Reese Davidson



Reese Davidson concentrates his practice on all aspects of domestic and international aviation law, advising U.S. and foreign airlines on a variety of matters involving the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as advising airlines on legislative matters before Congress. He assists airline clients in navigating the evolving rules, regulations, and procedures of the various federal agencies that regulate aviation matters. Reese has extensive knowledge of the commercial aviation industry and a deep understanding of the intersection between aviation law and public policy.

Before entering private practice, Reese worked for several years in DOT’s Office of Aviation and International Affairs. At DOT, he worked primarily on airline alliance and competition issues, including international antitrust immunity proceedings. He also worked on a variety of other matters, including domestic airline mergers, DCA slot exemption proceedings, rulemakings regarding slots at New York-area airports, and on aeropolitical matters such as bilateral aviation negotiations and disputes over traffic rights.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Forum on Air & Space Law
  • International Aviation Club of Washington, D.C.


Aviation Regulatory Update November 2016

Aviation Regulatory Update October 2016

Aviation Regulatory Update September 2016

Aviation Regulatory Update August 2016

Aviation Regulatory Update July 2016

Aviation Regulatory Update June 2016

Aviation Regulatory Update: May 2016

Aviation Regulatory Update: March 2016

Aviation Regulatory Update: February 2016

The Gulf Carrier Dispute: An Analysis of DOT’s Potential Legal Options

News and Insights


  • “The Gulf Carrier Dispute: An Analysis of DOT’s Potential Legal Options,” The Air & Space Lawyer, Volume 28, Number 4, 2015.
  • “Airline Alliances and Antitrust Immunity,” co-authored with David Heffernan, Aviation Regulation in the United States (ABA Book Publishing, 2014).