Ken Quinn is a partner in the North America International Commercial Practice Group in Washington, DC. He is Global Chair, Aviation, and co-chair of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems multidisciplinary team.
Ken is a former chief counsel of the US Federal Aviation Administration (1991-93), counselor to the Secretary of Transportation (1989-91), and senior advisor to the Office of the President-Elect (1988). He has served as general counsel and secretary of the Flight Safety Foundation for the past 15 years. He is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, is counsel to its DC Branch, and serves on the RAeS Membership Board. He served as President of the International Aviation Club (2015-16).
Representative Legal Matters
Delta in successful litigation in DC Circuit, 5th Circuit, Northern District of Texas, and FAA in a dispute with the City of Dallas and Southwest over flights at Love Field.
Facebook on wide variety of drone projects, including a project to increase connectivity through use of high-altitude, solar-powered drones.
Zee Aero and Kitty Hawk on development of manned aircraft systems using drone technology.
GS Yuasa, a Kyoto, Japan battery manufacturer relating to FAA, NTSB, and JTSB investigations, claims, ICDR arbitration, and other matters arising out of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner battery incidents and grounding.
Oaktree Capital in the winning bid then sale of equity in Aerostar, the groundbreaking public-private partnership for the long-term lease and management of Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
GECAS, ACG, and other aircraft lessor on FAA policy issues and international aircraft transferability issues.
Monday, Vornado, Related Companies, and several large real estate developers in airspace hazard determinations.
Bombardier and Learjet in certification, litigation and enforcement matters.
Dozens of companies involving the commercial and military use of drones including the first grant of a night-time commercial drone operation.
Represented coalition of airport passenger screening and security companies after 9/11.
- Band 1, Chambers USA Aviation Regulatory - National, 2006-2018
- Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement, 2010-2017
- Who’s Who Legal, Aviation: Regulatory - DC, 2009-2017
- Best of the Best USA, Aviation, Euromoney/Legal Media Group, 2009, 2011-2017
- Experts Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers, Euromoney/Legal Media Group, 2007-2017
- Irish Legal 100, 2010-2012
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Royal Aeronautical Society - Counsel to its DC Branch, Fellow (2006)
- Flight Safety Foundation - General counsel and secretary, 2004-present
- American Bar Association - Section of Antitrust Law
- American Bar Association - Forum on Air and Space Law - Chair (1994-1996), Executive Committee Member (1994-present)
- American Bar Association - Torts Trial and Insurance Practice Section
- American Bar Association - Aviation and Space Law Committee
- American Bar Association - Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
- Wings Club - Member
- International Aviation Club - Member
- AeroClub of Washington – Member
- John Carroll Society – Member
- Federalist Society – Member
- Army Navy Country Club – Member
- Thomas More Society – Member
- The Army & Navy Club - Member
- Shanghai International Aviation Arbitration Court - Member, Arbitrator to the Experts Committee 2014
- International Aviation Club of Washington, DC - Elected president, 2015
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) - Task Force on Safety Information Protection - Former Chair
- High Level Safety Conference - Delegate, February 2015
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (2016)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2012)
- District of Columbia~United States (1997)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (1997)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (1996)
- Illinois Supreme Court (1985)
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1985)
- DePaul University College of Law (JD with honors) (1985)
- Northern Illinois University (BS Finance) (1982)
Author, "Sky’s No Longer the Limit," American Bar Association – The Air & Space Lawyer, Volume 30, No. 3, 2017
Co-author, Chapter on “NTSB Investigations of Aircraft Accidents” in “Litigating the Aviation Case,” American Bar Association, Fourth Edition, 2017
Co-author, "Ownership and Control of US Air Carriers, Aviation Regulation in the United States," American Bar Association, 2014
Moderator, “Information Protection – Litigation Perspective,” Flight Safety Foundation International Air Safety Summit (IASS) 2018, Seattle, WA, 12 November 2018
Moderator, “Challenges and Opportunities for the French-US Aviation Markets,” French American Business Week, Washington, DC, 17 October 2018