Laura M Safran QC, is a partner in the firm's Calgary office and the head of the firm's national aviation law practice group.
Ms Safran held the position of vice president, law and corporate secretary of Canadian Airlines International. Since returning to private practice a number of years ago, she has represented a wide variety of aviation-industry clients, including fixed-wing and helicopter carriers, aircraft leasing companies, charterers, international aviation associations, foreign carriers, aviation underwriters, manufacturers, aircraft maintenance and repair facilities, aviation employee associations and aircraft financiers in a variety of aviation law matters, including aircraft purchases, sales, leases and financings, airport-related issues, aviation safety issues, aviation claims work, aviation employment issues, airline operational matters, fractional ownership issues, Canadian aviation regulatory issues (including licensing and certification) and international air law issues.
Laura completed the update to the Canadian Encyclopedia Digest (4th edition) on aviation (Carswell), the first update since 1998. She also provided Canadian updates to the IATA Liability Reporter for a number of years, as well as being the sole Canadian contributor to Getting the Deal Through - Air Transport (most recent edition published in 2014) and The Aviation Law Review (most recent publication in 2014). She has also spoken widely on aviation law issues, including at the International Air and Space Law Symposium held in Beijing by the China University of Political Science and Law.
Laura is consistently noted as a leading lawyer by all of the noteworthy legal directories including Expert Guides' Guide to the World's Leading Aviation Lawyers, Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law and The Best of the Best (top 30 aviation lawyers globally) 2014; the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory; Best Lawyers in Canada; and Who's Who Legal. Chambers Global ranks Laura in Band 1 for transportation: aviation. She has also been named one of Canada's most powerful women (2004) in the Globe & Mail, as well as one of the leading women lawyers in Canada (2009) by Lexpert.
Laura is a member of the boards of directors of the Calgary Airport Authority and of the Van Horne Institute and was appointed by the minister of transport as a part-time member of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.
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