With nearly 30 years of experience representing airports, I understand the business as well as the law of airports. As primarily a transactional lawyer, I bring that experience to the negotiation of agreements between airports and airlines, concessionaires and other parties to develop provisions that work in the real world and that represent the understanding of all of the parties. Listening is critical to the way I work – every airport has unique goals and I work closely with my clients to identify and achieve them. I prefer a more collegial style of negotiation that enables my airport clients to establish a strong working relationship with their counterparties, but I will not hesitate to call out improper or unreasonable demands by the other side.
Dave Bannard is a transactional lawyer that brings financial acumen to his work in both airport finance and airport-airline negotiations. Dave’s understanding of the financial underpinnings of his airport clients is the foundation of his work and leads to effective, flexible and responsive legal work that serves his airport clients’ best interests. He serves as bond and disclosure counsel for airport financings and has participated in negotiating nearly a dozen airport-airline agreements and rate ordinances in the last four years. An experienced transactional lawyer, he also regularly works with airports in the procurement and negotiation of agreements with concessionaires, including both in-terminal providers and rental car companies and other specialized concessionaires.
Dave’s bankruptcy experience has a transactional focus and has resulted in the restructuring of crucial airport agreements and continuity of operations during bankruptcies of airlines and rental car companies. His bankruptcy experience informs his drafting of agreements to aid airports in ensuring that they retain and recovery the revenues to which they are entitled. He has participated in several novel public-private partnerships, including the negotiation of the full range of agreements supporting a privately developed passenger terminal, the transfer of several small airports to private operation and the development of another privately operated air carrier terminal. Dave has also successfully defended numerous Part 16 administrative actions brought before the Federal Aviation Administration against his airport clients. Having served in-house overseeing all transactional matters for a dozen years at a major U.S. airport, Dave is familiar with the day-to-day operational issues that confront his airport clients and he brings that experience to the table when working with the airport’s tenants and other service providers to achieve mutually beneficial solutions to operational as well as legal issues.