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Who We Are


Farragut is led by Rachel Trinder and Robert Francis, Executive Vice Presidents.

When our clients need consulting rather than legal advice, we offer a broad array of services through our affiliate, Farragut International, L.L.C.  We assemble for each task a team that has the blend of talents perfectly suited to that particular task. That team may be assembled from Farragut personnel, from within Zuckert Scoutt & Rasenberger's talent team, and/or from outside experts whom we know to be a perfect fit for a particular client need. The result is that the client gets exactly the team they need, nothing more and nothing less. Farragut, above all else, has been built to have the flexibility necessary to provide a customized response to each client's requirements. Central to the Farragut approach is that we make available to clients a wide range of experts who are not carried day-to-day as Farragut employees. This available-as-needed group of experts includes the more than 20 attorneys of Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger, L.L.P., many of whom specialize in, and have years of experience in, transportation. Others are experts in tax, government procurement, contracts, and business practices generally.  Our expert group also includes outside individuals who have proven ability in key areas, including some of the most respected marketing executives from the airlines, leaders in airport management, and highly experienced transportation economists and analysts.

Rachel Trinder has more than thirty years of experience in the aviation and commercial space legal and consulting fields.  She has particular experience in regulatory, contracting and international matters, and specializes in business counseling and creating innovative solutions to business challenges.  She works extensively with, among others, international and domestic airlines on a wide variety of technical and safety matters, and with airports and major commercial space entities worldwide.  Ms. Trinder also is an author and speaker on a wide variety of aviation and commercial space topics.  She can be reached at 202.973.7927.

Mr. Francis is past Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). In that capacity, he was the senior NTSB official at a number of transportation accident investigations, including the explosion and crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, New York; and the crash of ValuJet Flight 592 in the Florida Everglades. Mr. Francis also has chaired a number of NTSB public hearings. He is a member of the Flight Safety Foundation's ICARUS Committee, a group composed of worldwide aviation experts who gather informally to share ideas on reducing human error in the cockpit and NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel. He has specialized in international aviation safety issues, and has spoken extensively about the NTSB's international role. Mr. Francis is a recipient of an Aviation Week and Space Technology 1996 Laurels Award and was recognized by both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard for meritorious service in the TWA Flight 800 investigation. Mr. Francis had previously served as Senior Representative for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Western Europe and North Africa. Representing the FAA Administrator, he worked extensively on aviation safety and security issues with U.S. and foreign air carriers, transportation governmental authorities, aircraft manufacturers, and airports. He holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument and twin-engine ratings. He is a member of the French Academy of Air & Space, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a member of the Wings Club of New York, a trustee of the Aero Club of Washington, a member of the Board of Directors for Women in Aviation, International, and the Executive Council of NASA's Aviation Safety Program. He can be reached at 202.298.8660.


Meet Our Attorneys

Jol Silversmith's practice principally involves advising airlines, other aviation-related businesses, and governmental entities on such issues as government regulation (e.g., DOT and FAA), international bilateral relations, airport issues, litigation, antitrust, intellectual property, and government affairs.

Recent Firm Publications

FAA Enforcement of Airport Improvement Program Grant Assurances, 2014 - Jol A. Silversmith, 2015

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

FAA Issues Proposed Rules for Small Drones - Jonathon H. Foglia and Malcolm L. Benge, 2015.

DOT Enforcement of its Prohibitions on Unfair and Deceptive Practices, 2014 - Jol A. Silversmith, 2015.

Standard of Care vs. Claim Preemption Under the Federal Aviation Act - Alexander T. Simpson, 2014.

Ebola & Travel Ban Legal Concerns - David M. Endersbee and Alexander T. Simpson, 2014.

DOT Rules on Fare Advertising - Aviation Advisor, 2014.

Ebola, Airlines, and Denying Boarding on the Basis of Safety - David M. Endersbee and Alexander T. Simpson, 2014.

Transportation Antitrust Cases, 2013 - James A. Calderwood and Jol A. Silversmith, 2014.

Supreme Court Issues Preemption Decision in Frequent Flyer Class Action - Aviation Advisor, 2014.

Carrier Responsibilty for Responding to Consumer Complaints - David M. Endersbee and Alexander T. Simpson, 2014.

DOT Enforcement of its Prohibitions on Unfair and Deceptive Practices, 2013 - Jol A. Silversmith, 2014.


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