Timothy Ravich Tressler LLP

Ravich, Timothy M. Senior Counsel

Ravich, Timothy M. Senior Counsel

Practice Focus

Timothy M. Ravich concentrates his practice in the areas of aviation, product and general civil litigation. Recognized as one of only 50 lawyers qualified as a Board-Certified Expert in the area of aviation law, Tim specializes in transactional and regulatory matters related to the ownership, maintenance and utilization of aircraft, airports and airspace. 

Tim provides legal representation to a diverse range of clients in the aviation industry, covering a wide spectrum of matters. His clientele has included operators from both commercial and general aviation sectors, including Part 121 and 135 carriers. He has also worked with aircraft and engine original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) companies, airmen and aviation insurers. Tim has counseled and advocated for clients on various issues, from matters related to the purchase, sale and utilization of aircraft under international law, such as the Cape Town Convention, to airport law, accident litigation and passenger claims arising under the Airline Deregulation Act, Montreal and Warsaw Conventions, Title 49 U.S.C. and Part 14 C.F.R. He also has provided expert testimony and advised public and private sector clients, including U.S. presidential campaigns, members of the United States Congress, local, state and international governments, law firms, airlines, aircraft manufacturers and operators and airmen.

In addition to representing traditional or conventional aviation clients, Tim also represents startups, with a particular emphasis on emerging regulatory areas such as unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones, advanced air mobility (AAM) and space law. Notably, Tim served as General Counsel of a Canadian-based multinational UAS and data company, playing a pivotal role in securing one of the first authorizations for commercial drone aircraft operations worldwide.

Having worked at top-tier business litigation firms, Tim also brings extensive experience in handling complex commercial matters on behalf of Fortune 500 corporations as “first chair” in class action litigation and products liability cases, both at the state and federal levels.

Professional Background

Tim's advocacy skills are recognized by the legal community. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a distinction representing the highest possible rating for lawyers based on legal ability and general ethical standards.  He also is regularly recognized by publications such as a "Super Lawyer" and "Leading Lawyer" in the area of aviation and business law.

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Tim also is an active community and bar leader. He was the president of one of the largest voluntary bar associations in the United States. He also chaired the local bar association’s professionalism committee and led the state bar’s Aviation Law Committee for two consecutive terms. He also was a member of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates, serving as bar association representative.

While in law school, Tim served as the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Miami Business Law Review and was tapped into Iron Arrow, the highest honor attained at the University of Miami. He was also awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Research, Writing and received first place in the Optional Team Moot Court Competition (1L). 

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Panel Attorney
  • American Bar Association, The Forum on Air & Space Law, Member
  • Aviation Insurance Association (AIA), Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Experimental Aircraft Association, Member
  • Kent State University College of Engineering and Aeronautics (CAE) Advisory Board for Advanced Air Mobility, Member



Recent Articles and Blogs

United States Drone Law in The Law of Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” Wolters Kluwer, 2022

Vectors: Immunity in Commercial Aviation,” William and Mary Business Law Review, 2022

Cabotage and Deregulatory Anomalies,” Journal of Air Law and Commerce, 2022

International Aviation Law and Pandemic,” Journal of Air Law and Commerce, 2021

Notice: Aircraft Lien Law in Florida,” University of Miami Law Review, 2021

Aircraft Lien Law,” Florida Bar Journal, 2020

Privacy Law in the Drone Age: Lowering (Reasonable) Expectations,” American Bar Ass'n, GP Solo, 2020

Introduction to Aviation Law,” West Academic, 2020

Grounding Innovation: How Ex Ante Prohibitions and Ex Post Allowances Impede Commercial Drone Use,” Columbia Business Law Review, 2018

Airports, Droneports, and the New Urban Airspace,” Fordham Urban Law Journal, 2017

Commercial Drone Law,” American Bar Association, 2017

A Comparative Global Analysis of Drone Laws: Best Practices and Policies in The Future of Drone Use: Opportunities and Threats from Ethical and Legal Perspectives,” Springer, 2016

Open Skies,” 10 FIU L. Rev. 137, 2015

Courts in the Drone Age,” 42 Northern Kentucky Law Review 161, 2015

Commercial Drones and the Phantom Menace,” J. Int'l Media and Ent. L., 2014

National Airline Policy,” U. Miami Bus. L. Rev., 2014)

Anti-Drone Law Unlikely to Promote Privacy, Security,” Daily Business Review, 2013

The Sunshine State, in Space,” Florida Bar Journal, Sept./Oct. 2010

Aviation Law after September 11th,” Vandeplas, 2010

The Integration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles into the National Airspace,”
85 North Dakota L. Rev. 597, 2009

Deregulation of the Airline Computer Reservation Systems (CRS) Industry,” 69 J. of Air Law and Com. 387, 2004

The U.S. Airline Industry after September 11, 2001,” 8 Int'l Travel L.J. 254, 2001

Flight or Fight: The Passengers’ Bill of Rights,” 8 Int'l Travel L.J. 102, 2001


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