J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1988
B.A., with honors, Wesleyan University, 1983
District of Columbia
Commonwealth of Virginia
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and numerous other United States Courts of Appeals and District Courts
For more than 20 years, Eric Pilsk has represented clients in disputes involving public entities, with a particular emphasis on litigating airport, transit, and land use issues. Eric handles cases involving federal aviation laws and regulations, federal preemption, the ICC Termination Act, the National Trails System Act, NEPA, the APA, Native American trust claims, and a wide range of issues regarding land use and constitutional law at the state and federal levels. He has acted as lead trial counsel in trials in state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including contested evidentiary hearings before the FAA in FAR Part 16 proceedings.
Eric’s appellate experience includes drafting numerous briefs to state and federal Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as arguing cases in federal Courts of Appeals. In addition to litigation, Eric counsels clients on a range of regulatory and pre-litigation issues, including FAA AIP grant compliance matters, airport expansion projects, and rail corridor access issues.
Philadelphia International Airport Capacity Enhancement Program, Pennsylvania
Representing the City of Philadelphia in litigation and FAA regulatory matters related to the implementation of the Capacity Enhancement Program at Philadelphia International Airport, which will increase capacity at PHL by constructing new and extended runways, remodeling terminals, and other improvements
Metrolink Inward Facing Cameras, California
Represented the Southern California Regional Railroad Authority (Metrolink) in federal and state court litigation challenging Metrolink’s installation of inward facing cameras in the cabs of its locomotives
Friedman Memorial Airport Runway Weight Restrictions, Hailey, Idaho
Represented the City of Hailey, Idaho, in a case brought by an individual aircraft owner challenging the City’s runway weight restriction at Friedman Memorial Airport near Sun Valley, and the City’s decision to prohibit the plaintiff from operating his Boeing Business Jet at the Airport. The case was dismissed on summary judgment with an award of attorney’s fees to the City.