Mark W. Atwood focuses on legal issues affecting the aviation and aeronautics industries. He represents a variety of clients, including U.S. and foreign airlines, airports, leasing companies, brokers, aerospace manufacturers, repair stations, and airline investors before the courts, regulatory agencies, and Congress.
He also counsels U.S. clients in their regulatory affairs before foreign governments, advises airlines in financial structuring, and represents parties to aircraft acquisition transactions. Mark has been involved in a variety of developments in the aviation industry, from airline mergers and formation of new air carriers to development of federal rules and policies on aircraft safety, security, and airport security.
Mark has participated as a member of the U.S. delegation in the negotiation of a number of international air transport agreements, advised a number of clients doing business in China and the former Soviet Union, lectured representatives of the Chinese government, airline industry, and airport management on regulation of aviation, advised foreign governments on civil aviation matters, and regularly counsels a major US airport on development of international air service.
He authored the first chapter (“The Chicago Convention”) of the book Aviation Regulation in the U.S. (ABA Book Publishing, 2014), edited by Cozen O’Connor member David Heffernan. Chambers & Partners USA also ranked Mark as a leader in Nationwide Aviation Regulatory; he is also listed in Expert Guides: Aviation.
Mark frequently represents clients in matters arising out of aircraft leases, and has presented numerous seminars on aircraft leasing in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Mark received his law degree from the University of Southern California in 1978, and his undergraduate degree from Loyola University Maryland in 1974.
- Represented the largest aviation trade organization in presenting the industry’s response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s request for suggestion in regulatory reform.
- Represented two U.S. cargo airlines before the Office of Management and Budget in successful effort to exempt cargo carriers from the new FAA flight and duty time regulations.
- Represented helicopter manufacturer before the FAA in obtaining approval of increased operating weight.
- Continue to advise a number of foreign-based clients in compliance with U.S. sanctions and import restrictions against Iran.
- Represented and advised trustee in bankruptcy in successful reorganization and sale of passenger air carrier.
- University of Southern California, J.D., 1978
- Loyola University Maryland, A.B., 1974
BAR ADMISSIONS : California; District of Columbia
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- American Bar Association
- American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
- Inter-American Bar Association
- International Aviation Club
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