Cozen O’Connor: Foster, Robert

Robert F. Foster


Washington, D.C.

(202) 912-4826

(202) 861-1905

Robert focuses on regulatory and economic issues for domestic and international passenger and cargo air carriers in front of the Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Homeland Security, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In this capacity, Robert routinely advises clients regarding economic route authority, antitrust immunity, DOT policy initiatives, consumer protection enforcement, fractional ownership and charter operations, aircraft safety, and the collection and remittance of taxes and user fees.  He also advises clients on aviation regulatory aspects of aircraft and equipment transactions, mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions involving the purchase and sale of aviation companies and assets.

Prior to joining the firm, Robert practiced in the General Counsel’s Office of an AmLaw100 firm and in the Aviation Practice Group of a large national firm. 

Robert also serves in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Robert earned an accelerated undergraduate degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from The Catholic University of America. Robert earned his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law, where he was an intern to the Hon. Thomas N. O’Neill, Jr. (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania).


13 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

April 25, 2019

The 2019 Washington, D.C, edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 13 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.


Venezuela: Not an Embargo, but Closer

August 08, 2019

In a significant escalation of economic pressure on Venezuela’s Maduro regime, President Trump issued an executive order on August 5 that blocks all Venezuelan government property in the U.S. or in the possession of U.S. persons.

OFAC Issues Iran-Related Civil Aviation Industry Advisory

July 30, 2019

Don Kassilke and Bob Foster discuss OFAC's Iran-Related Civil Aviation Industry Advisory and why it could mean OFAC will be taking a greater interest in the Iranian aviation sector.

The Boundaries of Consumer Protection Regulation: DOT Rejects Petitions for Rulemaking [The Air & Space Lawyer]

July 01, 2019

This article reviews the Trump administration’s macro approach to regulatory reform, including trends in regulatory enforcement and focuses on three recent Department of Transportation orders.

DOT Denies Petitions to Initiate Consumer Protection Rulemakings [Alert]

March 12, 2019

Robert Foster outlines FlyerRights requests to DOT to initiate rulemakings on various consumer protection issues and the DOT's responses to these requests.

The Effect of the U.S. Government Shutdown on Aviation [Alert]

January 14, 2019

Robert F. Foster provides a summary of aviation-related regulatory functions that are directly affected by the partial government shutdown.

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.

DOT Convenes Sexual Misconduct Working Group, Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee [Alert]

November 19, 2018

Robert F. Foster discusses the National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force, a product of the recently enacted FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, that is to provide a report to Congress on best practices for addressing sexual misconduct on flights.

Split Third Circuit Decision Revives Claims Arising From Fatal 2005 Cessna Crash

November 09, 2018

Robert L. Bowman and Robert F. Foster discuss the Third Circuit's decision in Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive Corp., that held state-law claims brought against an aircraft engine manufacturer were not conflict preempted by federal law. This decision places equipment manufacturers and other defendants at greater risk of being held liable for state law-based accident claims and other related cases.

FAA Reauthorization Briefing Part 2: Disability-Related Passenger Rights [Aviation Alert]

October 11, 2018

David Heffernan and Robert F. Foster discuss provisions in the Reauthorization Act that affect airlines’ obligations to accommodate passengers with disabilities. This is the second in a three-part series discussing the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.

FAA Reauthorization Briefing Part 3: Consumer Protection [Aviation Alert]

October 11, 2018

David Heffernan and Robert F. Foster discuss provisions in the Reauthorization Act that affect air travelers. This is the third article in a three-part series on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018

Time To Curb Abuse Of Air Travel 'Support Animal' Rules [Law360]

August 13, 2018

David Heffernan and Robert Foster, attorneys in the firm's Aviation Regulatory Practice, co-authored, "Time To Curb Abuse Of Air Travel 'Support Animal' Rules," for Law360.

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  • Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, J.D., 2013
  • Catholic University of America, B.A., magna cum laude, 2009

Awards & Honors

Washington D.C. Super Lawyers Rising Star Top Rated Aviation & Aerospace Attorney - 2019

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia