Jeff Shane has spent decades working on transportation law and policy, with a special emphasis on aviation. His most recent affiliation was with the International Air Transport Association, which he served as General Counsel for more than seven years, based first in Montreal and later in Geneva, before retiring at the end of June 2020. In that role, he was responsible for managing IATA’s Legal Services group, the delivery of legal support to IATA’s operational units around the world, and for working with IATA’s member airlines to address legal issues of importance to the industry at large.
Earlier in his career, Jeff was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) and later at Hogan Lovells. In addition to his 14 years in private law practice, Jeff had a long career in the U.S. Government. He held three Presidential appointments, including Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy between 2003 and 2008. In addition to other senior positions at the U.S. Department of Transportation, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Transportation Affairs for four years, where he served as chief U.S. aviation negotiator.
Recognized for his role in establishing an Open Skies aviation policy for the United States, he was also a principal architect of USDOT’s approach to international aviation alliances and antitrust immunity. He was an early champion of the “NextGen” transformation of the U.S. air traffic control system, the acceleration of GPS modernization, and other technology initiatives to enhance the safety, security, and efficiency of aviation and other modes of transportation.
Jeff is a member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council and NASA’s National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (GPS) Advisory Board. He served in 2007 as President of the triennial Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization. He has also served as Chairman of the Commission on Air Transport of the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Military Airlift Committee of the National Defense Transportation Association, Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Air and Space Law, and President of the International Aviation Club. He taught for four years as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University.
The recipient of a number of professional recognitions, Jeff is a graduate of Princeton and Columbia Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Founex, Switzerland, near Geneva.
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