• Tad Allan
      400 South Hope Street
      Los Angeles, CA, 90071
      Phone: +1-213-430-6670
      Fax: +1-213-430-6407
  • David Beddow
      1625 Eye Street, NW
      Washington, DC, 20006
      Phone: +1-202-383-5362
      Fax: +1-202-383-5414
  • Ben Bradshaw
      1625 Eye Street, NW
      Washington, DC, 20006
      Phone: +1-202-383-5163
      Fax: +1-202-383-5414
  • Riccardo Celli
      Blue Tower
      Avenue Louise 326
      1050 Brussels
      Phone: +32-0-2-642-4134
      Fax: +32-2-642-4190
  • Chris Hollinger
      Two Embarcadero Center, 28th Floor
      San Francisco, CA, 94111
      Phone: +1-415-984-8906
      Fax: +1-415-984-8701
  • Qiang Li
      Plaza 66, Tower 1, 37th Floor
      1266 Nanjing Road West
      Shanghai, 200040
      Phone: +86-21-2307-7018
      Fax: +86-21-2307-7300
  • John-Paul Motley
      400 South Hope Street
      Los Angeles, CA, 90071
      Phone: +1-213-430-6100
      Fax: +1-213-430-6407
  • Eric A. S. Richards
      400 South Hope Street
      Los Angeles, CA, 90071
      Phone: +1-213-430-6552
      Fax: +1-213-430-6407
  • Robert Siegel
      400 South Hope Street
      Los Angeles, CA, 90071
      Phone: +1-213-430-6005
      Fax: +1-213-430-6407

  • Alaska Airlines
    American Airlines Group
    Asiana Airlines
    Delta Air Lines
    International Lease Finance Corporation
    • America West Airlines, Inc.
      ASTAR Air Cargo, Inc.
      Atlas Air, Inc.
      China Eastern Airlines
      Continental Airlines
      Federal Express Corp.
      GIC Special Investments Pte Ltd.
      Northwest Airlines, Inc.
      Pacific Southwest Airlines, Inc.
      Piedmont Airlines, Inc.
      Polar Air Cargo, Inc.
      Port of Oakland
      Shuttle, Inc.
      Southwest Airlines
      StatesWest Airlines, Inc.
      The Flying Tiger Line Inc.
      United Airlines, Inc.
      Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority


For more than a half century, O’Melveny has helped major airlines, airport owners and operators, investors, and developers achieve success in the fiercely competitive aviation business. Along the way, we and our clients have partnered to produce many of the legal breakthroughs and seminal business events that have shaped the industry.

It is this hard-earned track record that makes us the counsel of choice for the biggest names in aviation. Examples of our accomplishments include:

  • Spearheading the first post-deregulation merger of US airlines, and playing a decisive role in virtually every significant ownership change since, including the merger of Northwest and Delta, the merger of United and Continental, and the merger of US Airways and American Airlines
  • Assisting on more than 50 airport projects in the last two decades—representing more than 35 airports in nine countries, and an aggregate value of nearly US$20 billion
  • Brokering the first successful international route sale under US regulatory authorities
  • Prevailing before the US Supreme Court in the case that produced the Court’s seminal ruling on aircraft noise regulation
  • Successfully handling numerous “bet the company”-scale labor, employment, and union-related cases in federal district and appellate courts across the United States, including cases that produced many of the most significant court decisions issued to-date under the Railway Labor Act
  • Negotiating and structuring the first-ever attempted privatization of a US airport

Our value proposition is our ability to combine a deep understanding—backed by decades of in-the-field experience—of the aviation business with a sophisticated knowledge of the legal, regulatory, and market forces impacting our clients.

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