Jack Gilchrist is a founding director and shareholder of DeBee Gilchrist, P.C., and heads the firm's aviation group as special counsel with respect to transactions involving aircraft, engines, propellers and spare parts.
Mr Gilchrist has focused his career on aviation transactions, representing clients from all areas of the aviation industry with regard to every current structure of aircraft and aircraft engine transactions. He has counseled clients around the world in aircraft transactions, including most of the major air carriers, aircraft and engine leasing companies, air cargo companies, corporations, banks and other lending institutions, as well as aircraft brokers, dealers and manufacturers. These transactions include the sale, purchase, lease and financing of large transport aircraft as well as business aircraft. He also counsels clients in connection with establishing and operating aircraft fractional ownership programs as well as business clients participating as fractional owners. Mr Gilchrist regularly assists clients in structuring transactions and working with pertinent instruments with respect to their recordability with the Federal Aviation Administration, Aircraft Records Branch, in Oklahoma City, and the registration of International Interests under the Cape Town Convention, Aviation Protocol. He often serves as special FAA and International Registry counsel to other law firms and companies in aviation matters. Mr Gilchrist is included in The Global Law Experts Practice Awards, Expert Guides, Aviation; and the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Aviation. His firm, DeBee Gilchrist, was recognized as the Aviation Law Firm of the year in Oklahoma for 2014.
Mr Gilchrist is also a lecturer and author in the areas of aircraft financing, registration and title law. Among other articles, he is the author of Implementation of the International Registry for Interests in Aircraft under the Cape Town Convention. He has served as a lecturer for organizations such as the American Bar Association, the Transportation Lawyers Association, International Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association and is a frequent speaker before the ABA Business Law Section, Aircraft Finance Subcommittee, among others.
Mr Gilchrist serves on the Legal Advisory Panel to the Aviation Working Group under Unidroit, the driving force behind the Cape Town Convention, Aviation Protocol. He is a member of the Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, Federal, American and International Bar Associations. He is a member of the Business Law Section, the Aircraft Financing Subcommittee and the Forum on Air and Space Law of the American Bar Association. He is a member of the Association of Aircraft Title Lawyers, the American Transportation Lawyers Association and the FBA Transportation Law Section.