International Referral, the world’s largest exclusive network of advisory firms is delighted to introduce Thomas J. Whalen of Schott Johnson, LLP. Thomas has joined IR as our exclusive Aviation Law member in the US – Washington D.C.
Thomas J. Whalen. Mr. Whalen handles international legal issues for clients, particularly in the field of aviation law: providing corporate and regulatory advice to foreign airlines; handling international arbitration disputes; handling the defense of foreign governments under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act; and providing export controls and export sanctions advice and advice on the US Foreign Corrupt Practice Act.
Mr. Whalen has been selected to appear in Expert Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers- Best of the Best-Aviation, published by Euromoney Legal Media Group, and in the 2013 edition of Who’s Who Legal in Aviation Law, published by Law Business Research Ltd, London, England in cooperation with the International Bar Association.
Mr. Whalen has had extensive litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels. He successfully argued the case of Helicopteros Nacionals de Colombia SA (Helicol) v Hall, 466 US 408 (1984) before the Supreme Court of the United States. The Helicol case is the landmark precedent on the issue of the jurisdiction of US courts over foreign companies on claims which arise outside of the United States.
Schott Johnson, LLP is a firm of multilingual and internationally trained attorneys. We assist our clients with business, transactional, litigation and aviation related legal services on national and international legal issues. We add value for our clients and offer cost effective legal solutions for the most complex of matters.
The firm’s practice areas include acting as strategic counsel for international development organizations, renewable energy developers and investors, as well as providing counsel for international litigation, mediation and arbitration.
Aviation. Through specialized counsel, we advise airlines and represent airlines on regulatory issues, equipment acquisition, financing and leasing and litigation. We also advise airlines and lenders on the Cape Town Convention and firms on the US Economic Sanctions regulations, export controls and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
If you have a requirement in this area, please get in touch with Thomas directly or with the International Referral head office for an introduction.