Gerald F. Murphy, Partner Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.508.8855
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2595

Gerry Murphy is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and is co-chair of the firm's Aviation Group. As a member of the firm's Aviation, Administrative Law/Regulatory, and Corporate practice groups, he focuses on aviation regulatory matters, disputes, and commercial transactions. Gerry has over a decade of experience advising a wide range of businesses on aviation-related issues.

Gerry represents major U.S. airlines, trade associations and other aircraft operators on a variety of licensing, enforcement and rulemaking proceedings before the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and other agencies. Gerry's primary focus is on regulatory compliance matters, including air carrier ownership and citizenship requirements, DOT consumer protection rules, airport, airspace and noise restrictions, and FAA operating requirements. Gerry also counsels foreign airlines and operators on matters pertaining to their service to the United States and regulatory and transactional matters relating to their international operations.

In addition, Gerry advises corporate aircraft operators, aviation service companies, manufacturers, and investors on a broad spectrum of issues in the aviation sector, including corporate aircraft transactions, per-seat charter business models, regulatory compliance, security, and airport matters. 

Gerry is also at the forefront of counseling clients on the emerging regulatory challenges surrounding the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, and their integration into the National Airspace System.

Gerry has been recognized by Chambers USA (2011-2015) as a leading lawyer in the Nationwide: Transportation: Aviation Regulatory category. Gerry also serves as the president of the International Aviation Club of Washington, the special legal advisor to the Board of Directors of the Helicopter Association International, and the co-chair of International Transportation Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, and is a member of the National Business Aviation Association's Regulatory Industry Advisory Group and its Security Council.  

Representative Engagements

  • Advised major U.S. airline clients on the regulatory processes and standards for merger approvals and related requirements and counseled on parallel foreign processes and subsequent integration issues.
  • Represented the Helicopter Association International (HAI) in its challenge to the FAA's New York North Shore Route Final Rule (relating to noise-based restrictions on helicopter operations over Long Island) before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Case No. 12-1335).
  • Counseled a major advertising firm client in connection with FAA regulations and policies applicable to the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in a nationally-televised product launch campaign.
  • Counseled a large investment fund client on structuring its acquisition of an international fixed-base operator (FBO) and its Part 135 air carrier affiliates.
  • Represented a coalition of Grand Canyon air tour operators in their opposition to far-reaching restrictions proposed in the National Park Service's Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Special Flight Rules Area in the Vicinity of Grand Canyon National Park – Actions to Substantially Restore Natural Quiet (DES 10-60) and related legislative efforts.
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