Richard L. Richards

Aviation Attorney



About

Richard L. Richards, P.A.
Florida Bar Board Certified in Aviation Law

Miami aviation law attorneys at Richards Legal Group know aviation and airport law.

Core Values, Modern Technology

We are a multi-faceted law firm that emphasizes a team approach in everything we do. Our team of attorneys and staff practices with the highest caliber of integrity and professionalism. To foster and grow client relationships, we develop specific strategies that not only resolve the issue, but benefit the client in the future. The Firm's overarching goal is to provide cost effective, timely and successful representation and counseling in legal issues affecting their business.

The attorneys at Richards Law Group practice with integrity, professionalism and dedication. This practice began in aviation and thereafter expanded our services to serve our clients and their business and personal needs.

Although we utilize sophisticated technology, the Firm continues to base its practice on our core values. We deliver to every client a timely, realistic, and effective approach to their legal issues and always adhere to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. Our lawyers have a reputation for developing creative approaches to client problems.

Practice Areas

Aviation Law

We are experts in every facet of Aviation Law including litigation, transactions, trustee services for foreign ownership of U.S. registered aircraft, representation of fixed base operators and other airport tenants/developers in leases and land use/development on or near an airport, corporate restructuring and bankruptcy, airport counsel, airline general counsel, aircraft sales and leasing, transactions with aircraft manufacturers, aviation fuel issues, aviation finance, repossessions and seizures, FAA and DOT regulatory compliance, aviation insurance and claims, air carrier certification and aviation labor & employment issues including defense of FLSA claims and EEOC charges.

Complex Litigation

The Firm has significant experience and a record of success in resolving a broad variety of business and commercial disputes. We practice in federal and state trial and appellate courts as well as in the full range of alternative dispute resolution forums including mediation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings. On behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, our lawyers have litigated cases involving aviation, commercial law, contracts, construction law, joint ventures, unfair trade practice and other issues. The representation includes trial courts, appellate courts, and the Supreme Court of Florida and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Construction Litigation

Our lawyers understand litigating construction disputes. Our firm represents developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and residential and commercial property owners in litigation. We conduct contract reviews, address licensing matters, advise on risk management and litigate breach of contract and construction defect disputes, among other building-related matters.

Factoring

Factoring Companies provide valuable financial services to businesses. Our firm understands the factoring industry and we serve many clients who factor invoices for customers. Our firm serves as counsel to several Factor Companies in transactions and litigation.

Employment & Labor Law

Our firm has extensive experience in representing businesses in employment issues including agreements, independent contractor determination, and with Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigations and litigation.

Probate

Our firm understands and has experience with Probate litigation and probating estates. We have represented clients including beneficiaries and creditors to enforce rights in probate court.

Commercial Real Estate Litigation

The Firm has extensive experience representing landlord and tenants in commercial real estate disputes in court including lease disputes, commercial foreclosures, and evictions.

Bankruptcy

The Firm has experience is representing creditors in commercial bankruptcy proceedings. We have also served as special litigation and special aviation counsel to debtors.

Richard L. Richards, P.A.

Richard L. Richards is a Florida aviation attorney with over twenty-two years of experience in the practice of law, and whose practice focuses on aviation and airport legal issues. Mr. Richards is Florida Bar Board Certified in Aviation Law. Mr. Richards' extensive experience includes litigation, transactions, trustee services for foreign ownership of U.S. registered aircraft, representation of fixed base operators and other airport tenants/developers in leases and land use/development on or near an airport, corporate restructuring and bankruptcy, airport counsel, airline general counsel, aircraft sales and leasing, transactions with aircraft manufacturers, aviation fuel issues, aviation finance, repossessions and seizures, FAA and DOT regulatory compliance, aviation insurance and claims, air carrier certification and aviation labor & employment issues including defense of FLSA claims and EEOC charges.

Mr. Richards chaired the Aviation Department at the law firm of Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhade & Sitterson, P.A. in Miami, Florida. Mr. Richards has also served as airport counsel to the Boca Roton Airport Authority and vice president/general


Representative Experience

  • General representation of clients in aviation and airport related litigation in State, Federal, Bankruptcy, FAA, DOT, OFAC, and EEOC proceedings.
  • Extensive experience in the areas of aircraft transactions (purchase, sale and leasing) including trustee services in title and voting trusts for foreign ownership of U.S. registered aircraft, restructuring, bankruptcy, repossessions, insurance, air cargo claims, and general representation involving airlines, aircraft leasing companies, negotiations and dealings with aircraft manufacturers, governments and entrepreneurs in complex aviation transactions as well as all aspects of commercial litigation.
  • General representation of Fixed Base Operators and other airport tenants including negotiations and presentationswith airport sponsors, aviation departments, and County commissions regarding leases, development, fueling/vendor contracts, and litigation.
  • General representation of developers in land use and approvals for construction on or near an airport.
  • General representation of municipalities related to airport noise issues.
  • General representation of banks and lenders in aircraft transactions, financing, and repossessions.
  • General representation in insurance appointed defense including wrongful death claims.
  • Airport counsel to an airport authority, including representation at monthly televised public board meetings, legal advice to Airport Manager and staff, representation of the authority in all legal facets of airport operations including contracts/leases, land use, government grants, tenant issues, aircraft noise abatement programs, and representation of the authority before the FAA including the Airports Division in Washington D.C. and the FAA Airports District Office in Orlando, Florida.
  • General Counsel to two international airlines with 500+ employees and annual revenues of over $150 million, including oversight of two successful bankruptcy Chapter 11 reorganizations.
  • Negotiations of various commercial loan and finance agreements including, extensive aircraft and engine lease agreements, credit agreements, restructuring agreements with bondholders, and general financing agreements with trade creditors.
  • Effectuate corporate mergers and acquisitions, advice of proper corporate structure, advice to human resources departments, investigate violations of company policy with respect to sexual harassment, review and revise drug and alcohol policies, employee handbooks and affirmative action policies, defend against OSHA claims, whistleblower claims, EEOC charges, and process DOL affirmative action audits.
  • Representation of factor companies and other non-traditional lenders in aviation and non-aviation transactions/litigation.
  • Insurer appointed defense counsel of insured in including directors & officers defense and other covered aviation insurance claims.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Aviation Law
  • Florida Aviation Business Association, 2008-Present (2017-Present, President; Vice President 2015-2017; Board of Directors 2017 to Present)
  • Florida Bar Association, 1994-Present, United States Courts (Southern District of Florida, 1994-Present; Middle District of Florida, 1995-Present; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2005-Present)
  • National Business Aviation Association (2008-Present)
  • Plymouth Congregational Church, Coconut Grove, Florida (Trustee, 2014-2017; Chair, 2015-2016; Christian Commitment Campaign 2018-2019)
  • Kiwanis Club of Coral Gables, Coral Gables, Florida (Board of Directors, 2014-Present)(Chartered Organization for Troop 7 and Pack 7 of Coral Gables – Mr. Richards is an Eagle Scout and currently serves as Troop Scoutmaster)

 


 

Serving Florida Regional Airports

  • Boca Raton Airport BCT
  • Daytona Beach International Airport DAB
  • Fort Lauderdale International Airport FLL
  • Fort Myers - SW Florida Interational Airport RSW
  • Gainesville Regional Airport GNV
  • Jacksonville International Airport JAX
  • Lakeland Linder Regional Airport KLAL
  • Melbourne International Airport MLB
  • Miami International Airport MIA
  • Naples Municipal Airport APF
  • Orlando International Airport MCO
  • Orlando Sanford Airport SFB
  • Palm Beach International Airport PBI
  • Panama City - Bay County International Airport PFN
  • Sebring Regional Airport SEF

Serving Florida International Airports

  • Tyndall AFB - Panama City Airport PAM
  • Pensacola Regional Airport PNS
  • Sarasota Bradenton Intl. Airport SRQ
  • St. Petersburg-Clearwater International PIE
  • Tallahassee Regional Airport TLH
  • Tampa international Airport TPA
  • Titusville - Cocoa Airport Authority TIX
  • Central Florida Regional Airport SFB
  • Fort Pierce Airport FPR
  • Gainesville Regional Airport GNV
  • Marathon Airport MTH
  • Naples Airport APF
  • Okaloosa County Regional Airport VPS
  • Pensacola Regional Airport PNS
  • St Petersburg Clearwater Airport PIE
  • Tallahassee Regional Airport TLH