About Timothy J. Lynes

Leading the firm's Aviation practice, Timothy Lynes, managing partner of Katten's Washington, DC office, has spent over 30 years representing manufacturers, airlines, lessors, financial institutions, equity investors and insurers in aircraft sales, leasing and financing. Clients rely on Tim's deep industry knowledge and proven leadership in the field.

Creative problem-solver who builds consensus

Having spent so many years serving aviation clients, Tim has developed his own best practices that lead the rest of the sector. For example, he created and implemented novel private aviation cost-sharing structures involving non-exclusive leases and management agreements that now are used industrywide. This forward-looking, innovative approach is why clients turn to Tim again and again.

Tim handles all types of aviation transactions with a singular focus on finding creative solutions to a client's most challenging problems. In every deal, he works to build consensus among all parties, paying particular attention to their unique needs. Tim never assumes he automatically knows what success looks like for a client – he listens and then develops a strategy that will accomplish their specific objectives.

He has made numerous appearances on CNN and other outlets to discuss aviation issues from the perspective of manufacturers and airlines and routinely writes on the aviation issues of the day.

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"Tim offers invaluable experience and advice." "Tim is a phenomenal lawyer with the experience and sophistication to handle the highest levels of complexity."

Chambers USA 2022
(USA Nationwide, Transportation: Aviation: Finance) survey response

Practice Focus

  • Sales agreements, leases, loans and chattel mortgages
  • Intercreditor agreements
  • Residual value and credit support agreements
  • Representation of creditors in insolvencies and restructurings
  • Aviation insurance policies
  • Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration compliance
  • Aviation commercial disputes

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