As a lawyer qualified on both sides of the Atlantic in three separate jurisdictions - New York, England and Ireland - and with the benefit of both private practice experience in Ireland and in-house counsel experience in the US, I feel uniquely placed to offer a cost-effective, industry-savvy, commercial alternative to solving legal resourcing issues for lessors, airlines, investors and others in the industry.
My time in this industry has also allowed me to cultivate a network of other trusted professionals who can form the basis of a broader team to address a client's specific requirements, should the need arise.
Aviation Capital Group, AVP, Legal
June 2011 - July 2015
Aviation Capital Group (ACG) is one of the world’s premier, full service aircraft asset managers with approximately 500 owned, managed and committed aircraft, leased to approximately 90 airlines in approximately 45 countries. ACG was founded in 1989 and is an indirect, majority-owned subsidiary of Pacific Life Insurance Company.
I spent a little over 4 years at ACG during which I was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Legal and became an officer of the company.
As an established leasing company with a dedicated and accomplished in-house legal team that touched just about every aspect of the business, my day-to-day practice at ACG included the leasing of new aircraft, managing the transition of mid-life and older aircraft, the trading of aircraft, engines and parts, large capital markets financings, managing and addressing aviation insurance issues, advising on contractual matters relating to third-party service providers and other counterparties and addressing discrete corporate legal queries often unrelated to the core business.
Matheson, Senior Associate
April 2004 - May 2011
Matheson is a premier, full-service
corporate law firm headquartered in
Dublin, Ireland. I spent 7 years at the firm, primarily as part of the Aviation Finance team within the Banking and Financial Services Group.
While at Matheson, I advised airlines, lessors and lenders on the financing and leasing of aircraft and other transportation assets. I also provided advice to industry players on a variety of contractual matters relating to their businesses, including ground-handling contracts, rotables financing, code-sharing arrangements and customer and third-party general terms agreements including those relating to maintenance, repair and overhaul engagements by lessors and airlines.
Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, Teacher
July 2001 - August 2002
I spent a year as an English language teacher and cultural coordinator in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Southern Honshu, Japan
New York State Bar, Third Department, 2015
Senior Courts of England and Wales, Solicitor, 2010 (non-practicing)
Roll of Solicitors of Ireland, 2007 (non-practicing)
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
Diploma in International Air Law, IATA Training and Development Institute, 2013
Diploma in Applied Finance Law, Law Society Of Ireland, 2008
LL.B. Law and European Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland, 2001
I'm fortunate to have built a career in the aircraft finance industry while working in two distinct hubs for that business (Dublin and California) and in two distinct legal roles: as a private-practice lawyer with a large law firm and as an in-house lawyer with an established, successful aircraft leasing company. The exposure to the industry during the time I spent in each location and role helped me to develop an appreciation for that crucial balance between a business’ commercial objective and its need for proper legal protection.
My move from in-house lawyer to a more entrepreneurial form of private practice came after giving significant consideration to both professional and personal life goals that I had wanted to accomplish and, while it marked a departure from some of the more traditional forms of legal practice in this industry, it nevertheless affords much opportunity for lawyer and client alike.