Jennifer Trock is chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Aviation Group and the immediate past chair of the North America International Commercial Practice Group. She leads the Firm's unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) focus team and is a member of the Firm's Future Mobility Taskforce. She is the immediate past chair of the ABA's Forum on Air & Space Law.
Jennifer has been recognized by Chambers USA, Aviation Regulatory – National (2007-2022) and has received honors from Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Aviation Lawyers, Infrastructure Journal and The Washingtonian. Jennifer has also been recognized by Women in Business Law (Americas) as the Aviation Lawyer of the Year in consecutive years (2021-2022).
Jennifer routinely advises airlines, airports, aerospace manufacturers, commercial space companies, travel distribution clients, OEMs, and corporate entities on complex transportation and aviation-related regulatory, aviation safety, commercial, litigation, enforcement, restructuring, and financing matters. She has also handled all types of transportation-related regulatory issues, including with respect to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements, transportation of hazardous materials, motor carrier licensing, and transportation security matters.
Jennifer has extensive experience in airline licensing, airline restructuring and citizenship requirements, UAS requirements, automated vehicles, airline route proceedings, appellant matters, international aviation (including IATA and ICAO requirements and 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.
In addition to traditional commercial aviation matters, Jennifer focuses a substantial portion of her practice on UAS. She has extensive experience representing all areas of the drone sector on a range of regulatory and commercial matters, including manufacturers, small drone operators and contractors, as well as emerging technology in the areas of High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) applications and passenger carrying self-piloted aircraft. Jennifer is also focused on the emerging area of urban air mobility and advanced air mobility, including electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, including regulatory, commercial, operational, and related-infrastructure issues.
Representative Legal Matters
Airlines and Aircraft Operators
- Represents US and foreign airlines in aviation regulatory matters, including licensing, route proceedings, antitrust applications, certification, enforcement, compliance, restructuring, and corporate matters.
- Represents clients in airline restructuring matters, including with respect to ownership and control requirements.
- Advised Virgin America in obtaining its certificate of public convenience and necessity and begin air service as a US domestic carrier.
- Represents charter operators and Part 380 charters in an array of FAA and DOT matters.
- Represents investors and operators in connection with public-private partnership initiatives at major airports in the US under the FAA's Airport Investment Partnership Program
- Represented Aerostar, the winning bidder in the privatization of the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport — the first major US airport to successfully go through the FAA's Airport Privatization Program.
- Advises clients on airport compliance and environmental matters, including NEPA reviews related to airport expansion or development, and grant assurance and PFC compliance.
- 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 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.
Manufacturers and Lessors
- Represents suppliers and OEMs regarding aviation requirements and commercial agreements.
- Recognized by Women in Business Law Americas as "Aviation Lawyer of the Year," 2021-2022
- Recognized, Chambers USA, Aviation Regulatory – National, 2007–2022
- 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.
- Recognized for Aviation Regulatory by Who’s Who Legal: Transport
Professional Associations and Memberships
- ABA Forum on Air and Space Law - Immediate Past 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)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit~United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit~United States
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia~United States
- University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D.) (1998)
- Wheaton College (B.S., cum laude) (1995)
Publications & Presentations
- Co-author, "Expanded Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations - FAA Publishes Long-Awaited Final Rules on Remote Identification and Operations Over People," Baker McKenzie InsightPlus, February 2021
- Co-author, "Dive in to The Biden-Harris Administration and the Future of Supply Chains in the Americas," (joint thought leadership report with the Atlantic Council), November 2020
- Co-author, "Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The Evolving Legal Landscape in the United States and Europe," a chapter in The Journal of PLI Press, Vol. 1, No. 2, Autumn 2017
- Co-author, "NTSB Investigations of Aircraft Accidents," a chapter in Litigating the Aviation Case, ABA Book Publishing, 2017
- Author, "Ownership and Control of U.S. Air Carriers," a chapter in Aviation Regulation in the United States, ABA Book, 2014
- Jennifer Trock, Paul Alpern, Christopher Leuchten, Kevin Grover, “The Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the Construction Industry in the United States and Canada: An Overview of the Applicable Frameworks,” 12 No. 1 Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyer