Aviation Law in New Mexico

Day Hochman-Vigil is the only attorney in New Mexico that holds a Master In Laws (LL.M) degree in Aviation and Space law, which she earned from McGill University in Montreal, Canada – the top ranked aviation and space law program in the world.

The aviation industry presents unique and complex legal challenges requiring representation by attorneys with unique and specific training.  Ms. Hochman-Vigil’s practice is focused on serving the aviation industry, commercial airlines, pilots, aviation product manufacturers, general and commercial aviation service providers, airport developers, owners and operators of private aircraft entities, lessors, financiers, insurers and regulatory bodies.

Hot Air Ballooning Attorney

New Mexico is unique with its international ballooning community and availability of local balloon manufacturers and aircraft repair facilities.  At any time of the year, you will find in the New Mexico skies a myriad of balloons.  Our team’s experience in representing the balloon community solves issues ranging from personal liability and commercial flight liability to federal and state regulatory compliance.

Our Approach is Different 

Aviation clients face more than just regulatory challenges.  They face the same issues that any of our business clients encounter. Our team is focused on your outcome.  We can advise clients in potential liability and offer solutions that are best for both you and your business. 

Our multi-disciplinary team understands that to best serve a client, we need to look out for your business, not just the legal challenges facing the business.  We can handle any aviation issue ranging from  FAA regulatory compliance to employee staffing. 

Our Services to Aviation Clients 

  • Manufacturing, selling, purchasing and leasing aircraft and equipment 
  • Local, national and international regulatory regimes and treaties 
  • Navigation issues 
  • Insurance and risk management 
  • Litigation and dispute resolution 
  • Commercial and government contracts 
  • Aviation claims 
  • Disaster preparation and crisis management 

  • Regulatory Compliance

    We provide counsel to aviation clients on regulatory issues involving aircraft inspections and maintenance, voluntary disclosure reporting programs, pilot training, duty time limitations, airline mergers, and compliance with the Air Carrier Access Act and the Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act. 

    We also provide counsel on compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations and advice on conducting internal investigations. 

  • Litigation

    The aviation litigation team posses a depth of experience in civil litigation.  A lawsuit is any business’ worst outcome to a crisis.  Our approach is different.  With experience in all New Mexico District Courts, we have a unique understanding of the dynamics faced in the local courtrooms.

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