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Rachel B. Trinder


Title: Partner
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Practice Areas: Administrative Law; Aerospace Safety; Aircraft Transactions; Antitrust; Aviation; Corporate & Business Matters; Customs & Trade; Export and Foreign Asset Control Matters; Government Contracts; Legislative; Litigation & Arbitration; Space Law; Transportation Security
Oxford University, England (M.A., 1977); University of Virginia (L.L.M., 1978)
Admissions: District of Columbia
Phone: 202.973.7927 (office); 703.927.5667 (mobile)

Rachel Trinder has worked as an aviation and aerospace advocate and consultant in Washington for more than thirty years, advising airports, air carriers, helicopter operators, financial institutions, civil aviation authorities, manufacturers, suppliers and other entities on an extensive range of domestic and international aviation and aerospace matters.  Rachel enjoys the highest rating - AV® Preeminent - from Martindale-Hubbell's "pinnacle in excellence" peer review rating process.  Rachel also is rated as one of the World's Leading Women in Business Law, and by the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association in The International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers as one of the world's leaders in the field.

Rachel has in-depth experience in regulatory matters and government affairs representation before the various agencies that oversee aviation and space issues, including the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Departments of State, Commerce, Justice, Treasury (including the Office of Foreign Assets Control), Homeland Security (including Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration), Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, the National Transportation Safety Board, and NASA.  She has extensive experience in airport and airline operational, safety and technical issues, air carrier and aircraft certification and registration, foreign air carrier start-up and service to the U.S., the negotiation and interpretation of aviation bilateral and multilateral agreements, transactions and financing, citizenship issues applicable to aviation entities and transactions, airport funding and grant assurances-including letters of intent and AIP funding-aviation safety and security matters, FAA Part 13 and 16 cases, export licensing and International Traffic in Arms Regulations, antitrust/ antitrust immunity, alliances and code-sharing, noise mitigation, air navigation hazards, passenger facility charges,  intellectual property matters, licensing agreements, International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) compliance, air service development, government contracts issues, charter and all-cargo matters, route selection proceedings, hazardous materials transportation issues, aviation emissions issues, business and general aviation matters, airport concession contracts, airport security plans, passenger and cargo arrivals/shipment processing (including CBP Model Ports issues), aircraft/airport rescue and firefighting standards, alternative minimum taxes applicable to airport bonds, environmental impact statements, airport/airline/tenant agreements, space launch issues, lease documentation, airport privatization, aviation marketing, and numerous other aviation and aerospace matters.  For many years she has advised one of the world's largest airport systems. 

A registered lobbyist, Rachel has extensive legislative experience, advising clients on congressional relations, developing federal agenda action strategies, securing federal grants and financial assistance, advising on legislative policy, bill drafting and passage, liaison with congressional offices, congressional advocacy, and testimony before congressional committees.  

Rachel also has an extensive background in appellate advocacy and business dispute resolution and litigation, including mediation and arbitration.  She has successfully litigated major appeals cases involving the aviation industry and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  She has advised several countries and foreign government agencies in connection with the negotiation of international agreements and compliance with international law requirements.  She also provides aviation and space consulting services as Executive Vice President of Farragut International, L.L.C., the firm's wholly-owned consulting affiliate, advising on marketing, new carrier service development, airport management and operations, government affairs matters, aviation infrastructure and safety issues, and space launch matters. 

Born in Africa and educated in the U.K. and the U.S., Rachel is active in the Washington aviation and legal community.  She served on the Board of Governors of the Aero Club of Washington from 1993-2007 and as the Club's President in 2000.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Aeronautic Association and was President of the International Aviation Club in 1986 and a member of its Board of Directors for several years.  She also has served as Chairman of the Federal Bar Association Section on International Law, Chairman of the Federal Bar Association Space Law Committee, and as a Board member of the International Aviation Women's Association.  Rachel also is a member of the National Transportation Bar Association and is involved in various other legal and business groups, including the Airports Council International, the American Association of Airport Executives, the Australia-American Association, the British American Business Association, the Helicopter Association International, and the Paris-based International Institute of Space Law.  She served for several years on the Board of the International Institute of Air & Space Law in the Netherlands, and as a Board member of the publicly traded (NYSE) Avemco Corporation, one of the world's largest insurers of general aviation aircraft.

Among her awards are the Federal Bar Association Distinguished Service award, an English Speaking Union Fellowship, and the Harmesworth Award from the Inns of Court, London.

Rachel is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  She is a speaker and author on a variety of aviation, space and business topics.

Rachel's primary focus is on highly focused advocacy and problem solving.  The first step in any project is an analysis of the client's needs and concerns, and the development of a strategy for addressing them.  The solution may be at the agency level, it may be operational, legislative, transactional, contractual, litigation or arbitration/mediation-based, or it may be a combination of approaches.  After close operation with the client, she develops the strategy and implements the plan designed to achieve the optimal result.  She believes in a hands-on, personalized relationship with clients directed at best addressing their concerns and goals and achieving execution of their plans as speedily as possible.

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Radio Interview:

Ms. Trinder was interviewed by Sky Radio for its "America's Most Influential Women" program, which airs on Sky Radio and United Airlines radio. You can listen to the interview by clicking below.

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"Financing a Communications Satellite Venture: Assessing Regulatory Risk is Key," Satellite Finance, June 11, 1998 (with Pamela L. Meredith).

"The International Airports of the Hong Kong, Macao, Shenzen Triangle: Can They All Succeed?" Annals of Air and Space Law, vol. XXI, Part I (1996).

"International Leasing of Aircraft: A Basic Introduction to the Operating Lease" in The Use of Air and Outer Space Cooperation and Competition, Kluwer (1998).

Book Review, The Power to Hurt, Inside A Judge's Chambers, The Federal Lawyer, 1996.

"U.S. Space Law: The Practical Implications of Recent Case Law Developments on Minimization of Litigation" in The Use of Airspace and Outer Space for all Mankind in the 21st Century, Kluwer (1995).

"Reflections on a Springtime Hungarian Rebirth," 39 Federal Bar News & Journal, 475 (1992).

"Open Skies," Note, 20 International Business Lawyer, Vol. 7, at 341 (1992).

"Dispute Resolution: A Proposal for Avoidance of Litigation in the Space Law Arena," in Air and Space Law, De Lege Ferenda (1992).

"A Perspective on the U.S. Approach to International Aviation in the Pacific," in The Highways of Air and Outer Space Law over Asia (1992).

Contributor, External Relations of the European Community, Wassenbergh (1992).

"Patents in Space: Why the New Federal Legislation is an Important Development for Both the Space Community and the Space Bar," 38 Federal Bar and News Journal, 396 (1991).

"Recent Developments in Space Law Litigation," 5 Georgetown Journal of Law &Technology, 45 (1991).

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