About the Firm

The firm and its staff have years of experience in aviation, including aviation legal considerations, aircraft operations, and maintenance. The team has extensive experience in hundreds of aircraft transactions, ranging from home-built aircraft through the large-cabin corporate aircraft with every major manufacturer, including rotorcraft. Aviation Legal Counsel concentrates on aircraft and aviation related transactions, cross-border transactions, airman defense before the FAA and Department of Transportation, airport real estate and land use, and civil litigation arising from aviation related disputes. Supporting a breadth of clients, the firm is also well versed in the area of fractional ownership and shared ownership arrangements. In the ever-changing business environment of aviation, our commitment is to stay current to support your aviation legal needs, now and in the future.

State Admissions and Aviation Industry Involvement

aviation law - Florida Bar
aviation law - Illinois State Bar
aviation law - Indiana State Bar
aviation law - FABA
aviation law - SFBAA
aviation law - AOPA Finance

Meet Our Team

Forrest Owens



  • Vincennes University – Aviation Technology (A.S. 1998)
  • Indiana University Kelly School of Business (B.S. 2001)
  • Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D. 2005)

Lisa Painter



  • Stark State College in Canton, Ohio - graduating with distinction (Applied Science in Paralegal Studies, 2013)

Susana Arce


Law Clerk

  • Third-year law student at the University of Florida
  • President of the Tax Moot Court
  • Secretary of the Law Association for Women

Erica K. Ramos



  • IATA - International Air Law (2021)
  • Nova Southeastern, Shepard Board College of Law (J.D. 2017)
  • Caldwell University (B.A. 2009)

Bruce M. Young


Of Counsel

  • New York Law School (J.D. 1984)
  • The City College of The City of New York, Max Greenberg Honors Program (B.A 1981)

Eric M. Cartwright


Firm Administrator

  • Daniel Webster College (B.S. Aviation Management, A.S. Flight Operations, A.S. Business Management 1996)
  • Leadership Management International (Training Facilitation, Effective Personal Leadership, 2021)