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Bartholomew J. Banino

Partner Condon & Forsyth LLP

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  • New York

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7 Times Square 10036
New York New York United States

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Bart’s practice primarily focuses on aviation litigation and commercial matters.

Bart joined Condon & Forsyth LLP in 1998 and is a member of the Management Committee. He represents air carriers and other clients from around the world in cases involving mass air disasters, wrongful death, personal injury, cargo damage and loss, aircraft ground accidents, breach of contract, regulatory enforcement and employment issues. He assists air carriers in mass disaster and crisis management planning and also advises carriers and other clients on various commercial matters including contracts and leases. He frequently counsels carriers on regulatory, bankruptcy, employment and labor issues.

Bart was selected for inclusion in the International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: Aviation and Who’s Who Legal: Transport (2012-2018) and was recognized as a “Global Elite Thought Leader” in Aviation for North America. Each year since 2014, Bart has been highly recommended for his work by The Legal 500 United States, which also named Condon & Forsyth a top aviation law firm. Bart is listed as a Leading Aviation Attorney by Aviation Expert Guides (2015 – 2018). He was also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Transportation Law360.

Bart was a Special Publications Editor for the Fordham Urban Law Journal at Fordham University Law School. He was also a Judicial Intern to The Honorable Lawrence M. McKenna, Senior District Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

His memberships include the Federal Bar Council, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State and American Bar Associations.

Firm Description

Condon & Forsyth LLP is widely recognized as the leading specialist law firm in the United States in the area of aviation and aerospace law. While best known for our unparalleled expertise in commercial airline accident investigations and litigation, our attorneys are uniquely qualified and experienced in every aspect of aviation and aerospace law, including product liability, mass disaster and emergency response, aircraft finance, commercial transactions, class actions, and regulatory issues. Our goal is to ensure that our aviation and aerospace clients and their insurers obtain the best financial and legal results considering the unique circumstances of each case.


We have successfully handled virtually every conceivable legal issue for airlines, manufacturers and their insurers, including wrongful death, personal injury, property damage and cargo claims, as well as delay, denied boarding, sexual assault and discrimination claims.  Our attorneys have litigated at the trial level and on appeal many of the landmark legal precedents in aviation law, particularly relating to the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions.


We have represented clients in many major commercial airline disaster litigations and their attendant government investigations.  Many of our attorneys have aviation industry experience or are former or current military and commercial pilots, and regularly represent clients during accident investigations conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We also assist our airline clients in the development and implementation of air carrier family assistance plans that ensure that airline personnel respond appropriately in the event of an accident.


The firm has handled, on a recurring basis, such tasks for its aviation and aerospace clients as:

  • Providing advice about, and preparing contract documentation for, aircraft and equipment purchases, leases and financing;
  • Representing aviation and aerospace entities in DOT and FAA enforcement proceedings for hazardous material violations, Federal Aviation Regulation violations, passenger complaints and alleged violations of cargo shipping sanctions to certain countries;
  • Advising clients on International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) issues;
  • Assuring compliance with U.S. employment laws affecting foreign and locally engaged staff, including issues of wrongful termination and discrimination;
  • Obtaining licenses (foreign air carrier permits, renewals, operating exemptions);
  • Preparing airlines and foreign governments for bilateral discussions on such issues as fifth freedom rights, third country code sharing and open skies;
  • Advising airlines on the antitrust aspects of code sharing, alliances and other airline cooperative agreements and the need for antitrust immunity;
  • Assisting airlines in obtaining or trading High-Density Airport Landing Slots;
  • Obtaining charter authority and operational authorizations for blocked space arrangements, codeshares and wet leases;
  • Handling U.S. customs and immigration problems relating to passengers and cargo and representing clients in front of the U.S. Customs and Border Protections and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies;
  • Representing clients before airport authorities in regard to leases of airport premises, gates, user fees and other operational issues;
  • Advising airlines on DOT advertising rules and standards;
  • Assisting airlines on tariff and noise regulation requirements;
  • Preparing comments on proposed regulatory measures impacting our aviation and aerospace clients;
  • Preparing and reviewing U.S. aircraft registrations, lien recordings at the FAA in Oklahoma City and U.C.C. filings in Washington, D.C.; and
  • Preparing and reviewing contracts with travel agents and wholesalers, charter contracts, freight-forwarder contracts, maintenance and spare parts contracts and passenger and cargo handler contracts.

Our attorneys also author The Liability Reporter, published annually under the auspices of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) and are instructors at the IATA Aviation Training and Development Institute.  Due to their exceptional experience in the aviation and aerospace sector, our attorneys are also frequent lecturers at various legal and industry conferences throughout the world.