The Aviation Lawyer

Let me start by introducing myself.  My name is Dane Jaques and I am a law partner in the international law firm Dentons.  I have been practicing aviation law for nearly 30 years.  I am also a former professional pilot.  Prior to attending law school, I spent six years working as a motorcycle mechanic, so I know what it means to spin wrenches for a living. 

Much of my legal work involves assisting air carriers, repair stations, aircraft component manufacturers, pilots, mechanics and dispatchers with FAA regulatory issues.  While I never cease to be impressed with the dedication, attention to detail and commitment to safety on the part of nearly everyone in the aviation industry, I have found that most of us could use a refresher on the ever-changing landscape of aviation law and regulation.  I have also found that there are many areas of aviation law and regulation where there is a big difference between what the industry believes and what the FAA and the courts have held.    

The purpose of this column is to provide real-world lessons that you can use to enhance your awareness of key legal issues affecting the aviation industry generally and maintenance professionals in particular.  I promise to keep each column brief, and would be happy to respond to any questions you may have on my writings.    

Please email me at to submit any aviation law and regulation questions that you would like to see addressed in future columns.

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