The AOPA Legal Services Plan is a pre-paid legal services plan that provides consultation and representation benefits to participating AOPA members in the event of an aviation aviation-related legal matter, such as an FAA enforcement action against a pilot’s certificate, an aircraft accident, or the purchase or sale of an aircraft. The in-house legal team provides “legal triage” for these members, typically providing an initial consultation by telephone. If further representation is appropriate, then the member may retain an attorney from the Plan’s network of over 750 panel attorneys or use Plan benefits toward payment for any non-panel attorney.
Under limited supervision of Attorney II or Senior Attorney, render legal services to AOPA Legal Services Plan participants, including initial consultations via telephone concerning aviation-related legal matters covered by the LSP. These aviation-related matters include, but are not limited to, FAA actions to suspend or revoke FAA issued certificates, FAA civil penalties, aircraft purchase/sale/lease transactions, taxes and aircraft accidents.
Provide advice and guidance to AOPA staff and LSP panel attorneys in support of operation of the LSP, including but not limited to responding to inquiries from LSP panel attorneys concerning aviation law, preparing aviation-related legal articles and materials for publication in AOPA media, and preparing and conducting educational seminars.
Under limited supervision of Attorney II or Senior Attorney, conduct legal research, analyze legal issues, and provide legal advice in support of the LSP and AOPA’s General Counsel in matters such as the operation of a legal services plan, aviation-related state and federal laws, regulations, and policies, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and aviation-related litigation in state and federal courts.
Represent AOPA and the LSP by occasionally traveling to AOPA regional Fly-Ins and other aviation or law-related events.
Experience & Education:
A JD is required from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).
Minimum of 1-3 years of relevant legal experience.
Currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a State or Territory of the United States or the District of Columbia. Although not required, admission to the Maryland Bar is preferred.
The ideal candidate has a strong interest in aviation, possesses superb verbal and written communication skills, and excels at the client consultation process.
A background in aviation or experience with aviation-related legal matters is preferred.
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