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Pamela L. Meredith

Phone: (202) 625-4890

Pamela L. Meredith advises clients in the following areas: Commercial space project planning and implementation, commercial space transactions, risk management and insurance, licensing and regulation, export controls, dispute resolution, and commercial arbitration.

Ms. Meredith has been an Adjunct Professor of Satellite Communications and Space Law at American University's law school in Washington, D.C. since 1989.



Practice Areas

Contracts. Ms. Meredith advises on satellite and launch-related transactional matters, e.g., satellite and space hardware and service procurements, space asset acquisitions, and satellite-related joint ventures and alliances. She drafts and negotiates launch services agreements, satellite procurement contracts, satellite service agreements, transponder leases, hosted payload contracts, geospatial services contracts, and ground station service agreements. Ms. Meredith has also provided expert testimony in arbitration and litigation.

Dispute Resolution and Arbitration. Ms. Meredith counsels clients on commercial space contract dispute resolution and in arbitration. She is also on the American Arbitration Association/International Center for Dispute Resolution’s Panel on Aviation, Aerospace and National Security.

Insurance. Ms. Meredith advises clients on satellite and launch (including human spaceflight) project risk management and insurance. She drafts policy language, provides coverage opinions, and advises on coverage defense.

U.S. Government Consultation. Ms. Meredith represents satellite and aerospace clients in consultations with the U.S. government, including the White House, Congress, Department of State, Department of Defense, and NASA. She also advises on bilateral and multilateral satellite and space-related intergovernmental agreements.

Export. Ms. Meredith counsels clients on U.S. government export controls, including ITAR and EAR licensing and compliance. She helps obtain licenses and approvals, including for technical assistance agreements (TAA) and technology retransfers.

FAA Licensing. Ms. Meredith advises clients on the Commercial Space Launch Act.  She represents clients before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in licensing and  rulemaking proceedings and on compliance matters. She has also advised the FAA and foreign government agencies on developing launch regulation.  She testified before a Congressional subcommittee on the Commercial Space Launch Act and human space flight legislation.

FCC Licensing. Ms. Meredith has assisted or advised on foundational FCC satellite rulemaking and licensing proceedings for fixed satellite service (C-, Ku- and Ka-bands), mobile satellite service (geostationary, "Big LEO" and "Little LEO"), and position-location service. She has also testified as an expert witness in litigation on the interpretation of FCC regulations.

Memberships. Ms. Meredith chaired the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' (AIAA) Legal Aspects Committee (2005-2010). She served on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Air & Space Law (2012-2014).  She is a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C. 


  • McGill University, Air & Space Law Institute (LL.M., 1983)
  • University of Oslo School of Law (J.D. equivalent, 1981)


  • District of Columbia; New York

Media Coverage

The Air & Space Lawyer (American Bar Association), 2017, “Space Law Then, Now, and in the Future: A Conversation with Pamela Meredith and Laura Montgomery.”

Washington Lawyer, December 2017, "50 Years of Space Law: Time to Rewrite the Rules?"

Select Publications

Textbook: Space Law: A Case Study for the Practitioner (Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992) (with George Robinson)

The American Review of International Arbitration (Columbia University), 2013, “Commercial Satellite Contract Arbitration” (with Marshall Lammers).

The Air & Space Lawyer (American Bar Association), 2012, “Commercial Spaceflight: The ‘Ticket to Ride,’” (with Marshall Lammers).

Air Transport, Air & Space Law and Regulation (Abu Dhabi, April 2009), “Commercial Space Transportation: Risk, Liability and Insurance.”

The Air & Space Lawyer, 2008, "Space Insurance Law--With a Special Focus on Satellite Launch and In-Orbit Policies."

Journal of Space Law, 1999, "Space Technology Exports: The Current Political Climate" (with Sean P. Fleming). 

Satellite Finance, 1998, "Financing a Communications Satellite Venture: Assessing Regulatory Risk is Key" (with Rachel B. Trinder).

Proceedings of the XXXVII Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 1994, "Damage Caused by Orbital Debris to a Commercial Satellite: Liability Issues Raised by a Hypothetical Case Scenario." 

Cambridge University Press, 1994, "A Legal Regime for Orbital Debris:  Elements of a Multilateral Treaty." 

Proceedings of the XXXV Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 1992, "Spacecraft Motion Management (SMM): Institutional and Legal Frameworks." 

The Air and Space Lawyer, 1992, "Implementing a Telecommunications Satellite Business Concept: The Necessary Legal Steps." 

Proceedings of the XXXIV Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 1991, "Risk Allocation Provisions in Commercial Launch Contracts."

The American University Journal of International Law and Policy, 1991, "Legal Implementation of Space Debris Mitigation Measures."

California Western Law Review, 1990, "Privately-Owned Commercial Telecommunications Satellites: Licensing and Regulation by the Federal Communications Commission" (with Franceska Schroeder). 

Proceedings of the XXXIII Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 1990, "Implementing a Telecommunications Satellite Business Concept: Overview and Relative Timing of Legal Actions." 

Journal of Space Law, 1989, "Status of the 'Patents in Space' Legislation in Congress." 

Proceedings of the XXXII Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 1989, "A Comparative Analysis of United States Domestic Licensing Regimes for Private Commercial Space Activities." 

Journal of International Law, 1986, "The Legality of Launch Vehicle Passage Through Foreign Airspace." 

National Legal Center for the Public Interest, 1986, "Domestic Commercialization of Space:  The Current Political Atmosphere" (with George Robinson), Nordic.

American Journal of International Law, 1984, "The Legality of a High Technology Missile Defense System: The ABM and the Outer Space Treaties."