People

W. Eric Pilsk

Partner

Washington, DC Office
202.955.5600

Education

J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1988
B.A., with honors, Wesleyan University, 1983

Bar Admissions

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 

W. Eric Pilsk

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.

Representative Experience

Philadelphia International Airport Capacity Enhancement Program, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Represent 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
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.

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Two-time board member, Potomac Pedalers Touring Club

Recent and Reported Decisions

News & Publications

Presentations

33rd Annual AAAE Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2017 Legal Update
10.17.17
33rd Annual AAAE Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2017 Legal Update
10.16.17
33rd Annual AAAE Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2017 Legal Update
10.16.17
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
32nd Annual AAAE Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2016 Legal Update
11.14.16
Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell CLE Seminar
02.19.16
31st Annual AAAE Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2015 Legal Update
11.02.15
54th Annual TRB Workshop on Transportation Law
07.20.15
American Public Transportation Association Legal Affairs Seminar
02.23.15
30th Annual AAAE Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2014 Legal Update
10.21.14
30th Annual AAAE Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2014 Legal Update
10.20.14
Airport Law Litigation Update
ABA Forum on Air & Space Law Update Conference
2012
26th Annual AAAE Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2010 Legal Update
09.14.10
Virginia Local Government Attorneys Association Spring Conference
04.29.10
25th Annual AAAE Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2009 Legal Update
09.15.09
Litigation Update Presentations
ACI-NA Legal Affairs Conferences
Litigation and FAA Part 16 Update Presentations
Annual AAAE Basics of Airport Law Workshops and Legal Updates

Publications

Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell
2005–Present
Transportation Research Board's Airport Cooperative Research Program
June 2016
11 Issues Aviation Law and Policy 316, 371
Spring 2012

News

Education

J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1988
B.A., with honors, Wesleyan University, 1983

Bar Admissions

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