Experienced Aircraft Transactions Law Firm
Bespoke Advocacy Services for Jet Owners and Buyers


The purchase of a new or previously owned aircraft can be exciting—a world filled with new capabilities, the latest systems and avionics, new cabin comforts and adventures waiting to happen. But the acquisition will also trigger a host of complex legal and regulatory issues that can be expensive traps for the unwary. Having seasoned counsel advising you during the process can help to ensure that the purchase goes smoothly and transitions into worry-free ownership and operation.

Luxury private jet interior.
Private jet on tarmac.


Selling comes with its own unique set of concerns, from ensuring that the transaction proceeds cleanly and efficiently with no post-closing liabilities or obligations, to fair allocation of responsibilities and expenses during the pre-purchase inspection, insurance coverage issues during positioning and test flights, sales tax planning, transfer of maintenance contracts, and many more. Again, having experienced counsel at your side throughout the process can save on expenses and help to provide for maximum protection.

Our Attorney: John D. McKay

John McKay logged many hours defending airlines in litigation before accepting an in-house position as a Claims Attorney at one of the world’s leading aviation insurers. While there, he co-managed the defense of product liability lawsuits worldwide for The Boeing Company and GE Aviation, in addition to handling claims arising out of the Air France Flight 447 tragedy and several general aviation crashes. Now returned to private practice and dedicated to assisting claimants in similar matters, he is the Managing Attorney for Park Avenue Law LLC, where he concentrates on aviation-related wrongful death and personal injury litigation for plaintiffs, as well as jet and turboprop purchases and sales. Park Avenue Law has offices in Winter Park, Florida, Toronto, and San Francisco. John is licensed to practice in eight U.S. states, as well as England and Ontario. He holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with instrument and multiengine ratings.

John has a B.A. with Distinction from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, where he was a member of the school’s Moot Court team and received its Best Advocate Award at graduation. He has served on state and local ethics and professionalism committees for attorneys, and was one of the co-founders of the Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court, dedicated to fostering jury trial skills and professionalism in young attorneys who are getting started in practice.

What clients say:

"John is great to work with. He knows his way around aircraft transactions and is tenacious in making sure that you are protected. He carries out his duties in the most organized and streamlined way and definitely keeps things smooth for buyers and sellers alike. I hope to work with John again down the road."
Happy client.
G. B.
Colorado Business Owner
"John McKay is the kind of ethical, competent lawyer everyone hopes they can hire, plain and simple."
Happy clients who received a major settlement.
D.S. and J.S.
Florida Retirees


We serve clients worldwide from our three offices:

201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105

1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1W7

127 W. Fairbanks Avenue #519
Winter Park, FL 32789


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