Gerald F. Murphy, Partner Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.508.8855
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 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 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, consumer protection rules, antitrust immunity and competition matters, airport access and grant issues, airspace and noise restrictions, aircraft certification and operating requirements, and the transportation of hazardous materials. Gerry also counsels foreign airlines and operators on regulatory and transactional matters relating to their international operations to the United States.

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 and all-you-can-fly membership business models, regulatory compliance, security, and airport matters. 

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

Gerry has been recognized by Chambers USA (2011-2016) as a leading lawyer in the Nationwide: Transportation: Aviation Regulatory category. Gerry also serves as the Immediate Past President and a member of the Board of Governors of the International Aviation Club of Washington, D.C., the special legal advisor to the Board of Directors of the Helicopter Association International, the vice-chair of Inter-Pacific Bar Association's Aviation Committee, and 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 a major U.S. airline in its successful bids to obtain DOT antitrust immunity as a member of separate transatlantic and transpacific airline alliances.
  • 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).
  • Advising UAS operators across a range of industries, including chemical, television/film production, natural resources, and retail, on obtaining Section 333 exemption operating authority pursuant to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
  • Counseled a large private equity fund client on structuring its acquisition of a major international fixed-base operator (FBO) and its Part 135 air carrier affiliates.
  • Advised an international government contractor on the acquisition and financing of its fleet of several dozen mission specific aircraft.
  • 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.


Admitted to Practice: District of Columbia and Virginia


Chambers USA Nationwide: Transportation: Aviation: Regulatory Category: 2015 (Band 2); 2014 (Band 3); 2013 (Up and Coming); 2012 (Up and Coming); and 2011 (Up and Coming)


  • Aero Club of Washington
  • American Bar Association: Forum on Air & Space Law and International Transportation Committee
  • International Aviation Club of Washington, D.C.
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association: Aviation Committee
  • National Business Aviation: Regulatory Industry Advisory Group and Security Council

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • “Letters of Intent and Purchase Agreements, Read the Fine Print: When It’s More Than Just a Piece of Paper!” Helicopter Association International (HAI), HELI-EXPO 2016, Financing & Leasing Seminar, Louisville, KY (February 29, 2016). Speaker: Gerald F. Murphy.
  • "Keeping Our Industry Competitive – How Do We Adapt to Stay Ahead?" European Regions Airline Association (ERA) 2015 General Assembly, Berlin, Germany (October 14, 2015). Panelists: Gerald F. Murphy, Stefan Pichler, Hugh Flynn, Árni Gunnarsson, and John Strickland.
  • "Aviation and Environmental Law, the Next Generation," ABA Forum on Air & Space Law, Marina del Rey, CA (September 17, 2015). Panelist: Gerald F. Murphy.
  • “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.


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Jan.17.2013 Crowell & Moring Elects Seven New Partners and Promotes Twelve Attorneys to Senior Counsel and Counsel Positions
Jun.07.2012 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 18 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
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Jan.11.2010 Crowell & Moring Elects Four New Partners and Promotes Eight Attorneys to Counsel Positions
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