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Gary B. Garofalo

Gary Garofalo is senior counsel at Garofalo Goerlich Hainbach PC (GGH).  His areas of specialty involve aviation regulatory and commercial transactions.  During his more than 50 years of experience in this field, he has counseled numerous domestic and foreign aircraft owners, operators and management companies on aviation-related regulatory requirements for serving the United States.

Gary began his aviation law career in 1965 with the Federal Aviation Administration.  During his three-year tenure with the FAA, Gary was exposed to all legal matters handled by the respective FAA offices, including FAA licensing requirements, enforcement cases against pilots and airlines, development of airworthiness directives, and interpretation of, and exemption from, FAA rules and regulations.

In April 1968, he entered private practice and eventually became a founding member of GGH.  Gary currently represents U.S. and foreign airlines, air taxis and commuters, major tour operators and travel agents, FBOs and FAA-licensed repair stations, airframe and parts manufacturers, and other aircraft owners and operators, including private individuals and corporate flight departments.  In the aircraft transactional area, Gary represents buyers, sellers, lessees and lessors of transport category and corporate aircraft.

Gary served on the FAA fractional ownership rulemaking committee, which resulted in recommendations that lead to the fractional ownership regulations found in Part 91, Subpart K. He also served on the steering committee for the FAA Part 125/135 aviation rulemaking committee.

Gary has delivered numerous papers at conferences sponsored by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Canadian Business Aircraft Association, European Business Aviation Association, Asian Business Aviation Association, American Bar Association (ABA), Federal Bar Association and Strategic Research Institute.  He has also published articles on FAA and DOT regulatory issues.

Gary has actively participated in the activities of NBAA’s Tax Committee and served as chairman of this committee for two years.  He has also served for two years as chairman of NBAA’s Operational Excellence Strategic Focus Team, which coordinates efforts of NBAA’s Tax Committee, Domestic Operations Committee and International Operations Committee.  He is a past chairman of the Air and Space Law Section of the Federal Bar Association’s Transportation Committee, a founding member of the National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association and a member of the ABA’s Forum on Air and Space Law.

Gary earned a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York in 1962.  In 1965 he received an LL.B from the University of Virginia School of Law.  Gary is admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia and the State of Connecticut.  He is a licensed and active private pilot.


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