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Joanne Young

Joanne Young

Washington, District of Columbia
(202) 331-3348

Joanne Young has been engaged in commercial and regulatory law practice since 1975, with a focus on aviation and shipping. She represents airlines, shipping lines, airports, and transportation-related businesses before U.S. Government agencies, Congress and the courts. She has been actively involved in the full range of legal issues arising in the transportation industry, including the structuring of joint ventures and marketing alliances, bilateral negotiations, regulatory proceedings, general aviation issues and agreements including fractional ownership and time shares, antitrust, security, international privacy law, safety issues, environmental, commercial transactions and government contracts, international trade and project finance, U.S. import/export matters, legislative issues, arbitration and litigation.

Ms. Young has addressed numerous conferences on transportation and international trade in the United States, Europe and Asia, and has published extensively on a variety of issues, including commercial aviation developments, electronic commerce, U.S. international and competition policy, liberalization of European aviation, international trade and aircraft noise. She has published the Washington Aviation Summary since 1985, a monthly publication covering key events and legal developments in the industry. She has testified before U.S. Congressional Committees on subjects such as modernization of the commercial fleet, aircraft noise regulation, code sharing and the sale of operating slots at U.S. airports. Prior to moving into private practice, Ms. Young worked for the Civil Aeronautics Board.

Areas of Practice

  • Department of Transportation
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • General Business Aviation
  • Interpretation of International Treaties and Executive Agreements
  • Aviation/Shipping Commercial Agreements
  • Federal Legislative including Congressional Investigations
  • Antitrust Counseling/ Litigation
  • International Privacy Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Aviation Security

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1974
  • Wesleyan University
    • B.A. - 1971

Published Works

  • "Biometrics and Beyond-Creating a Secure and Efficient International Air Travel System", Asian Airlines & Aerospace, 2002
  • "Transatlantic Airline Mergers-Still Waiting in the Wings", The Aviation Quarterly, 2000
  • "Building a Competitive Airline Industry-Deregulation, Antitrust Protection, and the E-Commerce Opportunity", The Aviation Quarterly, 2000
  • "Simplified Passenger Travel: Moving From Vision to Reality", American Bar Association Air & Space Lawyer, 2000
  • "Simplified Passenger Travel: Moving From Vision to Reality", The Aviation Quarterly, 2000
  • "Simplified Passenger Travel: Moving From Vision to Reality", Asian Airlines & Aerospace, 2000
  • "Globalism v. Extraterritoriality-Consensus vs. Unilateralism: Is there a Common Ground? A U.S. Perspective", Air & Space Law, 1999
  • "Globalism v. Extraterritoriality-Consensus vs. Unilateralism: Is there a Common Ground? A U.S. Perspective", The Aviation Quarterly, 1999
  • "Globalism v. Extraterritoriality-Consensus vs. Unilateralism: Is there a Common Ground? A U.S. Perspective", Asian Airlines & Aerospace, 1999
  • "Airline Alliances-Is Competition at the Crossroads?", Air & Space Law, 1999
  • "Airline Alliances-Is Competition at the Crossroads?", IATA Legal Symposium and Airline Management Programs, 1998
  • "What Will be the Effects of EC Market Unification on Intercontinental Air Services after 1992?", ICAO Journal, 1990
  • "Aircraft Noise: Will it Muffle Airline and Airport Development?", Airport Forum, 1989
  • "Community-Oriented Essential Air Service: What's Best for Commuters?", Commuter Air, 1981
  • "The Aircraft Loan Guarantee Program: A Boon to Commuters and Crucial to the Success of Small Community Air Service", CAAA Times, 1979


  • Representing Foreign Airlines Before Federal Agencies, 18th Annual Aviation Law and Insurance Symposium, 2007
  • Working Toward a 'New Normal' for Air Passengers in the Post-9/11 Era, 2004 Airports' Consultants' Council Airport Planning Design & Construction Symposium, 2004
  • Working Toward a 'New Normal' for Air Passengers in the Post-9/11 Era, 2004 Professional Women in Construction Transportation Forum (New York City), 2004
  • Biometrics and Beyond - Creating A Secure And Efficient International Travel System, IATA, 2002
  • In-House and Outside Counsel, A Strategic Partnership, IATA, Legal Symposium, Dubai, UAE, 2001
  • Attracting International Air Service By Targeting Incentives To Meet Airline Objectives, Airports Council Int'l North America 12th Annual Int'l Air Service Seminar, 2000
  • Building a Competitive Airline Industry - Deregulation, Antitrust Protection, and the E-Commerce Opportunity, IATA Fuel Trade Meeting, 2000
  • Simplified Passenger Travel - Moving From Vision to Reality, IATA Legal Symposium, San Diego, 2000
  • An Overview of Current U.S. Aviation Initiatives And Issues Aviation Safety Council, Taiwan, 1999
  • Globalism Versus Extra-Territoriality Consensus Versus Unilateralism Is There A Common Ground: A U.S. Perspective, IATA Legal Symposium, Madrid, 1999
  • A Washington View of Airport Funding and Other Issues, 1998 FAA Airports Conference
  • The Promising Future of Aviation in the Asia/Pacific Region, International Aviation Womens Conference
  • Cutting Through Regulatory Constraints, Airports Council Int'l-North to Build Promote the America Air Freight Cargo Sector Association, American Association
  • Attracting New Cargo Service: How the Alaska Transfer Initiative will benefit airports throughout the Americas, Airports Council Int'l-North America Int'l Air Service Seminar, 1996
  • Current Trends in International Aviation: The U.S. Perspective, International Aviation Women's Association Seventh Annual Conference
  • The Impact of U.S. Government Policy and Bilateral Trends on the Emerging Industry Structure: Choices for the Future, AVMARK Int'l, Ltd. Annual Conference on European Aviation
  • How Foreign Carriers Can Have an Impact on U.S. Government Decisions Affecting Their Interests, Transatlantic Briefing (Bangor Airport), 1992
  • Toward the End of Bilateralism and a New World Aviation Order: Post 1992 U.S.-EC Aviation Relations, AVMARK International, Ltd. Annual Conference on Europeans Aviation
  • International Aviation Trends and Their Impact on the Pacific Market, AVMARK Asia Ltd. Annual Asian Aviation Financing Conference
  • Hearing on Federal Aviation, Aviation Subcommittee on Public Works and Transportation U.S. House of Representatives
  • The Future of Stage 2 Aircraft: The Legal and Regulatory Perspective, AVMARK Inc. Third Annual Aging Aircraft and Noise Conference, 1990
  • How International Aviation Trends Will Affect the Demand for Aircraft in the Pacific Market, AVMARK Asia Ltd. Annual Asian Aviation Finance Conference
  • Coalition for a Rational Aircraft Modernization Program
  • Confronting Aircraft Noise Regulation: The Practical, Legal and Legislative Options, AVMARK Aircraft Noise Conference
  • Aircraft Noise: Will It Muffle Airline and Airport Development?, Airport Operators Council International Legal Committee Meeting Fortieth Anniversary Conference
  • Aircraft Noise: Will It Muffle Airline and Airport Development?, Airport Operators Council Int'l
  • The Changing Face of U.S. International Aviation Policy, Second Annual Conference on European Aviation
  • Government Policies on Aircraft Noise, Aviation Subcommittee of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation U.S. House of Representatives Hearing
  • Lowering the Boom to Stage 3: Lessons from the Stage 1 Experience, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Federal and Local Aircraft Noise Rules: Lowering the Boom, AVMARK Fourth Annual Used Aircraft Marketing Symposium
  • The Search for Relief from the FAA Aircraft Noise Regulations: The Case of Miami International Airport, AVMARK Third Annual Used Aircraft Symposium
  • Countertrade Arrangements and Export Antitrust Certificates of Review: A Practical Approach, FAA/Industry Briefing on the Caribbean, Central and South America
  • U.S. Export Trading Company Legislation: A Vehicle for Export Expansion, FAA on Conference Commercial Opportunities, South/Central America Atlanta, Georgia
  • Essential Air Service -- A Communications Network, Ninth Annual Virginia Aviation Conference
  • Developing a Commuter Airline System for the State of Wyoming, Wyoming Airport Operators Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Aviation Women's Association, Past President
  • International Aviation Women's Association, Board Member
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Past President
  • Women's Bar Association Foundation, Board Member
  • Washington Foreign Law Society, Past President
  • Board of the Icelandic-American Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Board of the City Club of Washington, Member
  • Regional Airline Association, Past Chair, Associate Member Group
  • Wesleyan University, Past Member, Board of Trustees
  • Executive Women in Aviation, Founder, Professional Group
  • New York State Bar, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • President, International Aviation Club

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Telephone: 202-331-3348
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