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Mr. Lapayowker devotes his law practice to corporate aircraft
transactions.  He counsels corporate and individual clients, foreign
and domestic, on issues relating to the acquisition, leasing,
registration and financing of new and pre-owned jet aircraft (including
fractional aircraft).  He counsels on a wide variety of aviation
matters, including implementing tax efficient structures, related FAA
and DOT regulatory matters, regulatory evaluation of operations,
aircraft management arrangements, personal use issues and
compensation-related SEC issues in connection with the use of business
aircraft by public companies.

He is Recording Secretary of the  National Business Aviation
Association’s Tax and Regulatory Committee, past Chair of its Aircraft
Transactions Working Group, Vice-Chair of its Regulatory Working Group,
and a member of the Aviation Law Committee of The Florida Bar.

Mr. Lapayowker has written articles and editorials, has been quoted
in the press, cited to by a federal appellate court and has lectured on
various topics in business aviation.


He likes to blog on


He enjoys tennis and spending time with his three children, Samantha, Jeremy and Liberty.


Practice areas


  1. Aviation: 100%
    7 years

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Contact info

Stewart H. Lapayowker, P.A.

Banyan Ternimal at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport
5360 NW 20th Terrace, Ste 205
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309

5360 Nw 20th Ter Ste 205
Ft Lauderdale, FL, 33309



FLMember in Good Standing199501/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Aviation Law Firm of the Year 2010DealMakers Monthly Magazine2011
Included in Best Lawyers in America 2011 editionBest Lawyers2010
Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2010 editionBest Lawyers2009
South Florida's Best Lawyers 2009 EditionIncisive Media2009
Top LawyerSouth Florida Legal Guide2009
South Florida's Best Lawyers 2010 EditionBest Lawyers in America2009
Who's Who Legal - Florida 2008Law Business Research, Ltd.2008
South Florida Super Lawyers 2007Super Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderStewart H. Lapayowker, P.A.2008 - Present
PartnerGoldstein Lapayowker LLP2006 - 2008
ShareholderAkerman Senterfitt1996 - 2006
AssociateGunster Yoakley & Stewart1995 - 1996
AssociateCohen Shapio Polisher Shiekman and Cohen1989 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Business Aviation AssociationRecording Secretary - Tax Committee2009 - Present
Aviation Law Committee of Florida BarMember2009 - Present
South Florida Business Aviation AssociationMember2009 - Present
National Business Aviation AssociationChair, Aircraft Transactions Working Group2007 - 2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of PennsylvaniaBusinessOther - Bachelors1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Aircraft Registration ConferenceOffers to Purchase in Transition2011
NBAA Tax and Regulatory ConferenceImporting and Exporting Aircraft2010
Annual Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management ConferenceInternational Transactions2010
NBAA Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management ConferenceInternational Issues in Business Aircraft Transactions2009
16th Annual Aircraft Registry ForumLegal Issues Relating to Aircraft Leases and Loans2009
14th Annual Aircraft TransactionsAviation2009