Charles Donley is a partner and chair of Pillsbury's Aviation, Aerospace and Transportation practice. Mr Donley's work is focused on the representation of U.S.-based and non-U.S.-based airlines as well as aviation industry manufacturers and service providers, tour operators, airports, airline trade groups, travel agent industry associations, aircraft brokers and foreign governments. He serves as U.S. counsel to nearly fifty international airlines based in the U.S., Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. Mr Donley is listed consistently in Chambers USA as one of the leading aviation attorneys in the United States and is recognized worldwide as an aviation authority.
Mr Donley has represented clients before the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of State and National Transportation Safety Board, in addition to various state and local agencies. He has extensive experience in aviation licensing, enforcement and operating matters, and frequently provides advice to senior client management on issues involving codesharing, international route authority, bilateral negotiations, foreign investment, strategic alliances, joint ventures and partnering agreements, aviation safety and security, and the regulatory aspects of commercial and general aviation aircraft registration, ownership and leasing. Mr Donley has also represented clients before the Departments of Homeland Security (including CBP and the TSA) and Agriculture in obtaining operating clearances, as well as in cases involving enforcement and penalty issues.
Mr Donley's experience is not limited to regulatory representation. He has considerable experience in counseling aviation industry clients in a wide variety of commercial matters, including commercial and business jet sale and lease agreements, airline alliances and joint marketing agreements, fractional ownership programs, crew leasing and training agreements, airport and facility use agreements, equipment maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contracts, work-out agreements, aircraft handling and servicing agreements, advertising and publicity agreements, licensing and confidentiality agreements, and service mark and trademark use and protection. He has often assisted clients in developing negotiating strategies and goals and in interpreting existing and proposed contractual obligations.
Mr Donley has also represented U.S. and international clients nationwide in litigation involving governmental, commercial and personal claims. He is experienced in defending against actions brought by government regulators, as well as in prosecuting and defending cases involving cargo loss or damage, application of tariffs, claims under the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions, and commercial disputes with vendors, equipment lessors, aircraft handling and servicing companies and travel agencies.
Mr Donley received his A.B. (Phi Beta Kappa) from Cornell University, and his J.D. from the University of Illinois, where he was a Harno Scholar.