Naveen Rao advises air carriers, aerospace firms, technology companies, and investment funds on regulatory matters involving the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and foreign aviation regulators. He works closely with attorneys throughout firm offices in the United States and around the world, advising aviation clients on matters involving competition and antitrust, environmental law, labor and employment issues, and corporate transactions.
Mr. Rao offers insights and experience acquired at government agencies and in the private sector including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) , the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau and Japan Fair Trade Commission. At DOT, he served as Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, where he participated in the formulation of U.S. aviation policy, the administration of economic programs affecting the airline industry, and the coordination of international programs across multiple transportation modes. Mr. Rao also acquired a deep understanding of safety regulations through his work as a regulatory attorney in the FAA Office of the Chief Counsel.
Mr. Rao also has relevant private sector experience. He served as vice president and general counsel of an aviation technology startup, and acquired experience at United Airlines, All Nippon Airways and another international law firm. Mr. Rao is proficient in Japanese, and is also a private pilot.
- Participated in air service negotiations with governments of China and Japan and helped formulate U.S. negotiating positions.
- Supported the Secretary of Transportation’s New York aviation delay task force, advising on technological, economic, and legal issues. Co-led discussions with industry officials on air traffic control matters.
- Prepared report for White House on Next Generation Air Transportation System with the FAA Chief Counsel.
- Advanced major FAA rulemakings including proposals for satellite-based navigation (Area Navigation or RNAV) and over-water operations (Extended Operations or ETOPS).