Washington Report: New Legal Eagle Lands at FAA

 - March 26, 2007, 6:53 AM

President Bush has named Kerry Long, a self-described “aviation enthusiast” with nearly three decades of experience in aviation law, to serve as chief counsel for the FAA.

In that post, Long will serve as top legal advisor to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, overseeing a staff of 258 employees located in Washington and 11 field offices. He will be responsible for all aspects of the FAA’s legal work, including the agency’s regulatory program; administrative and judicial litigation; nationwide enforcement activities; legislation; and legal relations with foreign civil aviation authorities. He will also provide extensive legal support for the FAA’s procurement, airports and ethics compliance programs.

Long has served as partner for some of the nation’s top aviation law firms. Before this appointment, he was a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski in Washington. There he represented airlines, aircraft and engine manufacturers, focusing on aircraft finance. He began his legal career as an associate at White & Case in New York from 1980 to 1985 and a partner at Perkins Coie in Washington from 1989 to 2000.

Before embarking on his legal career, he rose to the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving from September 1972 to August 1977.