Paul A. Lange

Paul represents aviation businesses in solving significant and challenging problems. His background litigating and trying to verdict judgment aviation matters nationwide before federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies, sometimes simultaneously, brings a breadth of opportunities to the table when seeking to resolve disputes at their earliest opportunity or in complicated business structures restricted by regulatory overlays. In addition to remaining current trying cases, Paul’s transactional and aviation regulatory practice includes formation, mergers and acquisitions of fixed base operators (FBO’s), air carriers, air charter brokers, public charter operators, maintenance and repair organizations (MRO’s), and the purchase, sale and lease of aircraft.

Paul’s background includes 3 1/2 years with the FAA, experience at two large law firms, leadership positions in various aviation industry and bar association committees focusing on aviation, and project management for successful lobbying campaigns associated with federal, state and local legislative and regulatory initiatives affecting aviation businesses. He also leads the audit committee of the New England Air Museum Board of Directors and has done so through tremendous growth at the museum to include funding initiatives such as two state grant funding transactions toiling several millions of dollars, new building construction and redevelopment of existing structures. Paul is an active pilot with over 3,000 hours and experiences in dozens of aircraft types.

* The Super Lawyers designation is based on regional balloting by attorneys, third-party research, and a peer review process encompassing myriad practice areas. Paul was named a Super Lawyer in both Connecticut and the New England region for Aviation and Aerospace in 2014 – 2018. An explanation of the Super Lawyer methodology can be found here.

 

  • “Certificate Time Bombs”, presented at the Annual Pacific Northwest Aviation Law & Insurance Seminar in Stevenson, WA (September 13, 2013)
  • “Most Frequently Issued FAA Part 135 Violations”, presented at the National Air Transportation Association in Chantilly, VA (June 7, 2011)
  • “Responding to Enforcement Actions; What Are Your Rights?”, presented at the National Air Transportation Association in Chantilly, VA (June 9, 2009)
  • “Dealing with the FAA: The Hidden Risks”, presented at the Oxford Flying Club (Oxford, CT, February 17, 2009)
  • “Local Aviation Groups: Where the Rubber Meets the Road”, presented at the National Business Aviation Association Annual Meeting& Convention (Orlando, FL, October 4, 2008)
  • “Fatal on Final Approach – Attacking Incompatible Zoning”, presented at the AIA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA (May 2, 2005)
  • “Embattled Airports”, presented at the National Business Aviation Association Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV (October 12, 2004)
  • “Tort and Regulatory Liability of the Scheduler/Dispatcher” – presented to the National Business Aviation Association’s Schedulers and Dispatchers Convention (Savannah, GA, January 2004)
  • Fundamentals of Liability Insurance Law Seminar – continuing legal education program presented by Sterling Education Services (Bridgeport, CT, October 15, 2003)
  • Warranties: What Can and Can’t Be Disclaimed, presented at PMA’s & DER Approved Repairs conference (San Antonio, TX, March 25, 2003)
  • Legal Management, presented at “Team Leader Training for Aviation Maintenance Professionals”, sponsored by the National Air Transportation Association (Tampa, Florida, May 9 and 10, 2000 and St. Louis, Missouri, November 13 and 14, 2000)
  • Enforcement – Is a Causal Connection Required to Avoid Coverage on an Aviation Liability Policy?, presented at the Lawyers-Pilots Bar Association Summer Meeting (Sun Valley, July 2000)
  • Aviation Data: Propriety, Approval and Misappropriation, presented at the Airline Suppliers Association Annual Conference (Las Vegas, June 2000)
  • A Flight School on Trial, presented at the International Flight School Operators Conference (Allentown, Pennsylvania, March 2000)
  • Elements of Third-Party Practice, presented at the New York State Bar Association’s Construction Site Litigation Seminar (New York, New York October, 1999)
  • Parts Purchasing – Commercial Laws and Case Histories, presented at the Airline Supplier Association’s Annual Conference “Strategies for Success in Aviation” (Marco Island, Florida, July, 1999)
  • Enforceability of Warranties in the Sale of Aircraft Parts, presented at the Gorham Advanced Materials’ conference “OEM, PMA & DER Approvals for Aircraft Engine Parts Manufacture & Repair” (San Antonio, March, 1999)
  • FAA Enforcement – What Every Certificate Holder Should Know, presented at the Aviation Maintenance Conference: Ensuring Safety through Quality Management during Aircraft Maintenance, sponsored by the International Quality and Productivity Centre (Hong Kong, May 1998)
  • Employment Laws of Concern to the Corporate Flight Department, presented at the NBAA 7th Annual Corporate Aviation Management Conference (Houston, January 1998)
  • Enforcement – What Every FAA Certificate Holder Should Know, presented at the Second Annual European Conference on Ensuring Safety through Quality Management during Aircraft Maintenance, sponsored by the International Quality and Productivity Centre (Amsterdam, December 1997)
  • Impact of FAA Enforcement Proceedings on Related Tort Litigation, presented to the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, New England Regional Meeting (Nantucket, October 1997)
  • Pitfalls in the Transfer of Aircraft Parts: Commercial Concerns and Criminal Liabilities, presented at the Airline Suppliers Association Annual Conference (Palm Beach, July 1997)
  • Enforcement – What Every FAA Certificate Holder Should Know, presented at the First Major Asia-Pacific Conference on Ensuring Safety through Quality Management during Aircraft Maintenance, sponsored by the International Quality and Productivity Centre (Singapore, June 1997)
  • National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) (Member, Regulatory Issues Advisory Group)
  • National Air Transportation Association (NATA) (Member, Air Charter Committee; prior service on the Airports Committee)
  • Connecticut Business Aviation Group (Chairman)
  • Long Island Business Aviation Association (Board of Directors)
  • National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association (New England Region Vice-President)
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association (LPBA)
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) (Member, Legal Services Plan)
  • Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) (Member, Litigation, Insurance Law, and Federal Procedure)
  • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA) (Member, Air & Space Law, Litigation, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice)
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Aviation Insurance Association (AIA)
  • Helicopter Association International (HAI)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) (Member, Aerospace Law, Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Trial Tactics and Trucking Law)
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
  • The Wings Club