Hinckley Law, PLLC

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About Christa Hinckley

Christa Hinckley is a Dallas-Fort Worth based aviation attorney who has over 30 years of legal and management experience. Her primary areas of practice are aviation transactions, regulatory compliance (including international treaties), insurance, emergency response and crisis preparedness. On February 2, 2018, Ms. Hinckley joined the firm of LeClairRyan, a law firm that has approximately 325 attorneys, and offices throughout the United States. Additional information about Ms. Hinckley can be found on their website, and Ms.Hinckley can also be reached at her LeClairRyan email which is christa.hinckley@leclairryan.com.

Attorney Christa Hinckley Her experience consists of a broad range of issues in the aviation industry, including:
• Domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, and other commercial transactions,
• International aviation treaties,
• National and international regulatory compliance, including NTSB,  FAA and EASA,
• Aircraft and engine purchases and sales,
• Aircraft leasing, hangaring, renovation and completion
• Repair, maintenance and overhaul agreements,
•    Aircraft management and charter operations
•    Risk and insurance issues, including

Risk assessment and management,
Aviation hull and liability insurance and other insurance coverage matters such as premises liability, workers compensation, and Directors’ and Officers’ insurance,
Emergency preparedness and crisis response,
Insured claims,
Bodily injury and wrongful death mediation and settlement

Her clients include high net worth individuals who own or operate their own aircraft, charter operators, management companies, airlines, aviation maintenance technology companies, and flight departments of international corporations, as well other companies whose businesses include transportation regulatory oversight. She advises them on aircraft acquisition and disposition, regulatory compliance, insurance, and maintenance, repair and overhaul agreements.

Ms. Hinckley began her career with a major Denver based law firm before joining American Airlines’ Legal Deprtment in 1986. From 1986 to 1994, Ms. Hinckley held various positions in American’s Legal Department. In 1994, she became the Managing Director of Insurance and Risk Management for American Airlines, American Eagle (now Envoy) and other affiliates, a position she held until late 2001. In that capacity, Ms. Hinckley was on the two airlines’ “Go-Teams,” and responded to four fatal accidents involving AA and AE and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Ms. Hinckley also managed the legal and insurance aspects of AA’s participation in the Civil Reserve Air Fleet program during Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was one of the initial Managing Directors of AA/AE’s Customer Assistance Response Effort (“CARE”) which became one of the templates for other commercial airlines’ family assistance programs.

An Accomplished Aviation Law Attorney

During her tenure at American, Ms. Hinckley was the lead or co-lead attorney for the following aircraft and engine acquisitions:

• McDonnell Douglas MD-11s and MD-80s (GE and Pratt)
• Boeing 767s, 757s, and 777s (GE and Rolls Royce)
• Airbus A300s (GE)
• Fokker 100s (Rolls Royce)
• Jetstream 32s
• SAAB 340s

She was also involved in the following transactions:

• TWA acquisition and integration
• Executive Airlines acquisition
• Simmons Airlines acquisition
• Pan Am routes and assets acquisition
• Continental Tokyo route acquisition

She is frequently a keynote speaker at aviation conferences, and is active in several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Aviation Section of the State Bar of Texas, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the Aviation Insurance Association, the Wings Club and the International Aviation Women’s Association. She is a member of the NBAA’s Regulatory Issues Advisory Group and of the US Contact Group for the Aviation Working Group. Ms. Hinckley is also a pro bono attorney for the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, and a member of the New York Committee  supporting the Human Rights Watch. While at American Airlines, Ms. Hinckley was active in and held leadership positions with both the Air Transport Association (now A4A) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). She is licensed to practice law in Texas and Colorado.

Ms. Hinckley is a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio with a BA in Political Science, and an Order of St. Ives graduate of the University Of Denver College Of Law.

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