Legal Affairs Committee Meeting - 2016 Annual Conference

Below are the speaker presentations presented during the 2016 ACI-NA Legal Affairs Committee Workshop on September 24 –  25, 2016 prior to the 2016 ACI-NA/World Annual Conference/World Annual General Assembly in Montreal, QC



September 24th, 2016


Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Raymond S. Ilgunas, Committee Chair, General Counsel, Los Angeles World Airports-Legal Department
  • Pierre Gagnon, Committee Vice Chair, Vice-président, Affaires juridiques et secrétaire, Aeroports de Montreal

Freedom of expression and the right to manifest (demonstrate) at airports in the European, Canadian and US context

Legal Issues in How Air Traffic Control Authorities Interact (or not) with Airports and Communities

  • George Donovan, Assistant General Counsel, Nav Canada
  • Andrew Charlton, Aviation Advocacy, Switzerland
  • Gary Norek, Director of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation Administration

Noise Potential Outcomes and Implications for Airports Arising from FAA Review of 65DNL Noise Significance Threshold

  • John Putnam, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell

Safety Management Systems (SMS)

  • Dave Bannard, Partner, Foley & Lardner
  • Pierre Gagnon, Vice-président Affaires juridiques et secrétaire, Aeroports de Montreal

How to legally manage Big Data in the airports business

  • Suzanne Morin, VP, Assistant GC and Chief Privacy Officer of Sun Life Financial
  • Fabrice Naftalski, Avocat Associé , Attorney at law Partner, EMEIA Head of Data Protection and IPIT Law Practice, Ernst & Young Société d'Avocats
  • Michael Stephens, General Counsel, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority

Transborder Issues in Ride-booking Company Operations at Airports

  • Cynji Lee, Dade County Attorney’s Office (Miami International Airport)
  • Anita Poston, Partner, Vandeventer Black (outside general counsel to Norfolk Airport Authority)


September 25th, 2016

Litigation Update

Legal Issues Relating to Car-Sharing Operations Arising at Airports

  • Gregory M. Scott. President, Merevir Consulting (Government Affairs Representative for American Car Rental Association (ACRA))

General FAA/Legislative Update

  • Eddie Angeles, Associate Administrator for Airports, FAA
  • Annie Russo, Vice President of Government and Political Affairs

Contract Language required by FAA in Airport Contracts

  • Joseph E. Manges, Airports and Environmental Law Division, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Aviation Administration

TSA Update

  • Francine Kerner, Chief Counsel, Transportation Security Administration

Airport General Counsel Panel – You’re Just Appointed as Airport General Counsel: Now What?

  • Tim Abbott Assistant County Attorney, Dade County Aviation Department
  • Tom Anderson, General Counsel Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
  • Ray Ilgunas, Committee Chair, General Counsel, Los Angeles World Airports-Legal Department
  • Leila Lahbabi Senior Assistant City Attorney/Airport Attorney, Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • Selma Lussenburg, Vice President Governance, Corporate Safety & Security, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Airport Law Roundtable

  • Louisville’s decision to “defederalize” the process of protecting airport approaches (tree trimming).  Does this approach hold promise for airports that have immediate action items that do not depend on AIP funding when the airport cannot obtain timely FAA approval to act?  Peter Kirsch, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch& Rockwell LLP