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    Jennifer E. Trock

    Jennifer E. Trock

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    Jennifer Trock is a partner in the law firm's Aviation, Aerospace & Transportation practice and is located in the Washington, DC office. Jennifer is known for representing aviation, aerospace and UAS clients in complex regulatory, safety, enforcement, financing, acquisition and public-private partnership matters. She routinely handles all types of aviation regulatory issues, including matters before the DOT, FAA, TSA, NTSB and PHMSA. She advises on public-private partnerships (including for U.S. airports and infrastructure), M&As, foreign ownership and restructurings. A leader in Pillsbury’s UAS practice, Jennifer regularly contributes to the UAS blog and chairs the ABA’s Forum on Air & Space Law’s UAS committee. She has deep knowledge of FAA matters, including Part 77 obstruction evaluation, aviation safety and accident investigations.

    Ms. Trock has represented clients in petitions for reviews in the U.S. Courts of Appeals in a range of administrative and environmental challenges to DOT and FAA actions. She routinely handles FAA and DOT enforcement actions and investigations, and counsels clients on complaints with applicable aviation regulatory requirements. Jennifer has significant experience representing clients in investigations before the NTSB. She Served as outside counsel to Japanese battery manufacturer GS Yuasa regarding FAA, NTSB, and JTSB investigations, claims, and other matters arising out of Boeing 787 Dreamliner incidents and grounding.

    Ms. Trock routinely advises air carrier clients on DOT foreign ownership and economic requirements and FAA requirements. She has advised clients on DOT and FAA aspects of restructurings in bankruptcy proceedings, mergers/acquisitions, and certificate transfers. Ms. Trock was a key player in helping Virgin America obtain its certificate of public convenience and necessity and begin air service as a U.S. domestic carrier.

    Ms. Trock has extensive experience in FAA obstruction evaluation and airspace analysis for structures located near airports. She counsels real estate and energy clients on navigating FAA Part 77 obstruction evaluations matters, and regularly works with airspace engineers, developers, and the FAA to develop alternative air traffic procedures and mitigation measures to address FAA-related air traffic concerns.

    Ms. Trock focuses a substantial portion of her practice on aviation infrastructure-related matters, including representation of the winning bidder (Aerostar) in the first large scale successful privatization of the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport – the first major U.S. airport to successfully go through the FAA’s Airport Privatization Program. Financial Times named Pillsbury on its annual “US Innovative Lawyers” list due to the firm’s Aviation team’s groundbreaking work on airport privatization for this matter. She also has represented other bidders in connection with privatization initiatives in Chicago and in Texas.

    She has extensive experience representing airports, FBOs, repair stations, concessionaires, parking providers, and airlines on aviation infrastructure and facility matters, including ground leases, construction contracts, airport use and lease agreements, and concession agreements. She is well versed in airport funding mechanisms, including PFCs and AIP funds for infrastructure and related projects.

    Ms. Trock has extensive experience with the U.S. DOT’s Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programs, advising airport, contractors, and concessionaires on program development, implementation, and goal setting/meeting requirements.

    Ms. Trock’s experience also includes advising and representing:

    • Clients on UAS matters, including Part 333 exemptions, Part 107, and non-standard operations of sUAS and large UAS, testing and experimental certification matters before the FAA and in connection with public aircraft
    • operations;
    • Foreign and domestic airlines in aviation regulatory matters, including licensing, route proceedings, antitrust applications, certification, enforcement, compliance, restructuring and corporate matters;
    • Charter operators and Part 380 charters in an array of FAA and DOT matters;
    • Corporations and private individuals on corporate flight departments, Part 91 operations, time-share agreements, and executive use policies for corporate aircraft;
    • Online travel agents, ticket distributors, and GDS in a variety of regulatory and enforcement matters;
    • Clients on airport compliance and environmental matters, including NEPA reviews related to airport expansion or development, and grant assurance and PFC compliance; and
    • Aviation and non-aviation clients in enforcement actions related to the transportation of hazardous materials, including regulation and transportation of lithium ion batteries, and in matters before FAA and PHMSA, and on FOIA matters related to protection of confidential and proprietary information.

    Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Trock was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, where she advised on numerous regulatory matters, including airport security regulations, noise compatibility issues, airport grant assurances, federal funding, airport use and lease agreements, competition issues, ACDBE and DBE matters, and contracts.

    Honors & Awards
    • Recognized by Chambers USA, Aviation Regulatory – National (2007 – 2016) as a “’superb lawyer’ who is described as ‘extremely smart, hardworking and thoughtful.’”
    • Received honors from Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers, Infrastructure Journal and Washingtonian.
    • Member of the ABA Forum on Air and Space Law’s executive committee; serves as sponsorship liaison; and chairs its UAS committee
    • Chair of Pillsbury’s Women Attorneys Network
    • Value Add Award Deal of the Year, Windfarm Project Financing, Infrastructure Journal (2010)
    • Washington's Up and Coming Partner, Aviation, Washingtonian (2009)

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th, 9th and District of Columbia Circuits

    District of Columbia
    State of Illinois
    J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 1998
    B.S., Wheaton College, 1995
    cum laude

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