Top Aviation Official Joins Jones Day in Washington DC Office – US Legal Announcements

Expands Firm’s Expertise In Regulatory Issues for Airlines, Aerospace And Travel Companies

WASHINGTON–LAWFUEL – Legal Announcement Service –The international law firm Jones Day today announced that Andrew B. Steinberg will join the Firm’s government regulation practice as a partner in Washington effective May 1.

Mr. Steinberg comes to Jones Day after five years of public service at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he served both as the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs and as the Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration. He has also held a variety of high-level legal and executive posts in the travel and transportation industries, including executive vice president, and general counsel of, the travel website, and of Sabre Holdings, a leading travel technology and computer reservations systems company, and associate general counsel of American Airlines.

“Andy brings a unique blend of expertise from both the public and private sectors that will enable us to tackle the toughest regulatory issues for clients across the air transportation, aerospace and travel distribution sectors,” said Donald B. Ayer, partner in charge of Jones Day’s Government Regulation practice.

Mr. Steinberg’s tenure at the U.S. Department of Transportation was marked by several achievements, including conclusion of the historic “open skies plus” agreement liberalizing aviation between the United States and the European Union, negotiation of a new bilateral arrangement expanding airline services to China, and the completion of key safety rulemakings, airport environmental reviews, and technology procurements by the FAA. He also served as DOT’s lead representative to the U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organization at its 2007 assembly on global climate change and aviation. Mr. Steinberg is a leading expert on regulatory issues affecting air taxi services, avionics firms, aircraft manufacturers and other companies in the growing market for “on demand” air travel.

Mr. Steinberg earned a bachelor’s degree in politics in 1980 from Princeton University, magna cum laude, and his J.D. in 1984 from Harvard Law School, cum laude. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Richard A. Gadbois, Jr., United States District Judge (CD-California). Mr. Steinberg is admitted to practice in California, Texas and the District of Columbia.

“I’m deeply honored to join a firm with such a storied history in aviation law,” Mr. Steinberg said. He noted that Jones Day founding partner L. Welch Pogue (1899-2003) helped write the original rules for commercial airline travel while at the Civil Aeronautics Board, which he headed from 1942 to 1946, and represented the United States at the historic conference that produced the 1944 Chicago Convention, which still governs international aviation.

Today, Jones Day is an international law firm with 30 locations in centers of business and finance throughout the world. With more than 2,300 lawyers, including more than 400 in Europe, and 200 in Asia, it ranks among the world’s largest law firms. Jones Day acts as principal outside counsel to, or provides significant legal representation for, more than half of the Fortune Global 500 companies. Jones Day’s Washington office was established in 1946 and today has more than 200 lawyers practicing in an historic office building across the street from the U.S. Capitol.

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