club of Grand Rapids.
Brian is the president of the Bills Lake Association where he has a cottage, and he and his family have proudly supported Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for several years by creating handcrafted Christmas ornaments that they then sell at art and craft shows, with donations totaling more than $45,000 to date.
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