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Pillsbury Pillsbury Pillsbury
Washington, DC
2300 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1122
Tel. +1.202.663.9264
Fax. +1.202.663.8007
District of Columbia
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
J.D., Tulane University Law School
B.A., Brandeis University


Josh Romanow

Josh Romanow

Josh Romanow heads the Corporate & Securities practice in the Washington, DC office of the law firm and focuses on airline, transportation, travel and hospitality industry matters.

He leads Pillsbury's Travel, Leisure & Hospitality group, and is a television and radio analyst on airline, travel and transportation issues. His clients include international airlines, hotels and resorts, cruise lines, tour operators, travel and hospitality companies, ticket agents, casinos, sports teams and on-line travel companies.

Mr. Romanow serves as U.S. legal advisor to over a dozen international airlines from Europe, Asia, Latin America, Caribbean and Africa, and advises on corporate, commercial, aircraft leasing, transactional and regulatory matters for U.S. operations; U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration route licenses, permits, and traffic rights; code-share agreements and alliances, ACMI agreements and wet leasing, open skies and Air Service Agreements, disputes, compliance investigations, enforcement proceedings, and other legal matters for U.S. operations. Mr. Romanow led the Pillsbury team that successfully secured the first U.S. Department of Transportation approval of a wet lease from a non-U.S. airline to a U.S. airline (2010-2011), and has extensive experience with U.S. wet leasing, ACMI agreements and charter operations.

Mr. Romanow has many years of experience with the U.S. Department of Transportation's advertising and sales rules, "full fare" advertising requirements, and the new DOT Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections Rules (EAPP II) issued in 2011. He regularly advises airlines, tour operators, ticket agents and a variety of travel and hospitality industry companies on compliance with these regulations including print, broadcast, on-line, and social media advertising; sales, ticketing; baggage fees, Tarmac Delay Contingency Plans, Customer Service Plans, Contracts of Carriage, and the Montreal Convention; and defends clients in compliance investigations and enforcement cases.

He represents clients in matters involving:

  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
  • U.S. State Department
  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)

Mr. Romanow also advises clients on Air Service Agreements. He acts for international airlines from a variety of countries in bilateral and multilateral negotiations before the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Transportation, UK Department for Transport (DfT), and other Civil Aviation Authorities. He has advised on Open Skies Agreements involving the U.S., EU, UK and other countries, and spoke on Air Service Agreements and Airline Licensing at the Luchtvaart Conferenti, a gathering of Dutch, EU and Netherlands Antilles Ministers, Members of Parliament and government officials evaluating the Air Transport Policy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Mr. Romanow is legal advisor to several international charter airlines and charter operators on legal and commercial issues involving U.S. licenses, DOT Public Charter regulations (Part 380), contract negotiations; DOT bond/escrow requirements, and passenger protection rules.

Representative Matters
International Airlines
  • U.S. legal advisor to Air New Zealand in connection with USA operations.
  • U.S. legal advisor to Hainan Airlines (China) in launch of USA operations and historic Beijing - Seattle Route.
  • U.S. legal advisor to Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (Norway) and Norwegian Long Haul in launch of USA operations.
  • U.S. legal advisor for Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia on USA operations.
  • U.S. legal advisor to Cayman Airways for USA operations.
  • U.S. legal advisor to Jeju Air (Korea) in launch of USA operations / licensing.
  • U.S. legal advisor to Insel Air International B.V. (Netherlands Antilles) and Insel Air Aruba N.V. in connection with USA operations/launch of USA routes.
  • Representing EuroAtlantic Airways (Portugal) with regard to USA operations /wet leasing / traffic rights.
  • U.S. legal advisor for TAME EP (Ecuador) in launch of USA operations.
  • Representing Travel Service and Smart Wings (Czech Republic) with launch of USA operations / licensing.
  • Advising Privilege Style Lineas Aereas, S.A. (Spain) in connection with U.S. licensing and U.S. operations.
  • Representing Yangtze River Express (China) for USA cargo operations / traffic rights / licensing.
  • U.S. legal advisor to Calima Aviacion (Spain) for USA traffic rights / wet leasing.

Professional Experience
  • International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers, 2013
  • Contributor to USA Today, National Public Radio, CNBC and Wall Street Journal Radio on aviation, travel law and transportation security issues.
  • Commentator in national media on airline, travel and transportation industry issues
  • Author of numerous articles on a variety of aviation and travel industry legal and regulatory matters
  • Previously worked for former Congressman John R. McKernan (R-Maine)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker; “USA 2013 - Wet Leasing / ACMI / Charters;” ACC Airline Conference - November 2012 (London)
  • Speaker; "USA Wet Leasing and Operations: New DOT Passenger Protection Rules;" ACC Airline Conference - November 2011 (London)
  • Speaker: "US Wet Leasing by non-US Airlines Takes Off"; ACC Airline Conference - November 2010 (London)
  • Moderator: "Risk Management: Insuring Against the Unpredictable in the Airline, Travel and Hospitality Industries" May 2010 (Pillsbury Webinar)
  • Moderator: "Airline Competition, Threats and Risks;" Airline Christmas Conference 2009 (London)
  • Speaker: "U.S. Air Service Agreements and Airline Licensing;" Luchtvaart Conferenti—Evaluating the Air Transport Policy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in a Regional and Global Context (Netherlands Antilles; 2009)
  • Speaker: "US Licensing for International Airlines;" Airline Christmas Conference 2008 (London)
  • Speaker: "The EU-US Open Skies Agreement;" Airline Christmas Conference 2007 (London)
  • Speaker: National Press Club; ASTA Travel Industry Conference (Washington, DC)

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