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James M Waldon

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Areas of Practice


Jim has extensive legal and management experience within the aviation industry, including Lead Counsel at Alaska Airlines and Senior Attorney at Trans World Airlines. He holds a commercial pilot license with over 2,500 hours and was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of a regional Hawaiian airline, as well as Managing Partner of Waldon Law Group, a law practice with an aviation focus. His practice focuses on aircraft transactions and finance and Federal Aviation Administration regulatory matters, general business, and corporate law. He represents domestic airlines and business aircraft owners and operators. He assists clients in establishing appropriate operating structures for aircraft to comply with the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration regulatory requirements and has represented numerous clients in regard to participation in fractional ownership programs. Jim represents clients before the FAA in enforcement actions and assists in obtaining Part 135, 121, and 129 authority for commercial operators. Jim is frequently consulted by local media to discuss various aviation topics.


Professional Experience



  • Joined Lane Powell PC in 2006

  • Lead Counsel, Alaska Airlines

  • Senior Attorney, Trans World Airlines

  • Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel for Mokulele Airlines

  • Managing Partner, Waldon Law Offices

  • President, Whiteside Air and Ozark Aviation

  • Commercial pilot with over 2,500 hours


Admitted to Practice



  • Washington

  • Missouri


 


Publications



  • “FAA Issues Final Rule – Comprehensive Changes to Aircraft Registration Requirements,” Lane Powell Aviation Industry Legal Update, July 29, 2010

  • “FAA Proposes to Change Pilot Training Requirements,” Lane Powell Aviation Industry Legal Update, September 3, 2009

  • “TSA Proposal to Require General Aviation Security Programs,” Lane Powell Aviation Industry Legal Update, January 12, 2009


Speaking Engagements



  • Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner, Puget Sound Chapter of ASIS International, May 2010 (Keynote)

  • “Introduction to Aviation Law”, ITT Technical Institute, April 2010

  • “Proposed Pilot Training Regulatory Changes,” Lawyer Pilots Bar Association Conference, February 2010

  • “The Passenger Bill of Rights,” Pacific Northwest Aviation Law and Insurance Seminar, September 2007

  • “New Airline Service between Portland and Seattle,” Portland CBS affiliate KOIN, June 2008 (Television interview)

  • “Current Developments in Airline Travel,” Seattle FOX News 13, December, 2007 (Television interview)

  • “The Passenger Bill of Rights,” Seattle FOX News 13, September 2007 (Television interview)

  • “Airline Delays: What is the Cause?” Seattle FOX News 13, September 2007 (Television interview)


Professional and Community Activities



  • Panel Attorney, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

  • Co-Chair of Membership, Lawyer Pilots Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Aviation Section

  • Washington State Bar Association

  • King County Bar Association

  • President, Aviation Section

  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association

  • National Business Aviation Association (NBBA)

  • Pacific Northwest Business Association (PNBAA)

  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Bar Association

  • Panel Attorney, Epilepsy Foundation


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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Aviation: 60%
    18 years, 100 cases
  2. General Practice: 20%
    18 years, 100 cases
  3. Business: 20%
    18 years, 100 cases

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Contact info

Paramount Law Group, PLLC

1000 Second Ave
Suite 3000
Seattle, WA, 98104

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200208/16/2016
MONot authorized to practice-Administrative199801/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Past Membership DirectorLawyer Pilot's Bar Association2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberParamount Law Group, PLLC2010 - Present
AttorneyLane Powell2006 - Present
Chief Operating Officer/General CounselMokulele Airlines2004 - 2006
Managing PartnerWaldon Law Offices2004 - 2006
Lead CounselAlaska Airlines2000 - 2004
Senior AttorneyTrans World Airlines1997 - 2000
PresidentWhiteside Air and Ozark Aviation1989 - 1995
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Business Aviation AssociationMember - Regulatory Affairs Committee2015 - Present
Northwest Aviation Insurance AssociationPresident2013 - Present
International Aviation and Transportation Safety Bar AssociationExecutive Vice President2013 - Present
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Lawyer Pilots Bar AssociationPast Officer, Current Member2007 - Present
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation AssociationMember2006 - Present
National Business Aviation AssociationN/A2006 - Present
American Bar Association, Aviation SectionMember2004 - Present
Aircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationPanel Attorney2004 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Epilepsy FoundationPanel AttorneyN/A
King County Bar Association, Aviation SectionPast President2007 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Complex Aircraft TransactionsSuccess!
Boeing KoreaN/A
Evergreen AirlinesFine reduction
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
PLG Aviation Law UpdateHow to Start an Airline2015
Lane Powell Aviation Industry Legal UpdateFAA Issues Final Rule – Comprehensive Changes to Aircraft Registration Requirements2010
Lawyer Pilots Bar AssociationFAA Proposes to Change Pilot Training Requirements2009
Lane Powell Aviation Industry Legal UpdateTSA Proposal to Require General Aviation Security Programs2009
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of DubuqueFlight OperationsBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Aviation LawHow to Start an Airline2015
International Aviation and Transportation Safety Bar Association Annual ConventionThe Pilots Bill of Rights - One Year Later2013
EAA MeetingThe Legal Ramifications of Non-Compliance with the FARs2013
Lawyer Pilots Bar Association ConferenceProposed Pilot Training Regulatory Changes2010
Law Enforcement Appreciation DinnerKeynote Speaker2010
ITT Technical InstituteIntroduction to Aviation Law2010
Portland CBS affiliate KOINNew Airline Service between Portland and Seattle2008
Pacific Northwest Aviation Law and Insurance SeminarThe Passenger Bill of Rights2007
Lawyer Pilots Bar AssociationNew Federal Aviation Pilot requirementsN/A