Attorneys

Attorneys

David D. Warner

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7083 | warnerd@lanepowell.com

Areas of Practice

David Warner is Chair of the Aviation Practice Group. He focuses his practice on aviation law and advises clients on aircraft acquisition, disposition, operation, leasing and financing. An experienced business attorney, over the past 35 years he has represented clients ranging from start-ups to large public companies and has considerable experience advising the Board of Directors. He is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.

David served for many years on the Board of Directors and currently is General Counsel to the National Aircraft Finance Association. He serves on the Board of Directors and is General Counsel to the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association. He has served on several business-related committees of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan. He has written several published works on topics including Michigan Corporate Practice and Forms, Business Associations and UCC Article 9. He is a frequent speaker at seminars relating to aviation, finance, and corporate law.

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • Michigan (inactive)

Academics

  • The University of Michigan Law School (J.D., with honors, 1980)
  • The University of Michigan (B.B.A., cum laude, 1977)
    • Beta Alpha Psi
    • Phi Eta Sigma

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Chair, Aviation Law Practice Group
  • Business
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Transportation Client Team

TV/Radio Interviews

  • “FAA Canceling All Registration Certificates Over Next Three Years,” Interviewed by American Public Media’s Marketplace (December 10, 2010)
  • “FAA Loses Track of 119,000 Planes,” Interviewed by Associated Press (December 10, 2010)

Publications

  • “FAA Loses Track of 119,000 Aircraft,” Associated Press, Quoted (December 10, 2010)
  • “FAA: Key Data Missing on 119,000 Aircraft in the U.S.” NPR News, Quoted (December 10, 2010)
  • “FAA Loses Track of Thousands of Planes,” ABC News, Quoted (December 10, 2010)
  • “Today’s Fake Terror Threat: ‘FAA Loses Track of 119,000 Aircraft,’” Huffington Post, Quoted (December 10, 2010)
  • “FAA to Require Re-registration of All Aircraft Nationwide,” The Journal Star, Quoted (December 10, 2010)
  • “FAA Loses Track of 119,000 Aircraft,” World magazine, Quoted (December 10, 2010)
  • “Michigan Corporate Practice and Forms: The Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss Practice Manual,” Data Trace Publishing Company (2000)
  • “Business Associations (1990 Annual Survey of Michigan Law),” 37 Wayne L. Rev. 363 (1991)
  • “Business Associations (1989 Annual Survey of Michigan Law),” 36 Wayne L. Rev. 265 (1990)
  • “Business Associations (1984 Annual Survey of Michigan Law),” 31 Wayne L. Rev. 293, Co-author (1985)
  • “UCC Article 9: New and Improved,” National Aircraft Finance Association News (May 1999)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Regulatory Change Presents Lending Opportunities,” Lane Powell’s Commercial Law Developments Seminar (December 17, 2015)
  • “Aircraft Transactions and Dismantling,” Aircraft Suppliers Association and Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association’s Joint Annual Meeting (July 10, 2013)
  • “Buying and Selling: Aircraft Letters of Intent and Purchase Agreements,” National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aircraft Finance, Registration and Legal Conference (February 7, 2013)
  • “International Transactions in Transition — Focus on Exporting and Importing an Aircraft,” National Business Aviation Association’s 2011 Aircraft Registration Conference (February 3-4, 2011)
  • “Defaults and Repossessions,” 17th Annual Aircraft Registry Forum (February 22, 2010)
  • “Negotiating the Letter of Intent and Purchase Agreement,” 16th Annual FAA Aircraft Registry Forum (2009)
  • “Insurance, Ethics and Conflicts of Interest,” 35th Annual Pacific Northwest Aviation Law & Insurance Seminar, King County Bar Association and Oregon Bar Association, Aviation Section (2008)
  • “Aircraft Ownership Structure Alert,” National Aircraft Finance Association (2008)
  • “Compliance/Legal Issues on Sales of Securities Products,” Michigan Association of Community Bankers (2007)
  • “What Happens When Things Go Wrong,” 10th Annual Corporate Aircraft Transactions Seminar, Strategic Research Institute (2005)
  • “Capetown Convention: What it Means to You and Now!,” National Aircraft Finance Association (2005)
  • “PATRIOT Act and Capetown,” National Aircraft Finance Association (2003)
  • “Foreclosures and Repossession of Aircraft,” National Aircraft Finance Association (2002)
  • “UCC Article 9: New and Improved,” National Aircraft Finance Association (1999)
  • “Business Aviation Legal Update,” National Aircraft Finance Association (1998)
  • “Current Topics in Aviation Law,” National Aircraft Finance Association (1997)
  • “How to Create and Advise Small Businesses: Drafting Buy-Sell Agreements,” Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education (1996)
  • “Dealing with Analysts and the Media,” National Investor Relations Institute (1991)
  • “Corporate Restructurings and Recapitalizations,” Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education (1991)
  • “Drafting Buy-Sell Agreements,” State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section (1991)
  • “Conflicts of Interest in Representing Corporate Clients,” State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section (1991)
  • “Advising Michigan Corporations: Drafting Buy-Sell Agreements,” Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education (1990)
  • “Current Topics in Business Law,” State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section Annual Meeting (1990)
  • “Representing the Family and Closely Held Business,” State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section Annual Meeting (1990)
  • “How to Create and Advise a Small Corporation,” Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education (1989)
  • “Mergers and Acquisitions Update,” State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section (1989)

Awards and Honors

  • AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, National Aircraft Finance Association (1990-Present)
    • General Counsel (1997-Present)
    • Member, Board of Directors (1998-2010)
  • Member, Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (2008-Present)
    • General Counsel (2008-Present)
    • Member, Board of Directors (2008-Present)
  • Member, State Bar of Washington (2008-Present)
  • Member Emeritus, State Bar of Michigan (1980-2014)
    • Chairman, Program Committee (1988-1994)
    • Member, Governing Council, Business Law Section (1985-1995)
    • Member, Committee on State Regulation of Securities (1990-2008)
    • Member, Ad Hoc Committee Standardization of Legal Opinions in Business Transactions
      (1990-1994)