Young, Joanne

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Address: 1750 K. Street NW Suite. 200, Washington, DC 20006
Lawyer Firm: Kirstein & Young
Phone: (202) 331-3348

Areas of Practice U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), U.S. State Department, U.S. Justice Department, Aviation/Shipping Commercial Agreements, Antitrust, Federal Legislative and Congressional Matters, International Privacy Law, Export Controls

Joanne Young, Managing Partner of Kirstein & Young, PLLC, is engaged in commercial and federal regulatory law practice, with a focus on aviation. She represents both international and domestic aviation companies and investors before U.S. Government agencies, Congress, and the courts. She has been actively involved in the full range of legal issues arising in the aviation industry, including the start-up of new airlines; code-share agreements and alliances; airline ownership/control/citizenship issues, international negotiations, documentation of aircraft leases, purchases, charters, aircraft/crew/maintenance and insurance (ACMI) agreements, criminal and civil antitrust issues, airport grants, security, international privacy law, DOT and FAA enforcement, consumer protection issues, hazardous materials regulation, commercial transactions and government contracts, legislative issues, arbitration, and litigation. She also has expertise in the field of election law and has regularly served as keynote speaker in annual conferences addressing the field.

Ms. Young is listed in the International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers She has testified before U.S. Congressional Committees on subjects such as aircraft noise regulation, code sharing and the sale of operating slots at U.S. airports.

Ms. Young was elected President of the International Aviation Club (IAC), the International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA), the Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS), the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and as Chair of the Regional Airline Association – Associate Member Group. She founded Executive Women in Aviation and served on the Board of the Women’s Bar Foundation, the ABA Air & Space Law Forum and the D.C. Bar Law Practice Steering Committee. She currently serves on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Industry Advisory Board, is Vice President of the Lawyer’s Democracy Fund, and is Co-Chair of the Republican National Lawyer’s Association (RNLA).

Ms. Young was named the 2013 Attorney of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council and serves on the Board of the City Club of Washington and as a Co-Chair for the Annual Vital Voices Kennedy Center Global Leadership Awards. She was named a Star of the Bar in 2015 by the Women’s Bar Association.

She is a Member of the New York State and District of Columbia Bars and a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Wesleyan University, where she served as a Trustee. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Young completed a judicial clerkship and worked as a trial attorney for the Civil Aeronautics Board. She spent several decades as a partner, including with the New York firm Lord Day Lord, Barrett Smith, and with Baker Hostetler, before founding her present firm in 2006. She has published the Washington Aviation Summary since 1984, a monthly publication covering key developments in the industry, and routinely writes and gives presentations regarding matters impacting the aviation industry.

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