Aaron A. Goerlich

Aaron joined the firm of Garofalo Goerlich Hainbach PC in 1982 and became a principal in the firm in 1985.  He has specialized in aviation law throughout his tenure with the firm.

For over three decades Aaron has represented the full range of the firm’s clients, including corporate aircraft operators, aviation manufacturers, foreign and domestic air carriers, tour operators, cruise lines, and other companies engaged in air transportation and related businesses.  This work has included representation of clients before all of the U.S. federal agencies having jurisdiction over aviation issues, as well as certain foreign governmental agencies.   Aaron has conducted numerous seminars on U.S. Department of Transportation rules and regulations, and has served as an expert witness in that field.

In addition to his regulatory expertise, Aaron has performed extensive commercial and transactional work on behalf of the firm’s clients.  This has included aircraft sale, purchase and lease transactions as well as advice on regulatory and commercial matters affecting air carrier formation, merger and acquisition – particularly financial fitness, ownership structure and citizenship issues.  Aaron assists domestic and foreign air carriers, tour operators, corporate aviation departments and others in obtaining the licenses necessary to inaugurate or expand operations in the United States, including the use of unmanned aerial systems (drones) for commercial purposes.

Aaron received his B.A. and law degree, cum laude, from Tulane University in 1980, and practiced general civil litigation in Florida for two years before returning to his native Washington, D.C.  He is an active instrument-rated pilot, holds an AV (highest) rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and is a member of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and other professional organizations.  He is a member of the Regulatory Issues Advisory Group and the Domestic Operations Committee of the National Business Aviation Association, and has made numerous presentations at NBAA conferences and similar professional-education events.



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