Gerald F. Murphy, Partner Washington, D.C.
gmurphy@crowell.com
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 a senior advisor to the 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.


Affiliations

Admitted to Practice: District of Columbia, Virginia

Awards

Up and Coming in 2011, 2012, and 2013 in Chambers USA Nationwide: Transportation: Aviation: Regulatory category

Memberships

President of the International Aviation Club of Washington
Special legal advisor to the Board of Directors of the Helicopter Association International
Co-chair of International Transportation Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law
Member of the National Business Aviation Association's Regulatory Industry Advisory Group and its Security Council



Speeches & Presentations

  • “Domestic Drones: What the Latest Advancements in Aviation Technology Mean to Security, Liability, Privacy, and Commerce,” Catholic University Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C. (November 2014). Panelists: Gerald F. Murphy, Dean E. Griffith, Dr. Matthew Hutchinson, and Professor Mary G. Leary.
  • "Moving a Product from A to B: A Primer on Regulatory Compliance in the Area of Commercial Transport," ABA's Section of International Law 2013 Spring Meeting (April 2013). Panelists: Lorraine B. Halloway, Lizbeth L. Burrell, and Dr. Marco Ramiorz; Moderator: Gerald F. Murphy.
  • "On-Demand Operations Under Part 135 and the 'New' Air Taxi Business Models - Has Everything (or Nothing) Changed?," NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum, Dayton, OH (June 2008). Speaker: Gerald F. Murphy.
  • "Private Equity Investment in Aviation," Strategic Research Institute - 13th Annual Corporate Aircraft Transactions Conference, New York, NY (June 2008). Speaker: Gerald F. Murphy.
  • "One Size Does Not Fit All - A Different Perspective on the Regulation of Business Aviation: Changes to Part 375 for Certain Business Aviation Activities Using U.S.-Registered Foreign Civil Aircraft," Strategic Research Institute - 11th Annual Corporate Aircraft Transactions Conference - New York, NY (2006). Speaker: Gerald F. Murphy.
  • "Industry Update: Very Light Jets (VLJs) - The Regulatory Environment," NBAA - Business Aviation Regional Forum - San Jose, CA (2005). Speaker: Gerald F. Murphy.
  • "The Role of the Industry in Affecting Government Change and the Reaction to the Changing Regulatory Environment," Strategic Research Institute - 10th Annual Corporate Aircraft Transactions Conference - New York, NY (2005). Speaker: Gerald F. Murphy.


Publications

  • "Regulatory Forecast 2015: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year," a Crowell & Moring LLP publication (January 2015). Contributors.
  • "The Mining Law Monitor," Crowell & Moring Publication, Vol. 27, Issue 3 (Fall 2014). Editor: Daniel W. Wolff; Authors: Edward M. Green, Gerald F. Murphy, Daniel W. Wolff, and Steven J. Seiden.
  • "FAA's Role, History, and Statutory Authority," Aviation Regulation in the United States, American Bar Association (July 2014). Co-Authors: Jonathan T. Linde and Gerald F. Murphy.
  • "Federal Regulation of Business Aviation," Aviation Regulation in the United States, American Bar Association (July 2014). Co-Authors: Eileen M. Gleimer, Gerald F. Murphy, and Steven J. Seiden.
  • "Regulating Annoyance: FAA's North Shore Helicopter Route Final Rule," The Air & Space Lawyer, Vol. 26, No. 2 (2013). Co-Authors: Gerald F. Murphy and Steven J. Seiden.
  • "Commercial Space Flight: Recent Turbulence and Promising Future?" Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Legal Forum (June 5, 2013). Co-Authors: Raymond F. Monroe, Gerald F. Murphy, Jonathan Linde, Paul Alp, Stephen J. McBrady, and Jonathan M. Baker.
  • "United States Aviation Regulatory Developments, International Transportation Law," International Lawyer, International Legal Developments in Review: 2010, American Bar Association (Spring 2010). Co-Authors: Mark J. Andrews, James H. Bergeron, Leendert Creyf, Catherine Erkelens, Lorraine B. Halloway (Co-editor), David Hernandez, Gerald F. Murphy (Co-editor), Catherine A. Pawluch and Erin Spry Staton.
  • Airline Alliances, Antitrust Immunity and Mergers in the United States, (September 2009). Co-Authors: R. Bruce Keiner, Jr., Lorraine B. Halloway, and Gerald F. Murphy.
  • "United States Aviation Regulatory Developments, International Transportation Law," International Lawyer, International Legal Developments in Review: 2007, American Bar Association (Summer 2008). Co-Authors: Mark J. Andrews, Leendert Creyf, Gerald F. Murphy, Catherine Pawluch and Kenneth E. Seigel.
  • "Developments in Aviation Law, International Transportation Law," International Lawyer, International Legal Developments in Review: 2005, American Bar Association (Summer 2006). Co-Authors: Jim Bergeron, Lorraine B. Halloway, Gerald F. Murphy, Carolyn Elbert, Mark J. Andrews, and Steven Snell.
  • "Certification of Commercial Aircraft Operations – Which Rules Apply?," National Business Aviation Association, Flight Operations Resources (June 2006). Co-Authors: Gerald F. Murphy and Mark Larsen.
  • "Subrogation or Subterfuge: The Myth of ERISA Health Benefit Plans," Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy (Winter 2002). Author: Gerald F. Murphy.


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In the News

  • Drone Law Practices Are Beginning to Take Flight
    January 26, 2015 — National Law Journal

    Crowell & Moring's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice is recognized as one of the firms in Washington, D.C. with a drone-focused practice group, a quickly growing niche in the regulatory arena. In this realm, the firms advise on new FAA regulations and fines on drone usage from commercial entities to individuals, and client compliance with existing policies. Learn more about the firm's UAS practice by clicking here.

  • Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q2
    July 11, 2014 — Law360

    Law360 highlights the 2014 second quarter promotions and leadership announcements among various law firms. The Crowell & Moring attorneys mentioned include: Elieen M. Gleimer and Gerald F. Murphy, named co-chairs of the firm's Aviation Group; Bryan Brewer, named co-chair of the firm's Corporate Group; Ian A. Laird, named co-chair of the firm's International Dispute Resolution group; and Eric Edwards, named chair of the firm's Government Affairs Group.


  • FAA Drone Plan Has Aerospace Industry's Hopes Soaring
    November 8, 2013 — Aerospace & Defense Law360

    Aviation partner and member of the firm's Washington, D.C. office, Gerald Murphy talks about the FAA's new polity roadmap for unmanned aircraft and how they may become part of the U.S. airspace. Murphy comments, "There are certainly unmanned aircraft systems that are in the box and ready to go. Right now, the federal government, states and law enforcement are using unmanned aircraft… This roadmap is a significant and important step towards eventual integration of UAS into the airspace."




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