Robert S. Span
Robert Span specializes in complex business and employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on aviation-related matters. He is a 1971 graduate of the Yale Law School, and received his AB Degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Dartmouth College in 1967.
For thirty years, Mr. Span has represented major airlines and Airlines For America in a variety of litigation, contract, and regulatory matters. He is particularly experienced in issues concerning the economics of the aviation industry, the airline/airport relationship, federal and local regulation of airlines and airports, and airline labor and employment. A representative sampling of his experience includes representing airlines:
- In negotiations for new operating agreements at Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports
- In the successful constitutional challenge to the New York State Passenger Bill of
- In appellate challenges to FAA and DOT regulations
- Concerning airport rates and charges
- In litigation and negotiations concerning landing fees and terminal rents at Los
Angeles International Airport
- In litigation over property tax payments relating to landing fees at San Francisco International Airport and San Diego Airport
- On construction and environmental issues
- In litigation concerning access to John Wayne Airport (SNA) and Long Beach Airport (LGB)
- In connection with airport access, noise variances, frequent flyer programs and consumer class actions
- In arbitrations under the Railway Labor Act
- In Bankruptcy Code Section 1113 Hearings
Mr. Span is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Air and Space Law.
In addition to his airline-related experience, Mr. Span has represented a diverse group of clients, including the following representative sampling:
Beneficiaries of one of the largest family trusts in litigation over interpretation of the trust instrument.
- A major oil company in breach of contract litigation against an electric utility.
- An insurance company in a class action alleging fraudulent sales practices.
- An agency of the government of Japan in an action to enforce a foreign judgment in the United States.
- Employers faced with a variety of employment-related lawsuits, including claims of age, sex, race, and
religious discrimination, whistle-blower retaliation, and benefit plan violations.
Mr. Span has had substantial experience in many areas of litigation, including antitrust, contract, employment, regulated industries, securities, intellectual property and unfair competition. Mr. Span has served as President of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, President of the Santa Monica Bar Association, a Trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, a member of the County Bar’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the Superior Court, President of the County Bar’s Dispute Resolution Services, Inc., and a member of the Executive Committee of the California State Bar Association’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section. He is currently Vice Chair of the Board of the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Mr. Span’s email address is: [email protected]cherspan.com.