Rachel Schwartz


Rachel concentrates her practice on advising clients in the aviation and maritime industries on a wide range of regulatory matters both domestically and internationally.

Rachel 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.

Rachel’s maritime work includes representing clients before the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in connection with regulatory requirements, adjudicatory proceedings, and fact-finding investigations. Additionally, she advises clients from a number of industries on antitrust and other government regulatory matters, including government investigations, mergers and acquisitions, federal grant applications, and general government contracting 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.


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.

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