Mr Timothy Lynes > Katten > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Katten
2900 K STREET NW
NORTH TOWER, SUITE 200
WASHINGTON, DC 20007-5118
United States
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Work Department

Aviation

Position

Timothy J. Lynes is the head of the firm’s Aviation practice and managing partner of Katten’s Washington, DC office. He has been representing manufacturers, lessors, airlines and their insurers in the sale, leasing and financing of aircraft for more than 25 years. Much of Tim’s practice involves structuring aircraft sale agreements, cross-border and tax leases, loans, chattel mortgages, residual value and credit support agreements and aviation insurance policies. He also regularly advises clients on Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration regulatory issues.

According to Chambers USA, clients say Tim is “very experienced,” and call him “a problem solver – he excels, and that is based on being dedicated to the industry and experienced, having seen almost everything.” Whether guiding creditors through a major airline bankruptcy involving the restructuring of the financing for hundreds of planes, or assisting an individual client in addressing the regulatory, financing and insurance issues involved in the purchase of business aircraft, Tim handles all types of aviation transactions with a singular focus on finding creative solutions that deliver positive results. He has also represented clients in multidistrict litigation arising from aviation accidents and has served as lead trial counsel in numerous commercial disputes and damages trials.

Tim frequently writes and speaks on topics of interest to the aviation industry, including aircraft registration, federal preemption, aircraft and spare parts leasing, aviation insurance and aircraft credit support. He has made numerous appearances on CNN’s Burden of Proof and other shows to discuss aviation issues from the perspective of manufacturers and airlines.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance

The ‘top-quality’ team at Katten has experience in cross-border and emerging market structured finance deals and commercial fleet transactions, and also handles the sale, financing, purchase and operation of business jets. Department head Timothy Lynes (‘a good leader’) advised long-standing client Embraer on several matters, including the ongoing amendments to the purchase agreement between Embraer and SkyWest, regarding SkyWest’s purchase of more than 100 aircraft. Further, Lynes and Jane Cavanaugh advised Citibank on the sale by Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, National Association of four Boeing 757-200 airframes to Cavu Aerospace. Tom Healey is also noted, as are New York-based Stewart Herman and securitization expert Paul Kruger, who joined in 2018 from Sidley Austin LLP. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.