Legal Symposium 2014
Corporate Counsel’s 25th Annual General Counsel Conference
Kenneth P. Quinn
Mr. Quinn is a partner and co-leader of the law firm's top-ranked aviation practice. He has served on the Governing Committee and as General Counsel and Secretary of the Flight Safety Foundation since 2004. In 2011, he was elected Vice Chair of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Task Force on Safety Information Protection. He has served on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Air & Space Law since 1994, including as Chair in 1996-98, and as Editor-in-Chief of its legal journal, The Air & Space Lawyer, from 1997-2010. Mr. Quinn was Chief Counsel of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration from 1991-93, and served as counselor to the Secretary of Transportation from 1989-91. He was a Senior Advisor to the Office of the President-elect in 1988.
Mr. Quinn was named a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2006, and has served as counsel on the Board of its D.C. Chapter since 2008. He has served on the Board of the International Aviation Law Institute of DePaul University since 2005, and as an Editor of the Annals of Air and Space Law of McGill University since 2006. He has served on the Board of the International Aviation Club since 2008 and recently was elected Secretary.
He acts as regulatory, enforcement, antitrust, commercial, criminal, and litigation counsel to several domestic and international airlines, aerospace companies, airports, lenders/lessors, private equity/hedge funds, online travel agents, and other aviation companies. His recent efforts include representing Japanese battery manufacturer GS Yuasa relating to FAA, NTSB, and JTSB investigations, and other matters arising out of the Boeing 787 battery incidents and grounding. He is representing Delta Air Lines in certain regulatory and litigation matters, American Airlines in a major financing, Airbus in transactional matters, GECAS in international and regulatory issues, Bombardier and Learjet in certification and enforcement matters, and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and US Contract Tower Association (USCTA) in litigation against the FAA in the Ninth Circuit over its decision to close 149 contract towers. He represented Australian company IFM regarding the potential privatization of Midway airport in the past year, after successfully representing Aerostar, the winning bidder and a 50-50 partnership of Highstar Capital and ASUR, a Mexican airport holding company, in the public-private partnership to manage Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is also representing the Aviation Working Group, a large coalition of aerospace companies, lenders, lessors, and law firms, regarding aircraft registration and non-citizen trust issues.
He represents Japanese aircraft seat manufacturer Koito in FAA, EASA, and JCAB airworthiness, compliance, and claims issues. He has represented private equity funds in airline acquisitions, and a syndicate of lenders in an airline bankruptcy and restructuring.
He is representing several aircraft and rotorcraft manufacturers in DOT, FAA, and EASA matters. He has represented the city of Chicago in airport matters for over 15 years, and represented the city in litigation against FEMA in the Northern District of Illinois. He represented Panama City, FL in the relocation of its airport and in an environmental challenge in the Second Circuit.
He is increasingly representing several Fortune 100 companies, universities, and entities with interests in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. He represents several of the largest real estate developers in the U.S. regarding airspace hazard issues. He represents a large number of Fortune 100 companies on aircraft charter and fractional ownership issues. He regularly counsels airlines, governments, and investors on foreign ownership issues, having helped manage these issues in government and by serving as lead counsel on the seminal Virgin America case, including oral argument in successfully defending the case on appeal before the D.C. Circuit.
Mr. Quinn has been particularly active in broadband wireless interference issues with the GPS signal, and criminal investigations and prosecutions of aviation accidents around the globe. He has represented multiple clients in FAA and NTSB investigations and criminal prosecutions after airline crashes, including as lead counsel in the successful defense of SabreTech in the criminal investigations and prosecutions following the ValuJet 592 crash. He represented a coalition of the largest aviation security companies following 9/11.
He has served as a party-appointed mediator, and as Chief Judge of an AAA/ICDR arbitral panel in aviation disputes, as well as an expert in an aviation law legal malpractice case.
Mr. Quinn served two terms as Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C. (2010 and 2011). He formerly served as Chair of its Stewardship and Development Committee, and on its Faith Formation Committee. He is Fourth Degree, Knight of Columbus, a member of the Federalist Society and Army Navy Country Club, and a Patron of the Vatican Art Museum. He is married with five children, and resides in McLean, Virginia.
- Chambers USA, Aviation Regulatory—National (2006-2013)
- Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) (2010-2014)
- Who's Who Legal, Aviation: Regulatory—DC (2009-2013)
- Best of the Best USA, Aviation, Euromoney/Legal Media Group (2009, 2011-2013)
- Guide to the World's Leading Aviation Lawyers, Euromoney/Legal Media Group (2007-2013)
- Irish Legal 100 (2010-2012)
- Value Add Award Deal of the Year, Windfarm Project Financing, Infrastructure Journal