William Karas represents aviation clients in a variety of complex and dynamic regulatory and commercial settings. Bill’s multi-tiered practice encompasses economic regulation, airline antitrust matters, and general commercial transactions.
He is deeply ingrained and esteemed in the aviation industry, and his extensive regulatory experience enables him to address a variety of aviation matters, Department of Transportation (DOT) enforcement actions, strategic airline alliances, cabotage issues, citizenship matters, route authorizations, airport fee disputes, air political matters, and numerous other relevant rulemakings and regulatory initiatives.
On the antitrust front, Bill has years of experience defending airlines in class action antitrust litigation and in pursuing antitrust immunity for airline joint ventures in DOT proceedings.
As a recognized authority in the field, Bill is also frequently sought after to counsel clients on business law issues relating to airline bankruptcy/reorganization. He also advises ocean shipping interests on various maritime-related issues, including the Jones Act, compliance with shipping statutes, and clearances through the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
- Former President, Maritime Administrative Bar Association
- International Aviation Club
- J.D., Rutgers University School of Business, 1970
- B.A., Columbia College, 1961
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