Legal Affairs Committee

The Legal Affairs Committee provides airport attorneys with a forum to share information about new developments in case law, statutes and regulations affecting airports; the Committee also monitors pending airport litigation.  Through its steering group, recommendations are made to the ACI-NA Board and Executive Committee regarding requests that ACI-NA file "friend of the court" briefs at the appellate stage of cases in federal and state court, where those cases are likely to have significant implications for U.S. airports.  The Committee reviews and edits draft briefs prior to filing.

In addition, the Committee drafts and edits comments filed in proceedings pending before administrative agencies of the federal government, and assists ACI-NA in informal discussions with those federal agencies.  The Committee, through the ACI-NA staff, maintains for the use of its members, sample language for various airport legal documents, e.g., policies, RFP's, minimum standards, easements, etc.  The Legal Affairs Committee also responds to requests from the ACI-NA Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and other ACI-NA departments for information regarding legal issues affecting airports, and provides speakers to other ACI-NA committees on a variety of airport legal issues.

Finally, the Committee plans two important conferences for its members, held in the spring and fall annually. These conferences update airport lawyers throughout North America on the most pressing legal, regulatory and litigation issues facing airports. Speakers ususally include private practitioners, airport attorneys and leading government regulatory officials from key agencies involved in airport and aviation issues.

Upcoming Events

  • January 11, 2017 - January 13, 2017 - Los Angeles, CA
    With so many parts in play at an airport, managing risk is a complex priority. Join airport risk managers, consultants and other airport colleagues to learn more about Enterprise Risk Management and Safety Management System, and ways to mitigate...
  • May 3, 2017 - May 6, 2017 - Amelia Island, FL
    ACI-NA will be bringing together airport legal professionals and consultants in Portland to identify and discuss the most pressing legal developments and issues associated with the industry. The event will include discussion panels, networking...
  • September 17, 2017 - September 20, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX
    Join ACI-NA in Fort Worth, TX for the premier event that offers unparalleled education and networking opportunities for the leadership of North America's airports. The conference will allow attendees the chance to discover the latest trends in...