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Charles F Donley

Charles F Donley

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP1200 Seventeenth Street NW WashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaUSA20036-3006

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WWL Ranking: Recommended
WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Charles F. Donley II is distinguished among peers thanks to his profound understanding of aviation regulation pertaining to a range of matters, from transactions to licensing. 


Charles F. Donley is a partner and chair of Pillsbury’s widely recognized Aviation, Aerospace and Transportation practice.  Mr. Donley’s work is focused exclusively on the representation of U.S.-based and non-U.S. based international airlines as well as aviation industry manufacturers and service providers, tour operators, airports, airline trade groups, travel agent industry associations, aircraft brokers and foreign governments.  He serves as U.S. counsel to nearly sixty international airlines based in the U.S., Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe.  Mr. Donley is listed consistently in Chambers USA as one of the leading aviation attorneys in the United States and is recognized worldwide as an aviation authority.

Mr. Donley has more than thirty years of experience representing aviation clients before the Department of Transportation, FAA, TSA, Customs and Border Protection, National Transportation Safety Board, and Departments of State, Homeland Security and Justice, in addition to various state and local agencies.  He has extensive experience in aviation licensing, enforcement and operating matters, and frequently provides advice to senior client management on issues involving codesharing, international route authority, joint ventures, antitrust immunity bilateral negotiations, aviation safety and security, and aircraft ownership and leasing.

Mr. Donley’s experience is not limited to regulatory representation.  He has considerable experience in counseling aviation industry clients in a wide variety of commercial matters, including aircraft sale and lease agreements, airline alliances, joint marketing arrangements, MRO contracts, aircraft handling and servicing agreements, advertising and publicity agreements, and licensing and confidentiality agreements.

Mr. Donley received his A.B. (Phi Beta Kappa) from Cornell University and his J.D. from the University of Illinois, where he was a Harno Scholar.

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