People

Steven L. Osit

Associate

Washington, DC Office
202.955.5600

Education and Clerkships

M.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2016
J.D., cum laude, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2012
B.A., magna cum laude, Hunter College, 2009

Bar Admissions

New York
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
United States Supreme Court

Steven L. Osit

Steven Osit primarily represents public entities with respect to the development and operation of airports and rail transit systems.  He has served multiple posts within the U.S. Department of Transportation, including the representation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in investigations before the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and in litigation, and advising the Office of the Secretary on legal matters pertaining to the economic regulation of airports and air carriers.  As a former Honors Attorney with the Department, Steven also gained experience with the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

During law school, Steven worked as a law clerk in the Office of Aviation and Admiralty Litigation in the U.S. Department of Justice.  Prior to law school, he was the Director of Information Technology at a prominent college in New York City.  Steven is a certificated private pilot.

Representative Experience

Airport Projects

  • Outside Counsel to Airport Sponsors, Various
    Represented various airport sponsors in proceedings under Part 13 and Part 16 of the Federal Aviation Regulations as well as informal challenges regarding rates and charges imposed by ordinance, revenue diversion, access restrictions, and unjust discrimination among aeronautical users; advised various airport sponsors on opposing development projects in nearby jurisdictions or at neighboring airports deemed detrimental to the sponsors’ and airport users’ interests
  • Airways International, Ltd.
    Represented foreign air navigation services provider in negotiating its license of proprietary software to the FAA to aid in the FAA’s selection of air traffic controller candidates
  • Clark County, Nevada
    Advised the sponsor of the McCarran International Airport and the Henderson Executive Airport regarding the accommodation of alternative air carrier business models and irregular services
  • Delaware River and Bay Authority, Delaware
    Represented the sponsor of the Cape May Airport in connection with a land use compliance inspection conducted by the FAA and associated follow-up as well as matters pertaining to the use of unmanned aerial systems in the vicinity of the Airport
  • Heber City, Utah
    Represent the sponsor of the Heber City Municipal Airport regarding various disputes with its dominant fixed-based operator and other airport tenants, and in revising the Airport’s governing documents to comport with best practices
  • Muslim Advocates
    Provided pro bono assistance to Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy and educational organization, in connection with various airlines who were denied boarding to lawful permanent residents and visa holders traveling to the United States in response to Executive Orders issued by President Trump

Transit and Highway Projects

  • Commuter Rail Authorities, Various
    Represent various public commuter rail authorities regarding their statutory and/or contractual rights to operate over Amtrak territory, various negotiations with Amtrak and other host railroads, and the regulatory status and classification of operating entities and railroad lines
  • Atlanta Development Authority, Atlanta, Georgia
    Represented Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) and Atlanta Development Authority (ADA) in proceedings at the Surface Transportation Board addressing—and ultimately confirming—the process by which ABI and ADA acquired a railroad line for use in developing ABI’s “emerald necklace” around the City
  • Abertis Infraestructuras S.A.
    Advised foreign investor in connection with its due diligence concerning the toll-setting methodology on a private toll-road concession in connection with its indicative bid
  • Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, California
    Represent the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority in proceedings at the FRA, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in connection with the FRA’s System Safety Plan rulemaking, and in various proceedings before the Surface Transportation Board in connection related to the cost sharing methodology mandated by Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement (PRIIA) for state-supported intercity passenger routes
  • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, California
    Represent the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in establishing a pilot program under the FRA’s Hours of Service Laws
  • State of Delaware
    Represent the State of Delaware in a challenge to an order of the Surface Transportation Board that found Delaware’s law limiting unnecessary locomotive idling preempted under the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act
  • South Florida Regional Transportation Authority
    Represented the Transportation Authority with respect to an investigation by the NTSB regarding a grade-crossing accident involving an Amtrak train operating on the rail corridor managed by the Authority

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Editor, TransLaw, and Board Member, Federal Bar Association, Transportation and Transportation Security Law Section (2015–Present)
  • Technology Chair, American Bar Association, Forum on Air & Space Law (2015–Present)
  • Law Student Liaison, American Bar Association, Forum on Air & Space Law (2010–2012)
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

News & Publications

Presentations

33rd Annual AAAE Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2017 Legal Update
10.17.17
32nd Annual AAAE Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2016 Legal Update
11.15.16
32nd Annual AAAE Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2016 Legal Update
11.15.16
55th Annual TRB Workshop on Transportation Law
07.19.16
Annual Association of Transportation Law Professionals Meeting
06.19.16
Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. Conference
04.19.16
Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. Conference
04.18.16
Recent Developments in Aviation and Space Law
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Fall Meeting
American Bar Association
10.23.15

Publications

Education and Clerkships

M.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2016
J.D., cum laude, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2012
B.A., magna cum laude, Hunter College, 2009

Bar Admissions

New York
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
United States Supreme Court