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David Kirstein

David Kirstein

Washington, District of Columbia
(202) 331-3348

David M. Kirstein has been actively engaged in aviation legal and policy matters since 1976 when he joined the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). Mr. Kirstein served in a variety of positions at the CAB, including Executive Assistant to the Chairman and General Counsel under Chairman Cohen and McKinnon and was actively involved in the CAB's implementation of the Airline Deregulation Act.  In 1982, Mr. Kirstein, at the request of Senator Kassebaum, became Majority Counsel to the Aviation Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce and was instrumental in the passage of the Airport and Airways Improvement Act of 1982.

Mr. Kirstein has represented domestic and foreign air carriers, airports and aviation suppliers in a broad spectrum of commercial transactions such as negotiations and documentation of aircraft leases, purchases, charters, Aircraft Crew Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) and joint service arrangements, ground handling and maintenance agreements.

Mr. Kirstein represented aviation clients in a wide range of issues before the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration including the start-up of new airlines, competition issues and enforcement and hazardous materials issues. In addition, he has represented and advised aviation and other clients on administrative law, antitrust, international data privacy, congressional and criminal investigations, and legislative matters. He has conducted commercial litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Mr. Kirstein has received the AV Peer Review Rating* and is on the adjunct faculty of the University of Virginia Law School.

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Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law - Federal Administrative Procedure Act
  • Department of Transportation Aviation Regulation
  • Federal Aviation Administration Regulation
  • Hazardous Materials Regulation and General Aviation Issues
  • Aircraft Lease, Charter and Maintenance Agreements, Airline Alliance Agreements
  • Commercial Agreements
  • Federal Legislative including Congressional Investigations
  • Antitrust Litigation
  • Libel/Defamation Counseling/Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1971
  • University of Connecticut
    • B.A. - 1968

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Office Location

Experienced Washington DC Aviation Law Firm Kirstein & Young

1750 K Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: 202-331-3348
Fax: 202-331-3933
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Martindale Hubbell | AV | Preeminent | Peer Rated For Highest Level Of professional Excellence | David M. Kirstein | 2016