Jenner & Block Launches New Aviation And Aerospace Practice With Three Well-Known Global Industry Professionals Who Will Serve As Group Co-Chairs


CHICAGO, March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Jenner & Block announced today the formation of a new Aviation and Aerospace practice group with the addition of three well-known and established global industry professionals. Serving as group co-chairs are Thomas Newton Bolling, former United Airlines vice president and deputy general counsel; Marc L. Warren, most recently the chair of Crowell & Moring’s Aviation Group; and Abby L. Bried, former United Airlines Associate General Counsel for regulatory, alliances, government affairs and legal administration. All three join the firm as partners. Messrs. Bolling and Warren will be based in Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC office and Ms. Bried will be resident in the firm’s Chicago office.

“We have been privileged to work with United Airlines on some of its most important matters, and have worked closely with Tom, Abby and Marc. Their joining to create and lead our aviation and aerospace practice formalizes our already substantial presence in the industry and positions us for further growth in this sector,” said Craig C. Martin, Chair of the firm’s 400-plus lawyer Litigation practice. “Now, with the leadership of Tom, Marc and Abby, we are rapidly moving forward to expand our platform and serve our clients’ needs for litigation, regulatory and transactional services in this areas.”

The new Aviation and Aerospace practice extends the firm’s already strong reputation in serving clients in the transportation sector. The practice provides full-service, multi-disciplinary capabilities in areas such as antitrust and competition, environmental, international, regulatory, government contracts, administrative enforcement, business transactions and litigation matters, including investigations and arbitrations. In addition to representing United Airlines, the firm represents a number of clients in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters including Gulfstream, Jet Aviation Holdings, General Motors, Nissan, Mitsubushi, CSX, GATX, Hertz and Amtrak, among others.

“Joining Jenner & Block and leading its Aviation and Aerospace practice is an excellent and gratifying opportunity to align with a premier law firm with a tradition of providing the highest levels of excellence to clients. Marc, Abby and I are looking forward to working together and with our new colleagues, adding value to the practice through our experience and supporting its global growth,” said Mr. Bolling.

“The growth opportunities within the aviation sector today are exciting and this is the right time in my career to capitalize on them as a leader at Jenner & Block. It’s also a great opportunity to continue to work with Tom and Abby,” said Mr. Warren. Mr. Warren represented United Airlines as outside counsel at his previous law firm.

“After nearly three decades working directly for airlines, it is my great privilege to join Jenner & Block and build a practice that leverages Tom, Marc and my broad, global experience in this industry,” said Ms. Bried, who is former president and a current member of the Board of Directors of the International Aviation Women’s Association. “Having worked with the lawyers at Jenner & Block on many matters while at United Airlines, I am proud of the firm’s dedication to diversity and inclusion and to be part of its legendary culture of excellence and pro bono service.”

According to Samuel L. Feder, Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, DC office, the addition of Messrs. Bolling and Warren add important capabilities in continuing to serve clients in the area. “Strategically, we have added experience and depth in both our government contracts and our communications practices in response to our clients’ needs. Now, with Tom and Marc’s addition, we continue to add strength to our DC office and practice offerings in providing focused aviation and related transportation services.”


ABOUT THOMAS NEWTON BOLLING Jenner & Block Partner Tom Bolling is Co-Chair of the firm’s Aviation and Aerospace practice. Before joining the firm, he was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of United Airlines and served from October 2015 until [April] 2016 as Acting General Counsel for the world’s third largest airline with $37 billion in annual revenue and over 5,000 average daily flights at 336 airports worldwide. Mr. Bolling previously worked as the managing in-house counsel at Continental Airlines responsible for regulatory and environmental matters and, prior to Continental, represented U.S. and foreign airlines, airports, aerospace manufacturers, business aviation operators and aviation industry trade associations at two law firms in Washington, DC. Before entering the aviation industry, Mr. Bolling was one of the founders and owners of an early startup company in document imaging technology that was acquired by an outside investor. A graduate of Columbia College of Columbia University in New York, he received his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and also attended Georgetown University Law Center.

ABOUT MARC L. WARRENJenner & Block Partner Marc Warren is Co-Chair of the firm’s Aviation and Aerospace practice and has a wide range of experience in aviation matters including those involving US and foreign airlines, aerospace manufacturing, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commercial space transportation, airports and infrastructure, business aviation, product certification, safety management systems, government contracts, rulemaking and policy, and litigation and government investigations. Most recently he was Chair of Crowell & Moring’s Aviation Group and a partner in its Administrative Law and Regulatory Group. Previously, Mr. Warren served as Former Acting Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration, among other roles there. He received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Florida; an LL.M. from The Judge Advocate General’s School, US Army, and a master of strategic studies form the US Army War College.

ABOUT ABBY L. BRIEDJenner & Block Partner Abby L. Bried was most recently Associate General Counsel ? Regulatory, Alliances, Government Affairs and Legal Administration for United Airlines, where she served as a strategic legal partner for that company’s senior executive team. She began her career at Northwest Airlines and later became associated with Continental Airlines where she gained positions of increasing responsibility within the legal department, continuing through that airline’s merger with United. Ms. Bried is former president and current board member of the International Aviation Women’s Association. Ms. Bried received her B.A. from Southern Methodist University and her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.

ABOUT JENNER & BLOCK’S AVIATION AND AEROSPACE PRACTICEJenner & Block’s Aviation and Aerospace practice assists companies with the services they need in an increasingly challenging and dynamic business and operating environment, including antitrust and competition, environmental, government regulations, government contracts, government relations, investigations, litigation and transactional issues that require support from legal counsel with a deep knowledge and understanding of the sector, as well as the political and market conditions that may affect their businesses. Jenner & Block lawyers have decades of experience counseling clients in the aviation, aerospace and related industries, providing strategic and pragmatic solutions to assist clients in mitigating risks and achieving their business objectives. Our clients include major air carriers, aerospace and defense companies, as well as aircraft, engine, and component manufacturers, among others. Informed by the years of combined private sector, government and military experience of our practitioners, our multidisciplinary practice blends the experience of industry practitioners with our nationally recognized litigation and transactional talent throughout the firm.

ABOUT JENNER & BLOCKJenner & Block ( is a law firm with global reach, with more than 500 lawyers and offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. The firm is known for its prominent and successful litigation practice and experience handling sophisticated and high-profile corporate transactions. Firm clients include Fortune 100 companies, large privately held corporations, financial services institutions, emerging companies and venture capital and private equity investors. In 2016, The American Lawyer named Jenner & Block to the A-List, which recognizes the top 20 US law firms. The American Lawyer also recognized the firm as the #1 pro bono firm in the United States six of the past nine years; the firm has been ranked among the top 10 in this category every year since 1990.


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