Cozen O’Connor: Freeman, Robert

Robert Freeman

Government Relations Principal

Washington, D.C.

(202) 463-2515

(202) 640-5938

Recent News:

What to Expect Under a Chairman DeFazio

Robert Freeman, a government relations principal in Cozen O’Connor’s Public Strategies group, was quoted in an article by Politico Pro transportation reporter Tanya Snyder about Representative Peter DeFazio’s likely rise to the chairmanship of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Robert's practice areas include, but are not limited to, technology, defense, homeland security, procurement, appropriations, competitive sourcing, transportation, energy, trade, and foreign relations. With more than 15 years of bicameral Congressional experience, Robert has held several ranking staff positions with federal legislators. As a registered lobbyist, he is actively involved in politics.

Robert has worked with a wide range of clients on matters before Congress and the administration and is actively engaged in the development and passage of legislation, as well as regulation development and enforcement. Robert has also worked with clients on matters before state and local governments, including passage and implementation of legislation in 46 states.

Prior to entering private practice, Robert served as deputy staff director of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) where he was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the committee staff. As the deputy staff director, Robert was responsible for overseeing policy development on all issues before the committee.

In addition to work on numerous annual appropriation and authorization bills, Robert’s legislative experience includes the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, the Norman Y. Mineta Research and Special Programs Act, the USA Patriot Act, and drafting and moving to passage the Maritime Transportation Security Acts of 2002 and 2004. In his tenure with the Senate, he worked closely with the Department of Transportation, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Federal Maritime Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and the White House. Robert also served on a number U.S. delegations negotiating and implementing bilateral and international transportation and security agreements.

Prior to his time working in the Senate, Robert served as administrative director for U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), where he oversaw the congressman's staff and worked on a wide range of issues. Robert also managed a number of the congressman's successful campaigns.

A former military officer, Robert is a graduate of the University of Kentucky in Lexington where he earned a degree in industrial administration and a commission in the U.S. Army. During his service, Robert received numerous awards and citations for distinguished service in positions around the world, including Saudi Arabia for Desert Storm.

Robert is often quoted on transportation regulatory and policy issues by national and trade media, including Law360 and the Wall Street Journal.

News

What to Expect Under a Chairman DeFazio

November 12, 2018

Robert Freeman, a government relations principal in Cozen O’Connor’s Public Strategies group, was quoted in an article by Politico Pro transportation reporter Tanya Snyder about Representative Peter DeFazio’s likely rise to the chairmanship of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Transportation Ballot Measures To Watch In The Midterms

November 02, 2018

Robert Freeman, a government relations principal at the firm, was quoted in Law360 about the California gas tax repeal in the upcoming midterm election.

Maritime Industry Challenges To Watch: Part 1

September 12, 2018

Robert Freeman, a government relations principal at the firm, was quoted in Law360's feature story, "Maritime Industry Challenges To Watch: Part 1."

Freeman and Heffernan named to JD Supra 2018 Readers Choice Awards Top Airlines/Aviation Authors

April 13, 2018

David Heffernan, a member of Cozen O’Connor Transportation and Trade Practice Group, and Rob Freeman, a government relations principal in Cozen O’Connor’s Public Strategies Group, were named to JD Supra 2018 Readers Choice Awards Top Airlines/Aviation Authors.

4 Things to Watch in FAA Reauthorization Talks

March 15, 2018

Robert Freeman, a Government Relations Principal in the firm’s Public Strategies Group, spoke to Law360 about the role passengers’ rights issues may play in Congress’s upcoming FAA reauthorization discussions.

Alternative Ways To Pay For Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

March 09, 2018

Robert Freeman, a Government Relations Principal in the firm’s Public Strategies Group, spoke to Law360’s Linda Chiem about the reality of a federal gas tax hike being used as an alternative way to pay for President Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan.

Trucking Industry Targets Barrasso on the Gas Tax

January 28, 2018

Robert Freeman, a Government Relations Principal in the firm's Public Strategies Group, was quoted in the National Journal's article, "Trucking Industry Targets Barrasso on the Gas Tax."

3 Provisions to Watch in the FAA Reauthorization Bills

June 30, 2017

Robert Freeman, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discusses last week’s House and Senate progress on Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bills with Law360.

New DHS Security Directive Leaves Airlines Holding The Bag

June 29, 2017

Robert Freeman, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discusses t the U.S. government’s heightened passenger and aircraft screening procedures for all U.S.-bound flights with Law360.

BlackRock CEO: Private Investments Trump Bonds for Infrastructure Renewal

April 11, 2017

Rob Freeman, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discusses private investments in The Bond Buyer.

Dems' $1T Infrastructure Plan Tees Up Fights Over Funding [Law360]

January 26, 2017

Robert Freeman, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, is quoted in the Law360 article titled, "Dems' $1T Infrastructure Plan Tees Up Fights Over Funding.

Transportation Regulation & Legislation To Watch In 2017

January 02, 2017

Robert Freeman discusses the transportation industry, which is anxiously anticipating legislation implementing President-elect Trump’s estimated $1 trillion infrastructure proposal and reauthorizing the FAA, as well as new rules integrating emerging technology such as drones and autonomous and connected cars in 2017.

DOT Pick Bolsters Trump's Infrastructure Commitment

November 30, 2016

Robert Freeman of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies discusses President-elect Trump's choice of Elaine Chao to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Trump's commitment to infrastructure.

5 Transportation Ballot Measures Voters Gave A Green Light

November 09, 2016

In a special Election 2016 Law360 article, Robert Freeman discusses the benefits of the transportation-focused election ballot initiatives.

Rob Freeman Discusses The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016 in Law360

March 10, 2016

Rob Freeman of the Public Strategies group discusses the senate’s newly introduced Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016.

Cozen O’Connor Named One of the “6 Go-To Firms For The Airline Industry” in Law360

February 05, 2016

All of the largest global airlines have some presence in the U.S., subjecting them to a range of legal, regulatory and business challenges that require law firm expertise. While that work is often spread around, six firms have been chosen by the industry as go-to firms for major legal matters, including Cozen O'Connor.

Robert Freeman Quoted in Business Insurance Regarding TRIA

April 27, 2014

Robert Freeman, Public Strategies in Washington D.C., was quoted in a Business Insurance article titled

Cozen O'Connor's Mark Alderman, Robert Freeman and Howard Schweitzer Discuss S&P Downgrade on Philly.com

August 09, 2011

Cozen O'Connor's Mark Alderman, Robert Freeman and Howard Schweitzer Discuss S&P Downgrade on Philly.com

Publications

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.

President Proposes Boost to Maritime Infrastructure Investment [Public Strategies Alert]

March 01, 2018

Howard Schweitzer, Robert Freeman, and Jeff Vogel discuss the president's "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America."

The White House’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America [Public Strategies Alert]

February 15, 2018

Howard Schweitzer and Rob Freeman discusses the Trump administration’s highly anticipated “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America,” a 53-page document highlighting the White House’s core principles for rebuilding and revitalizing the nation’s aging infrastructure.

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.

Financial Services Committee Rounds Out Equifax Hearings [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

October 05, 2017

The House Financial Services Committee this morning rounded out a full week of congressional hearings for former Equifax CEO Richard Smith. Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) reiterated his earlier calls for national standards for data security and breach notifications. Ranking Member Maxine...

Equifax Hearings - Round Three [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

October 04, 2017

Richard Smith, former Chairman and CEO of Equifax, faced his third congressional hearing in two days, appearing this afternoon before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Privacy, Technology, and the Law Subcommittee to discuss the recently revealed Equifax data breach and efforts to monitor data...

Equifax Hearings Continue on the Hill [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

October 04, 2017

Former Equifax chief Richard Smith returned to Capitol Hill for a second day of congressional hearings into his company’s data breach, this time appearing before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) characterized the Equifax breach as...

House Holds Hearings on Equifax Breach [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

October 03, 2017

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Digital and Consumer Protection held the first in what will be a series of Congressional hearings on the recently revealed data breach at major credit agency Equifax. Former CEO of Equifax Richard Smith testified before the committee on...

Winds of Change: Hurricane Waivers and Infrastructure Funding [Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update]

September 20, 2017

This edition of the Maritime & Infrastructure Federal Update highlights the recent Jones Act waiver, funding through the TIGER program, the Small Shipyard Grant Program, and more.

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.

Russia-Iran-North Korea Sanctions: Congress Makes a Statement [Transportation & Trade Alert]

August 01, 2017

Donald Kassilke, Robert Freeman, and Jennifer Urban discuss The ‘‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act’’ that is composed of three distinct titles each of which mandates the development of various reports and sets out certain mandatory and discretionary sanctions for implementation by the executive branch.

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.

President Trump Announces Changes to Cuba Policy [Transportation & Trade Alert]

June 19, 2017

Don Kassilke discusses the changes to that have been made to the U.S's Cuba Policy by the Trump administration.

Time to Get Moving: Transportation and Coast Guard Regulatory Reform Opportunities [Maritime Alert]

June 07, 2017

Geof Ferrer, Rob Freeman, and Jeff Vogel discuss two notices that create a significant opportunity for stakeholders to shape the regulation of transportation and infrastructure projects in the United States.

Plotting the Course for Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Action [Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update]

May 30, 2017

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update attempts to navigate the mixed messages of recent government 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.

Jones Act Battles, Administrative Appointees on the Move, and Combative Hearings Shape the Landscape [Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update]

April 19, 2017

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update discusses (i) the Jones Act conflict developing before Customs and Border Protection with respect to the use of foreign flag vessels to perform work on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, (ii) the implementation of a significant terminal coordination agreement, (iii) leadership changes at the Department of Transportation and Federal Maritime Commission, (iv) settlement of a landmark Jones Act case, (v) House actions regarding Metropolitan Planning Organizations and the Coast Guard and (vi) Congressional hearings on Coast Guard, maritime, and infrastructure programs.

Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update [Hot Button Blog]

April 06, 2017

Legislative highlights from the March 2017 Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update is below. See the full update here. Trump’s “Skinny” Budget Targets TIGER Grants, Army Corps of Engineers and Leaves Questions Elsewhere President Trump released his administration’s budget proposal in which he...

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.

Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update March 2017

March 27, 2017

Through this publication, we aim to keep you informed about many of the federal legislative, regulatory, and administrative developments affecting the maritime industry and our nation’s transportation infrastructure.

American Infrastructure Receives Poor Rating in Latest Quadrennial Review [Hot Button Blog]

March 13, 2017

In its quadrennial review of the state of American infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the nation’s ports, bridges, airports, and other key systems a D+ rating. While this rating is an alarming testament to the need for increased investment in a spectrum of...

House Judiciary Committee Hearing: The Department of Homeland Security’s Proposed Regulations Reforming the Investor Visa Program [Hot Button Blog]

March 10, 2017

March 8, 2017 Panel One Witnesses: Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), President Pro Tempore Panel Two Witnesses: Rebecca Gambler, Homeland Security and Justice Team, U.S.  Government Accountability Office Sam Walls...

TSA Under Pressure from Congress – Again [Hot Button Blog]

March 03, 2017

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) came under bipartisan scrutiny from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over its record keeping policies after the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Inspector General released a report finding that TSA “cannot be trusted” to...

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.

Five Washington Realities for President Trump’s Consideration

February 08, 2017

Last week, we published an op-ed, “Here are Five things President Trump can't change,” in The Hill discussing long-established and irrevocable rules of how D.C. works that Trump and his team need to factor into their thought process to advance the administration’s agenda.

Senate Begins Consideration of Regulatory Review with Analysis of President Trump’s Executive Order [Hot Button Blog]

February 01, 2017

In a Senate Commerce committee hearing, “A Growth Agenda: Reducing Unnecessary Regulation,” on Wednesday, February 1, Senate Democrats called the January 31 regulatory executive order “arbitrary” and “mindless” (learn more about the order here). Ranking Member Nelson (D-FL) criticized the order for...

President Trump Signs Executive Order to Further Deregulation [Hot Button Blog]

January 31, 2017

On January 30th President Trump signed an executive order to curb what his campaign highlighted as burdensome regulations. The executive order requires federal agencies to repeal “at least two” current regulations when implementing one new regulation. The language of the order describes its...

Welcome to 2017 – Transition Homestretch & GOP 2017 Legislative Agenda [Hot Button Blog]

January 05, 2017

Trump Transition's Homestretch President-elect Trump has only a few Cabinet seats remaining to fill as the confirmation proceedings of those already chosen will kick into gear with the convening of the new Congress today. There are still several gaps in the president-elect's West Wing...

DOT Releases Proposed Rule on Auto Communications Technology [Hot Button Blog]

December 15, 2016

The Department of Transportation (DOT) released a proposed rule on Tuesday mandating Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) communication technology be enabled in new cars and trucks by 2023. The rule intends to combat driving hazards by allowing cars to talk to each other and alerting drivers of potential...

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.

Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity Report Calls for Greater Investment [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

December 06, 2016

On Friday December 2nd the President’s Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity (“Commission”) released their long-awaited Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. The nonpartisan Commission was created in April by President Obama with the objective of examining U.S. cybersecurity policy and...

Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity Report Calls for Greater Investment [Hot Button Blog]

December 06, 2016

On Friday December 2nd the President’s Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity (“Commission”) released their long-awaited Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. The nonpartisan Commission was created in April by President Obama with the objective of examining U.S. cybersecurity policy and...

November 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions [Hot Button Blog]

November 22, 2016

The most recent edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s recently issued consumer protection rules and initiatives, the GAO’s report on air traffic control reorganization, DOT’s tentative approval of antitrust immunity for the Delta Air Lines/Aeromexico alliance, the...

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

November 18, 2016

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s recently issued consumer protection rules and initiatives, the GAO’s report on air traffic control reorganization, DOT’s tentative approval of antitrust immunity for the Delta Air Lines/Aeromexico alliance, the FAA’s rulemaking on airline pilot professional development, DOT’s agreement with Southwest Airlines regarding the accessibility of the carrier’s airport kiosks, the DOT Inspector General’s reports on the effects of DOT’s tarmac delay rule on airline flight cancellations and the FAA’s progress in implementing NextGen, OFAC and BIS amendments to Cuba sanctions-related regulations and export controls, and the latest DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks [Hot Button Blog]

November 16, 2016

On November 16, 2016 the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade and the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on “Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks.” The hearing was in response to the...

Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

November 16, 2016

On November 16, 2016 the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade and the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on “Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks.” The hearing was in response to the...

Department of Transportation Issues Guidance on Vehicle Cybersecurity [Hot Button Blog]

November 08, 2016

In the latest iteration of the Obama Administration’s cyber push, the Department of Transportation last week released guidance to the automotive industry regarding improving motor vehicle cybersecurity. The guidance passed down from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)...

Trump’s New Cyber Security Plan? [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

October 27, 2016

With the recent news regarding Yahoo’s massive data breach and the continuing posting of Clinton Foundation emails by Wikileaks, cybersecurity policy is beginning to get the discourse it is due. Secretary Clinton’s campaign was swift to publish a lengthy briefing on her cybersecurity policy agenda...

Trump’s New Cyber Security Plan? [Hot Button Blog]

October 26, 2016

With the recent news regarding Yahoo’s massive data breach and the continuing posting of Clinton Foundation emails by Wikileaks, cybersecurity policy is beginning to get the discourse it is due. Secretary Clinton’s campaign was swift to publish a lengthy briefing on her cybersecurity policy agenda...

OFAC and BIS Changes to Cuba Sanctions Further Ease Trade and Travel Restrictions

October 19, 2016

Don Kassilke and Rachel Welford discuss a change in OFAC policy and regulations that expands opportunities for U.S. persons to explore and develop business relationships in Cuba.

U.S. DOT Issues New Air Travel Consumer Protection Rulemaking Initiatives [Aviation Alert]

October 19, 2016

David Heffernan and Rob Freeman discuss the U.S. Department of Transportation's new round of consumer protection-related rulemaking initiatives affecting U.S. and foreign airlines, ticket agents, and air travel consumers.

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

September 23, 2016

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s selection of carriers to operate U.S.-Havana and U.S.-Tokyo (Haneda) air services, the FAA’s implementation of its small unmanned aircraft systems/drone rules, new increases in DOT civil penalty amounts, the FAA’s draft PFC order, GAO’s reporting on FAA oversight of repair stations, and the latest DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

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

August 08, 2016

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses new FAA reauthorization legislation, DOT awards for U.S. carrier scheduled service to Cuba, DOT’s decision to address consumer notification requirements regarding changes in airline frequent flyer program rules, and more.

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

May 26, 2016

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes DOT’s announcement of the members and meeting schedule of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Air Transportation (Disabled Passenger Negotiated Rulemaking Committee), the FAA’s withdrawal of its rulemaking on slot management at New York area slot-controlled airports, the FAA’s elimination of slot controls at Newark Liberty International Airport and extension of the Orders governing slots at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, proposed FAA amendments to PFC funding eligibility for on-airport rail projects, the FAA’s creation of a Drone Advisory Committee to advise the FAA on further regulatory steps regarding the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems/drones into the U.S. national airspace system, PHMSA’s ban on the carriage of battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices in checked baggage, the continuing House and Senate standoff over the next FAA Reauthorization bill, and the latest DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

House Politics and the Paul Ryan Speakership [Law 360]

March 02, 2016

Howard Schweitzer and Rob Freeman discuss Paul Ryan's work as speaker of the house and challenges he is likely to encounter in the coming weeks.

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

February 01, 2016

This edition includes the recently signed U.S.-Mexico bilateral agreement that liberalizes air services between the two countries, new Cuba-related regulations loosening restrictions on U.S.-Cuba air services and the export and reexport of U.S.-origin aircraft to Cuba, changes to the Visa Waiver Program, proposed dates for upcoming DOT aviation-related rulemakings, the DOT Office of the Inspector General’s reports criticizing FAA operations, oversight, cost controls and air traffic control staffing, DOT animal incident reporting guidance, new FAA Stage 5 aircraft noise standards, DHS implementation of REAL ID requirements for air travelers, and the latest DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

December 2015 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

December 21, 2015

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes looming revisions to the Visa Waiver Program, DOT’s plans for an additional round of new regulations on disabled passenger-related issues, the FAA’s new registration requirements for small unmanned aircraft systems/drones, DOT guidance on airline liability for damage to components of checked baggage, Congressional bills on Export-Import Bank reauthorization, pilots’ rights, and Visa Waiver Program Changes, the status of FAA reauthorization legislation, the FAA’s updated airspace obstruction standards, and recent FAA enforcement actions.

November 2015 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

November 13, 2015

This edition discusses the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against United Airlines and Delta Air Lines seeking to block the carriers’ proposed slot swap at Newark, DOT’s ban on electronic smoking devices in checked baggage, DOT and the FAA’s planned registration requirements for drones/unmanned aircraft, the FAA’s new safety compliance philosophy, new FAA rules on production certificates and approvals, APHIS final rules on agricultural quarantine and inspection services, a Congressional hearing on TSA security oversight, and the latest DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

September 2015 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

October 02, 2015

This edition reports on Congress’s six-month extension of FAA’s reauthorization; new U.S. Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements with the European Union and Canada; the FAA’s final rule on the disclosure of aircraft seat dimensions to facilitate the use of child safety seats on airplanes; DOT’s latest small community air service development grants; the Treasury and Commerce Departments’ new amendments to the Cuba Sanctions Regulations.

August 2015 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

August 24, 2015

DOT’s launch of an investigation of alleged price gouging by airlines following Amtrak train service disruption in the Northeast Corridor, the agency’s continuing review of the Delta/Aeromexico antitrust immunity application, DOT’s and the Departments of State and Commerce’s ongoing review of subsidy allegations brought by the three largest U.S. carriers against Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways.

July 2015 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions [Aviation Regulatory Update]

July 02, 2015

An update on the multi-agency review of U.S. carrier allegations of subsidy against three gulf carriers, recent applications for antitrust immunity for airline alliances, EPA’s initial action to address greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft, DHS amendments to the ESTA program and planned expansion of customs and immigration preclearance facilities at additional foreign airports, Congressional hearings on FAA reauthorization, aviation security and drone operations, and recent DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

April 2015 Update on Significant DOT, FAA & Other Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions [Aviation Regulatory Update]

April 15, 2015

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes an overview of the FAA’s new contract maintenance rules, DOT and FAA notices on flight prohibitions in conflict zones, the latest news on the integration of unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System, Congressional hearings on FAA reauthorization and air traffic control modernization, and DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

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

February 24, 2015

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes an overview of the FAA’s long-awaited proposed rule on small unmanned aircraft commercial operations, the White House’s statement on privacy issues relating to unmanned aircraft, recent Congressional hearings on FAA reauthorization and unmanned aircraft, the DOT Inspector General’s review of DOT’s tarmac delay rule, DOT and ITC actions with regard to U.S.-Cuba air travel, DOT’s clarification of carriers’ animal incident reporting requirements, and DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

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

January 20, 2015

Highlights of this edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update include the FAA’s recent rulemakings involving New York area airport slots and safety management systems for U.S. Part 121 air carriers, developments relating to unmanned aircraft, and DOT and FAA enforcement actions.

U.S. Congress Fails to Renew TRIA – for Now [Global Insurance Alert]

December 18, 2014

The U.S. Senate wrapped up the 113th Congress and left Washington without holding a vote to renew the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA). In the closing weeks of the session, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) had negotiated an agreement with Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) that would have reauthorized TRIA for six years and raised the trigger for government reimbursement from $100 million to $200 million and increased companies’ co-payments to 20 percent from 15 percent.

Congressional Questions on LNG Exports Could Impact the Jones Act [Transportation & Logistics Newsletter]

May 02, 2014

Last month, Congress began consideration of comprehensive legislation to reauthorize the Coast Guard and other maritime transportation programs. Consideration of such legislation is an annual occurrence and generally moves through Congress and becomes law with little attention outside the maritime and fisheries industries. However, a small provision relating to maritime transportation of U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has drawn broader attention as the questions posed in the provision could impact international trade and potentially threaten the future of the Jones Act.

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  • University of Kentucky, B.A., 1988

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

  • Association of the United States Army