Jennifer Trock

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Jennifer Trock is chair of Baker McKenzie's International Commercial Practice Group and a member of its Global Aviation Group in Washington, DC. She co-leads the Firm's unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) focus team and is the Chair of the ABA's Forum Air & Space Law.

Jennifer has been recognized by Chambers USA, Aviation Regulatory – National (2007-2019) and has also received honors from Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers, Infrastructure Journal and The Washingtonian.

Practice Focus

Jennifer routinely advises domestic and foreign airlines, airports, aerospace manufacturers, travel distribution clients, and corporate entities on complex aviation-related regulatory, aviation safety, litigation, enforcement, commercial and financing matters. She has also handled all types of aviation-related regulatory issues, including matters before the US DOT, FAA, TSA, NTSB and PHMSA.

Jennifer has extensive experience in foreign and domestic airline licensing, airline restructuring and citizenship requirements, airline route proceedings, appellant matters, international aviation (including bilateral air service agreements), public-private partnerships (including for US airports and infrastructure), corporate aviation, airport grant assurance and compliance, travel distribution and global distribution systems, rulemakings, M&A transactions, Part 77 obstruction evaluation, aviation safety and accident investigations.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advises UAS clients on an array of regulatory and commercial matters, including commercial and recreational use of UAS, Part 107, non-standard operations of sUAS and large UAS, testing and experimental certification matters before the FAA, and in connection with public aircraft operations.

  • Serves as outside counsel to Japanese battery manufacturer GS Yuasa regarding FAA, NTSB and JTSB investigations, claims and other matters arising out of Boeing 787 Dreamliner incidents and grounding.

  • Represents foreign and domestic airlines in aviation regulatory matters, including licensing, route proceedings, antitrust applications, certification, enforcement, compliance, restructuring and corporate matters.

  • Counsels real estate and energy clients on FAA Part 77 obstruction evaluation requirements for development near airports.

  • Represents charter operators and Part 380 charters in an array of FAA and DOT matters.

  • Represents aircraft lessors in FAA regulatory matters.

  • Advises corporations and private individuals on corporate flight departments, Part 91 operations, time-share agreements and executive use policies for corporate aircrafts.

  • Represents online travel agents, ticket distributors and global distribution systems in a variety of regulatory and enforcement matters.

  • Represents aviation and non-aviation clients in enforcement actions related to the transportation of hazardous materials, including regulation and transportation of lithium ion batteries, and in matters before US DOT, FAA, TSA, and PHMSA.

  • Advises clients on airport compliance and environmental matters, including NEPA reviews related to airport expansion or development, and grant assurance and PFC compliance.

  • Represents clients on FOIA matters related to protection of confidential and proprietary information.

  • Advises airport, contractors, and concessionaires on US DOT's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program development, implementation and goal-setting requirements.

  • Advises Virgin America in obtaining its certificate of public convenience and necessity and begin air service as a US domestic carrier.

Professional Honors

  • Recognized, Chambers USA, Aviation Regulatory – National, 2007–2019
  • Received honors from Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers, Infrastructure Journal and The Washingtonian
  • Member of firm team named to the Financial Times' "U.S. Innovative Lawyers" list following the groundbreaking completion of the first large-scale U.S. airport privatization

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chair, ABA Forum on Air and Space Law
  • ABA Forum on Air and Space Law - Executive Committee Member, Forum Sponsorship Liaison, Drone Committee Chair
  • International Aviation Womens Association - Member
  • Royal Aeronautical Society - Member
  • AUVSI - Member
  • International Aviation Club - Member


  • District of Columbia~United States (2003)
  • Illinois~United States (1998)


  • University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D.) (1998)
  • Wheaton College (B.S. cum laude) (1995)


  • English


Author, “Ownership and Control of U.S. Air Carriers,” a chapter in Aviation Regulation in the United States, ABA Book, 2014


Panel leader, "The Evolving Regulatory Landscape for Autonomous Technology," Baker McKenzie's Doing Business Globally Conference, October 2018

Presenter, “Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The Changing Legal Landscape,” Practicing Law Institute Webinar, April 2015