Michael Deutsch


Recent News:

Best Lawyers Honors More Than 200 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys to its Best Lawyers in America 2024 Edition

Best Lawyers selected 232 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s U.S. offices for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Mike concentrates his practice on aviation regulatory matters and advises clients, which include U.S. and foreign airlines and other aviation entities, on the full array of aviation laws and regulations, including those enforced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). He advises clients on economic and code-sharing authority, international routes, frequencies and traffic rights, antitrust immunity, export controls and sanctions, aircraft registration, taxes and fees, airport slots, rates and charges, consumer enforcement, safety and security, unmanned aircraft systems (drones), and compliance with ICAO standards. 

Mike also assists with maritime regulatory matters and advises clients on various U.S. maritime laws (e.g., the Jones Act) and on foreign maritime laws (e.g., the Republic of Liberia).

Prior to joining the firm, Mike was an associate with a national law firm in Washington, D.C., where he focused on transportation regulatory matters. Before entering private practice, Mike worked at the FAA and as a DOT Honors Attorney. As a DOT Honors Attorney, Mike completed rotations with the Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). 

Mike earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, and his bachelor's degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University.


Best Lawyers Honors More Than 200 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys to its Best Lawyers in America 2024 Edition

August 17, 2023

Best Lawyers selected 232 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s U.S. offices for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O’Connor Practice Areas and 16 Attorneys in its 2023 Guide

July 10, 2023

Cozen O'Connor's Aviation (Litigation/Regulation), Construction, L&E, M&A (Midmarket), Shipping (Finance and Litigation/Regulation) practices were ranked by the Legal 500.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

August 22, 2022

210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.


DOT Issues Rule on Aircraft Lavatory Accessibility for Passengers with Disabilities [Alert]

July 28, 2023

Jonathon Foglia, Michael Deutsch, and Rachel Schwartz discuss the DOT's new rule requiring lavatories on most single-aisle commercial aircraft operated to, from, or within the United States to be more accessible for passengers with disabilities.

Unintended Consequences: Why the Biden Administration’s Proposed Aviation Consumer Protection Initiatives Will Worsen the Air Travel Environment [The Air & Space Lawyer]

July 27, 2023

Michael Deutsch discusses the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new proposed aviation consumer protection regulations in The Air & Space Lawyer.

CBP Proposes Changes to APIS System to Strengthen Aviation Security [Alert]

February 21, 2023

CBP looks to strengthen security by enhancing information that commercial aircraft operators must electronically transmit to CBP through its APIS.

House Passes Bill to Create NOTAM Task Force After Significant System Failure [Alert]

January 27, 2023

The task force will study how to improve the FAA’s Notice to Air Missions system after its failure caused a nationwide ground stop earlier this month.

FAA Declines to Extend COVID-19 Relief at U.S. Slot-Controlled and IATA Level 2 U.S. Airports [Alert]

November 02, 2022

The FAA will not extend its COVID-19 related relief policy for U.S. slot-controlled & FAA-designated International Air Transport Association Level 2 airports.

FAA Modifies International Aviation Safety Assessment Program [Alert]

October 03, 2022

The FAA announced several key changes to its International Aviation Safety Assessment program.

Barriers to Entry: FAA Proposes Flight deck Physical Secondary Barriers [Alert]

August 15, 2022

The FAA proposes rule to require new aircraft be outfitted with installed physical secondary barriers to further protect the flight deck from intrusion.

DOT Issues Proposed Rule on Airline Ticket Refunds [Alert]

August 08, 2022

The Department of Transportation issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, titled Airline Ticket Refunds and Consumer Protections.

DOT Issues Bill of Rights for Airline Passengers with Disabilities; New Airline Family Seating Notice [Alert]

July 12, 2022

The U.S. DOT has published a Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill of Rights which describes the fundamental rights of air travelers with disabilities.

Airlines Applaud Lifting of COVID Testing Requirement for U.S. Arrivals [Alert]

June 23, 2022

The CDC rescinded the COVID-19 testing requirement for U.S. arriving passengers on June 15. Airlines for America welcomed the CDC's decision.

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  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2016
  • Georgetown University, B.A., cum laude, 2013

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" 2023 and 2024

The Legal 500 United States "Rising Star" for Transport: Aviation and Air Travel 2023

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida

American Bar Association Forum on Air and Space Law, Co-Young Lawyer Liaison