Becky Mares is an experienced aviation attorney who advises clients on the acquisition, disposition, operation, leasing and financing of business and commercial aircraft, domestically and abroad. Additionally, she helps clients with hangar procurement, lease and build negotiations and airport matters, including all facets of FAA, and local & state governmental regulation compliance. READ MORE
She is well versed in commercial contract agreements, and helps clients manage risk and liability, including international negotiations. Becky is also a certified mediator, having completed advanced coursework through the Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution. She is also interested in the Native American Peacemaking process, has spent time with the Colville Confederated Tribes, participated with the elders in Peacemaking sessions, and she has written a study of this experience.
Becky is knowledgeable about all things aviation, from manufacturing and design to maintenance, procurement, and regulatory compliance. Prior to law school, Becky worked at Quest Aircraft Company alongside designers and builders of the KODIAK. She started as an Assistant to the Director of Engineering and later worked as the Assistant to the Director of Customer Service & Chief Pilot, in which she was a key asset in transforming the aircraft design company into a fully operational aircraft production facility. During her time there, Becky took the initiative to enroll in the company’s aircraft building program, where she learned the aircraft design process, including riveting & cutting sheet metal, to better understand every component of production, materials, and the root causes of bottlenecks. As a result, Becky coupled the training with her intense creativity to help develop unique problem solving and process improvement strategies to advance company practices, such as successfully reducing the standard aircraft build time from a 40-day working build cycle to a 21-day build cycle. Becky also streamlined the NMR process, documented control processes, and ensured compliance with FAA regulations. Her role included managing risk, liability, and domestic & international contracts. Becky’s passion for the aviation industry ultimately led her on the journey to attend law school and become an aviation attorney.
Becky joined Quest Aircraft because she believed in the mission to build nine planes and give every 10th plane to a humanitarian mission aviation organization. She continues the concept of giving back to the community through her aviation practice. She has written numerous aviation articles featured in major publications and is a strong advocate for helping human trafficking victims. Becky has a motto that sits at the root of all the work that she does on a daily basis: Use the Power of Aviation to Do Good.
Aero Law Group, Aviation Attorney (2015-2018)
Martonick Law, Criminal Defense Intern (2013-2014)
City of Sandpoint Prosecutor’s Office, Legal Intern (2012)
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association, Secretary and Board, Member (2019-Present)
National Business Aviation Association, Member
Seattle Union Gospel Mission Open Door Legal Services, Pro Bono Attorney
Washington State Bar Association, Member
Idaho State Bar Association, Member
North Idaho CASA, Guardian ad Litem (2012-2013)
Advanced Mediation Certificate, Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution
Recipient of Quest Aircraft’s Bruce Kennedy Passion Award
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