Marissa Lefland has significant experience litigating in both federal and state court, where she has conducted trials, arbitrations, and mediations. Marissa has represented foreign and domestic air carriers, terminal operators, manufacturers, charter brokers, and other entities in complex litigation involving mass air disasters, wrongful death and personal injury, product liability, contractual disputes, and cargo damage and loss. On behalf of the firm’s clients in the aviation industry, Marissa’s experience includes litigating claims governed by the Montreal Convention, Warsaw Convention, and federal aviation statutes and regulations. Marissa counsels clients on compliance with federal regulations, responding to administrative proceedings and enforcement actions, negotiating and evaluating commercial transactions, and addressing employment and labor matters.
Marissa also has appellate experience, having been the author of appellate briefs and delivering oral argument in the United States Courts of Appeals and the New York Appellate Division.
Marissa presents seminars and writes articles on an array of legal issues affecting aviation-related entities, including preemption under the Federal Aviation Act and Airline Deregulation Act; the Montreal Convention, EU 261, and other international laws; regulations promulgated by the U.S. DOT and FAA; and the Air Carrier Access Act and its implementing regulations.