New DoT General Counsel has important Aviation Legal Background

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PRESS RELEASE: A4A Commends the Senate’s Unanimous Confirmation of Kathryn Thomson


A4A properly issued a press release expressing its “applause” for the Senate’s confirmation of Ms. Thompson as the US Department of Transportation’s General Counsel.

As the chief legal officer of this executive organization, she directly supervises both her large staff of lawyers as well as the Chief Counsels of each of the 12 modal administrations which are part of DoT. Prior to moving to the C-1 position on an acting basis a year ago, Ms. Thomson was the FAA Chief Counsel where she dealt with that administration’s legal challenges. Her private sector area of concentration was environmental law.

Congratulations, Ms. Thomson. It’s good to have someone familiar with the unusual vicissitudes of aviation law over at the Secretary’s office.

Interestingly enough, during her FAA tenure, she probably became acquainted with Teri Bristol, the new Chief Operating Officer of the ATO, whose appointment was announced by the FAA Administrator by an agency email. Both are significant executive actions; Mr. Administrator, why no press releases about these two very able women?

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