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Mark E. McKinnon

2318 Mill Road
Suite 1100
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone:  703.248.7005
Fax:  703.647.5989


Mr. Mark McKinnon has worked for over 27 years in all areas of aviation and transportation law, including litigation, appellate, regulatory and other administrative matters. He has written and spoken extensively on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and aviation matters. In addition, he is co-editor of the Plane-ly Spoken blog, which is dedicated to providing up-to-date news, analysis, and opinion on issues that affect the aviation industry.

Mark has extensive appellate and litigation experience in a variety of areas, including foreign and domestic mass disasters, multidistrict litigation, federal aviation regulatory and enforcement actions, insurance coverage, complex commercial litigation involving intellectual property and unfair trade practices, the Federal Tort Claims Act, and government contractor actions.

In addition, he has litigated and advised clients on numerous aspects of international air transportation, including the application of the Warsaw Convention, Hague Convention, Montreal Protocols, Montreal Convention, and International Civil Aviation Organization’s International Standards and Recommended Practices. He has also represented clients in a number of international arbitrations, including proceedings in Malaysia, Singapore, and South Africa.

Mark also assist clients in their efforts to obtain approval for complex commercial UAS operations, including beyond visual line of sight and autonomous flight.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Alexandria, Virginia, 2017 - Present
  • Dentons, Washington, D.C., 2015 - 2017
  • McKenna Long & Aldridge, Washington, D.C., 2013 - 2015
  • Dombroff & Gilmore, Washington, D.C., 1994 - 2013
  • Katten Muchin Zavis & Dombroff, Washington, D.C., 1990 - 1994

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  • J.D., Catholic University School of Law, 1989
  • B.A., Economics, University of Chicago, 1986

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted only in:
  • District of Columbia, 1994

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan