Mark W. Atwood

Member

Washington, D.C.

(202) 463-2513

(202) 912-4830

Mark will be speaking at an upcoming event:

Impact of Current World Events & Trends in Aviation

New York, NY 10/24/2022

Mark Atwood will speak on the panel “Impact of Current World Events & Trends in Aviation” for the New York City Bar Association’s Hot Topics in Aviation 2022 program.

Event Details 

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

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O’Connor Practice Areas and 14 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2022 Legal Guide

July 11, 2022

For 30 years, The Legal 500 has assessed the strengths of law firms in more than 100 jurisdictions. The rankings use a series of criteria, including client feedback, submissions from law firms, and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

Chambers Ranks 86 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 22 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2022 Guide

June 02, 2022

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 86 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2022 edition.

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.

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.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

Impact of Current World Events & Trends in Aviation

October 24, 2022 - New York, NY

Mark Atwood will speak on the panel “Impact of Current World Events & Trends in Aviation” for the New York City Bar Association’s Hot Topics in Aviation 2022 program.

Past Events

2018 IATA Legal Symposium

February 28, 2018 - Bangkok, Thailand

US Corporate Aviation Summit

November 17, 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 - 2022

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, 2022

  • 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