Rachel Schwartz


Recent Publication:

Global Governance: Goals and Lessons for AI [Microsoft]

David Heffernan and Rachel Schwartz contributed the chapter “The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) “ to the Global Governance: Goals and Lessons for AI book published by Microsoft.

Rachel concentrates her practice on advising domestic and international clients on issues related to the regulation of the maritime and aviation industries. Additionally, she advises clients from a number of industries on antitrust and other government regulatory matters, including government investigations, foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions, federal grant applications, and general government contracting matters.

Rachel’s maritime work includes representing clients before the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in connection with regulatory requirements, adjudicatory proceedings, and fact-finding investigations. Her maritime work further includes counseling on compliance with FMC regulatory requirements. Rachel also has a range of maritime transactional experience, including assisting with the due diligence of private equity investments in the shipping industry, and assisting with the transfer, sale, and reflagging of vessels.

In Rachel’s broader government counseling practice, she provides comprehensive government contracting assistance, including working with clients in responding to bid protests at the federal, state, and local levels, and counseling clients on applying for federal procurement opportunities and maintaining compliance with federal government contracts. She also counsels both domestic and international clients throughout the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’s (CFIUS) pre-filing and filing review process.

In Rachel’s aviation practice, she advises U.S. and foreign airlines on compliance with aviation laws and regulations, including those enforced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She also counsels clients on navigating aviation regulatory issues concerning mergers and acquisitions, FAA and DOT licensing and certification, DOT consumer protection requirements, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilitation issues, and TSA enforcement matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Rachel participated in the Cozen O'Connor Summer Associate Program, where she researched and drafted memoranda on complex litigation matters relating to white-collar crime, administrative law, maritime law, legal ethics, and evidentiary issues.

Rachel earned her law degree from The Georgetown University Law Center. While in law school, Rachel was senior print editor of The Georgetown Environmental Law Review, a fellow with the Washington Legal Clinic, an intern for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, General Counsel, and co-chair of Homecourt, a student group that organizes the yearly flagship fundraiser for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. For her efforts to improve her community, Rachel was awarded the Dean's Certificate for Outstanding Service to the Georgetown Law Community.

Prior to law school, Rachel worked to improve her community as a program manager with two nonprofit organizations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her undergraduate degree from Tulane University.


Global Governance: Goals and Lessons for AI [Microsoft]

May 17, 2024

David Heffernan and Rachel Schwartz contributed the chapter “The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) “ to the Global Governance: Goals and Lessons for AI book published by Microsoft.

State Department Proposes Amendment to ITAR, Aiming to Bolster AUKUS Partnership [Alert]

May 02, 2024

The U.S. State Department's proposed rule would reduce International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR) licensing requirements for the transfer of defense articles or services between the U.S., Australia, and the U.K.

New FAR Part 40 Established to Centralize Supply Chain and Information Security Requirements [Alert]

April 22, 2024

Eric Leonard, Matt Howell, and Rachel Schwartz discuss the DoD, GSA, and NASA's Final Rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

Proposed CFIUS Rules Affirm Evolution and Growth of Review Process, Expansion of Penalties [Alert]

April 12, 2024

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) issued a proposed update expanding its mitigation and enforcement provisions and increasing the maximum penalties.

Back Again: U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule on Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers [Alert]

February 21, 2024

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts Rule is back in effect and will apply to all new SCA-covered solicitations and contracts issued after February 12, 2024.

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.

Industry Sectors


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2022
  • Tulane University, B.A., 2014

Awards & Honors

The Legal 500 United States "Rising Star" for Transport: Aviation and Air Travel, 2024

  • District of Columbia