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Lonnie Anne Pera


Title: Partner
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Practice Areas: Aviation; Customs & Trade; Export and Foreign Asset Control Matters; Transportation Security
Bucknell University (B.A., 1982); Catholic University of America (J.D., 1990); Staff Member, Catholic University Law Review, 1988-1989; Associate Editor, Catholic University Law Review, 1989-1990
Admissions: District of Columbia; Maryland
Phone: 202.973.7913

Lonnie Pera is a partner celebrating her 25th year at Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger.  Her practice focuses on three areas:  airline law and regulation; international aviation law; and international trade.  Her trade practice often overlaps with the firm’s aviation practice and focuses on export and foreign asset controls involving such countries as Cuba, Iran, Myanmar (Burma), North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Ukraine/Russia.

With respect to her aviation practice, Ms. Pera advises foreign and domestic airlines, aircraft operators, air charter brokers, and tour operators on a wide range of aviation-related matters.  She represents clients before the Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Her services include advising airline clients about air traffic rights under bilateral air service agreements as well as the licensing requirements under DOT’s economic regulations.  Ms. Pera has extensive experience in assisting air taxi operators and charter operators in obtaining DOT authorization under Parts 298 and 380, in complying with DOT’s advertising rules, and in negotiating charter and other air transportation agreements.  She also advises airline clients on aviation safety and security, including the international air carrier bond, APIS manifest, and Secure Flight requirements.  She has successfully challenged civil penalties for alleged transportation-related violations. 

In the international trade area, Ms. Pera counsels U.S. and foreign companies on the various regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) as well as on export controls imposed by the Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS).  Not only does she advise clients on the scope of permitted transactions (including flight operations, travel services, and carrier services), but she also prepares various types of applications for licenses to engage in restricted transactions.  Ms. Pera, moreover, develops compliance programs, counsels on the advantages and disadvantages of submitting voluntary disclosures to OFAC and/or BIS, defends against enforcement actions, and negotiates civil penalty settlements. 

While she advises on other sanctions programs, Ms. Pera has developed an expertise in U.S. sanctions against Cuba.  Notably, she obtained all required governmental authorizations and waivers for U.S. and Puerto Rican teams to participate in the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana and for the Cuban national team to participate in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.  She also obtained certain flight authorizations in connection with the 1999 Baltimore Orioles-Cuba baseball game in Havana, the 1999 return of Elian González to Cuba, the 2012 visit to Cuba by Pope Benedict XVI, and the 2015 visit to Cuba by Pope Francis. 

With overlapping practices, Ms. Pera regularly advises aviation clients on DOT/FAA and OFAC/BIS restrictions that apply to air transportation services.  These restrictions can impact an airline’s entire operation, from the sale and transportation of passengers and cargo to the exportation/reexportation of aircraft and spare parts. See U.S. Restrictions on Overflights and Air Transportation Services.

Ms. Pera is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association.


U.S. Restrictions on Overflights and Air Transportation Services - Lonnie A. Pera, 2017.

U.S. Changes Travel and Transportation Requirements to Cuba - Lonnie A. Pera, 2015.

DOT Proposes Charter Broker Regulations - Lonnie A. Pera, 2013.

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