Regulatory Matters & Exports
We are able to offer commercially astute guidance on the complex regulations surrounding the aerospace and defense sector on both sides of the Atlantic. This includes anti-bribery and corruption tools, export control regulations, economic and trade sanctions, data security, health and safety and the environment.
We are also familiar with defense export sales and can guide aerospace and defense sector clients in responding to domestic and international bids, and facilitate the supporting commercial negotiations and contract finalization.
Intellectual Property & Technology
Whether you are designing a jet engine or a passenger seat, as an aerospace and defense company the innovations you produce are critically important both to your business and the support of our armed forces. We understand how valuable your intellectual property is, and we’re here to help you protect and monetize it. Our patent attorneys and agents work regularly with companies in the aerospace sector – from the world’s largest aerospace company to growth companies with little patent experience -- to help them identify and describe patentable inventions, develop patent strategies, prepare and prosecute patents, and build and manage patent portfolios.
Our experience encompasses the broad disciplines of electrical and computer technology, mechanical engineering and materials science, and chemical engineering. In aerospace and defense, we are experienced in diverse technologies from platform pre-production to production, service and maintenance, including the following:
- Computer-aided design (CAD) and engineering (CAE)
- Systems / software engineering
- Modeling, simulation and analysis
- Structures, chemicals, materials and interior
- Tooling and assembly
- Platform systems
- Aerodynamics, mechanics and control
- Guidance and navigation
- Network systems and cybersecurity
Defense Procurement & Supply Chain Management
Our supply chain management team is focused on facilitating and supporting more reliable and robust supply chains for our aerospace clients. We have developed, modified and negotiated major purchase agreements for all phases of aircraft development, production, and support, focusing on manufacturer’s key issues such as on-time delivery, product quality, change order management, intellectual property protection and licensing, product support and warranty, liability exposure and mitigation, and disruption mitigation. We have worked with OEMs and major tier suppliers to harmonize terms and conditions to improve efficiency and predictability, and addressed supply chain disruption techniques to mitigate risk and delays. We are also able to provide advice on single source contracting and developing alternate suppliers (and protecting intellectual property in both cases), as well as addressing the rules surrounding defense procurement.
We advise aerospace clients on the development and execution of strategic transactions that fuel growth and meet critical financial goals. We provide leadership and guidance on sophisticated merger, acquisition and joint venture transactions.
We have significant experience managing complex litigation for aerospace and defense industry clients. We have represented aviation equipment and aircraft manufacturers as well as aviation support companies in state and federal court commercial and tort litigation matters, including product liability matters involving aircraft accidents.
We also have represented a wide variety of aerospace and defense industry companies in complex disputes involving trade secrets, general contracts, regulatory matters, and domestic and international arbitration.
Browse our Aerospace & Defense Lawyers