Mark W. Atwood

Member

Washington, D.C.

(202) 463-2513

(202) 912-4830

Mark focuses on legal issues affecting the aviation and aeronautics industries. He represents a variety of clients, including U.S. and foreign airlines, airports, leasing companies, brokers, aerospace manufacturers, repair stations, and airline investors before the courts, regulatory agencies, and Congress. He also counsels U.S. clients in their regulatory affairs before foreign governments, advises airlines in financial structuring, and represents parties to aircraft acquisition transactions.

Mark has been involved in a variety of developments in the aviation industry, from airline mergers and formation of new air carriers to development of federal rules and policies on aircraft safety, security, and airport security. Mark has participated as a member of the U.S. delegation in the negotiation of a number of international air transport agreements, advised a number of clients doing business in China and the former Soviet Union, lectured representatives of the Chinese government, airline industry, and airport management on regulation of aviation, advised foreign governments on civil aviation matters, and regularly counsels a major US airport on development of international air service.  He authored the first chapter ("The Chicago Convention") of the book Aviation Regulation in the U.S. (ABA Book Publishing, 2014), edited by Cozen O'Connor member David Heffernan. Chambers & Partners USA also ranked Mark as a leader in Nationwide Aviation Regulatory; he is also listed in Expert Guides: Aviation.

Mark frequently represents clients in matters arising out of aircraft leases, and has presented numerous seminars on aircraft leasing in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

Mark received his law degree from the University of Southern California in 1978, and his undergraduate degree from Loyola University Maryland in 1974.

Experience

News

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

May 14, 2020

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 63 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2020 edition.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

April 25, 2019

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.

Deja Vu for Airlines, Cruise Lines as Hurricane Maria Prep Begins

September 20, 2017

Mark Atwood, of the firm's Transporation and Trade Group, was quoted in the Sun Sentinel's article, "Deja vu for airlines, cruise lines as Hurricane Maria prep begins."

Days after Irma hits, South Florida airports, hotels, cruise lines look for return of customers

September 15, 2017

Mark Atwood, a member of the firm's Transportation and Trade Practice Group, was quoted in the Sun Sentinel's article, "Days after Irma hits, South Florida airports, hotels, cruise lines look for return of customers."

Two Practice Areas and Eight Attorneys Named to the Legal 500 United States

June 19, 2017

The Legal 500 United States recommended Cozen O’Connor’s Shipping and Aviation practices and named Mark Atwood, Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, Mark Fink, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, and Anne Mickey to its 2017 list.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

May 26, 2017

Chambers USA recognized 47 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 14 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Publications

A Delicate Balancing Act for Airlines: the CDC Mask Mandate v. the Rights of Passengers with Disabilities [Alert]

February 16, 2021

Mark Atwood discusses the CDC, DOT, and TSA's orders and notices requiring all passengers to wear masks but also allowing exceptions for persons with disabilities, and what air carriers should do in the next couple of weeks to determine how to thread this needle.

U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes to Define “Unfair and Deceptive Practices” [Alert]

March 04, 2020

Mark Atwood discusses the February 28, 2020, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

The United States Fines an Aircraft Lessor for the Actions of a Sublessee

December 02, 2019

It will hardly come as a surprise to readers that air transportation and the trade in aircraft and parts is inherently international. Thus, participants in these industries have to keep an unblinking eye on the increasingly ubiquitous international regimes of trade and economic sanctions that apply to a wide variety of economic activities.

United States and United Kingdom Conclude Major New Bilateral Air Transport Agreement [Alert]

December 11, 2018

Mark W. Atwood and Robert F. Foster discuss the smooth transition of post-Brexit air transport rights for the U.S.-UK trans-Atlantic market, which traditionally has been the busiest sector for air traffic between the United States and Europe as a whole.

May 2018 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions [Aviation Regulatory Update]

May 04, 2018

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of a five-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, the FAA’s Airworthiness Directives requiring inspections of fan blades on CFM56-7B model engines as a result of last month’s Southwest Airlines engine incident, the Department of Transportation’s recent award of frequencies for new U.S.-Cuba air service, new DOT requirements for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)/drones to obtain DOT economic authority in the form of a Part 298 air taxi registration in order for commercial UAS/drone operators to operate air transportation services for hire, the Department of Homeland Security’s increase in the amount of civil penalties imposed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Government Accountability Office’s implementation of new electronic filing requirements for bid protests, and the latest DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

November 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

November 20, 2017

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses new restrictions on Cuba travel, DOT’s Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program, new DOT drug testing requirements for safety-sensitive transportation employees, the FAA’s proposed amendments to helicopter certification standards, the Bombardier aircraft trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada, and the latest DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

October 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

October 13, 2017

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s and CBP’s comprehensive reviews of their regulations, Congress’ FAA reauthorization extension legislation, the FAA’s adoption of new Stage 5 airplane noise standards, GAO reports on airline ancillary service fees and TSA’s aviation security oversight, and the latest DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

September 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

September 08, 2017

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s 2017 U.S.-Cuba Frequency Allocation Proceeding, the FAA’s elimination of requirements to obtain Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) authorization for aircraft equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS–B) Out systems, CBP’s extension of the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot program, and the latest DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

July 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

July 10, 2017

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the latest FAA reauthorization bills, the Department of Homeland Security’s enhanced aviation security measures, the DOT Inspector General’s audit reports regarding the FAA’s oversight of suspected unapproved parts and check pilot qualifications, the Department of Commerce’s investigations regarding aircraft imports from Canada, and the latest DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

May 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

May 08, 2017

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the FAA’s regulatory reform review, the FAA’s and PHMSA’s increases in civil penalty amounts, recent amendments of hazardous materials regulations, the Congressional oversight hearing on U.S. airlines’ customer service and contracts of carriage, and the latest DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

March 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

March 31, 2017

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s tentative award of Mexico City slots, DHS/TSA’s prohibitions on the in-cabin carriage of certain personal electronic devices on nonstop flights to the U.S. from ten Middle Eastern and North African airports, DOT’s withdrawal and compliance deadline extensions for various consumer protection-related rules, GAO reports on the status of DHS’s biometric air exit system and FAA certification processes for aviation products, President Trump’s executive order on the reorganization of executive branch agencies, and the latest DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

February 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

February 13, 2017

This edition discusses DOT’s final approval of antitrust immunity for Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico, DOT’s proceeding to reallocate some of Delta/Aeromexico’s Mexico City and JFK slots to other airlines, DOT’s proposed rule to require airlines and ticket agents to disclose baggage fees, the FAA’s final rule amending small aircraft airworthiness standards, new DOT training materials for airlines and their employees and contractors regarding compliance with Part 382 disabled passenger regulations, DHS’s increase of certain aviation-related civil penalties for violations of immigration and TSA rules, GAO criticism of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s predeparture programs, and the latest DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

December 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

December 14, 2016

This edition discusses DOT’s proposed rule on the use of cell phones to make voice calls on commercial flights, the results of DOT’s negotiated rulemaking on accessible in-flight entertainment and accessible lavatories on single-aisle aircraft to accommodate disabled passengers, DOT’s approval of Norwegian Air International’s foreign air carrier permit, the FAA’s increase of overflight fees, PHMSA amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations, the DOT Inspector General’s audit report on FAA oversight of unmanned aircraft/drones and initiation of an audit of the FAA’s oversight of runway safety, DOT’s updated enforcement policy regarding extended tarmac delays, DOT’s denial of American Airlines and Qantas Airways’ request for antitrust immunity, the Justice Department’s clearance of the Alaska Airlines-Virgin America merger, and the latest DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2018 IATA Legal Symposium

February 28, 2018 - Bangkok, Thailand

US Corporate Aviation Summit

November 17, 2017 - Washington, D.C.

5th USCAS US Corporate Aviation Summit

June 29, 2017 - Washington, D.C.

Aircraft Leasing: A Guide to Successful Negotiations

June 08, 2017 - Washington, D.C.

Industry Sectors

Education

  • University of Southern California, J.D., 1978
  • Loyola University Maryland, A.B., 1974

Awards & Honors

Chambers & Partners USA: Nationwide, Transportation: Aviation: Regulatory 2015 - 2021

JD Supra's Readers' Choice Awards Top Authors in the Airlines/Aviation Industry 2016-2017

Expert Guides: Aviation

Legal 500: Nationwide, Transportation: Aviation: Regulatory 2017

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
  • Inter-American Bar Association
  • International Aviation Club