Roy applies his experience litigating cases on behalf of airlines, other aviation entities, and large and small companies, to pursue vigorously—with passion and judgment—the ability of his clients to conduct their operations free of burdensome regulations, fees, taxes, and charges, and other unwelcome interference.


A business and regulatory litigator focused on aviation, other transportation sectors, and international trade, Roy has first chair trial experience before juries, federal and state court judges, and administrative agencies and before courts of appeal throughout the United States.

Roy draws on his extensive trial experience to counsel companies and individuals facing a wide range of complex legal issues. He helps airlines and other aviation industry entities in regulatory challenges, manufacturers and importers in trade disputes, argues appeals, defends patent holders, and represents companies before arbitration panels throughout the United States and Europe.


Roy represents airlines, an airline trade association, and fixed base operators in 14 C.F.R. part 13 and part 16 administrative litigation before the FAA.

Roy focuses on ensuring that airports that receive federal funds comply with their "grant assurances," by filing complaints with FAA and in the U.S. Court Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge airport conduct.

In 2016, Roy assisted the City of Ontario, CA obtain transfer of the ownership of Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles.

Roy previously represented seven airlines in their successful effort to reduce by hundreds of millions of dollars the rates and charges imposed by Los Angeles International Airport for use of its terminals.

He also represented airlines in successful challenges to user fees imposed by the FAA for air traffic control, the Transportation Security Administration for airport security screening, the State of Hawaii for cargo inspection fees and the Township of Tinicum, Pennsylvania for landing at Philadelphia International Airport.

Roy has represented major airlines in negotiating airport leases and litigated many cases involving patents in the airport and airline industry.

He played a leading role (including two oral arguments before the DC Circuit) in groundbreaking litigation against the first FAA fees for the provision of air traffic control and related services, which can serve as a predicate for future development of ATC user fees, and the potential legal challenge to such fees.

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Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "New World Order: Navigating the Arbitration Landscape," American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance (TRIP) Aviation and Space Law Committee Conference on "Contemporary Aviation and Space Litigation: A World View," October 2018, Washington, D.C

Luncheon Speaker, "What GA Can Learn from Airline Vigilance in Pursuing Reasonable and Non-discriminatory Airport Fees," AOPA Airport Access Advisory Panel Meeting, October 2018

Panelist, "The Aviation Security Legal Framework: 9/11 to the Present," Federal Bar Association's Transportation Security Law, May 2018 

Moderator, "Hot Topics for the Cargo Roundtable: Handle With Care," IATA Legal Symposium, March 2018

"Aviation Litigation Update: Fees, Wage Laws, Airports and Other Challenges," 2015 Forum on Air & Space Law Update Conference, February 2015 

"Preemption Revisited," International Air Transport Association Legal Symposium, February 2014 

"Strategic Differences Between and Considerations Involving the Choice of Federal and State Jurisdiction," University of Baltimore School of Law, February 2014


"Judicial Beacons Light the Way for Interpreting Airline 'Service' under the ADA," American Bar Association Air and Space Law Forum, November 2018

Featured, "Things To Watch In The New FAA Reauthorization," Law360, October 2018

Featured, "Kavanaugh's Transportation Rulings Favor Limited Deference," Law360, July 2018 

Featured, "Drone Test Sites Give States Expanded Regulatory Role," Law360, May 2018

Featured, "Provisions to Watch in the House's FAA Reauthorization, Law360, April 2018

Featured, "ITC Says Chinese, Thai Rubber Bands Hurting US Industry," Law360, March 2018

Featured, "4 Things To Watch In FAA Reauthorization Talks," Law360, March 2018 

Featured, "TSA Shield Thickens After 3rd Circ. 1st Amendment Ruling," Law360, August 2017

Featured, "Shrinking Airline Seat Size Tests FAA's Regulatory Limits," Law360, July 2017

Featured, "Constitutional Questions Prolong Air Traffic Control Debate," Law360, July 2017 

Featured, "In-Flight E-Cigs Ruling Firms Up DOT Rulemaking Power," Law 360, July 2017

Featured, "Traveler Angst, New Protocols Free Airlines From Laptop Ban," Law360, July 2017

Featured, "New DHS Security Directive Leaves Airlines Holding The Bag," Law360, June 2017

Featured, "Carriers, Airports Face New Risks If Laptop Ban Is Expanded," Law360, June 2017

"What the High Court May Not Address in Frequent Flyer Case," Law360, December 2013 

"Ginsberg v. Northwest: An Opportunity to Bring the Ninth Circuit into the Fold on ADA Preemption," The Air & Space Lawyer, October 2013

"DOT Finds Unjust Discrimination in the Terminal Rents at LAX," The Transportation Antitrust Update, December 2007

"A Tale of Two Airports: Why DOT Found Unjust Discrimination Against Airlines at LAX but Not at Newark," CCH Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, October 2007

"Airline Challenges to Airport Abuses of Economic Power," Journal of Air Law and Commerce, May 2007 



Part of the Law360 "Transportation Group of the Year," 2016

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Member of the ABA Air and Space Law Forum Governing Committee, 2012 – 2016, and currently on the Editorial Board for the Air and Space Law Forum

ABA Air and Space Law Forum Membership Committee, Co-Chair, 2015 - present

President-Elect for 2020 for  the D.C.-based International Aviation Club

Wings Club, Member


  • District of Columbia, 1989
  • Maryland, 1998
  • Colorado, 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for DC Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade


University of Colorado School of Law, J.D., 1987

  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Colorado Law Review

University of Kansas, B.A., 1984

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