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Amna Arshad

Special Counsel

Antitrust and competition | Infrastructure | Pro bono | Regulatory and compliance advisory |

2018 Rising Star Award, Transportation


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About Amna Arshad

Amna Arshad is Special Counsel in our Washington, DC office focusing on regulatory counseling, commercial aviation transactions and litigation. 

With more than 10 years of diverse experience in the public and private sectors, Amna has represented major US and foreign passenger and cargo air carriers and leading aviation-related entities including airports, aerospace manufacturers, travel distribution clients, drone operators, and corporations in a variety of federal regulatory, commercial, and litigation matters.

As an experienced advisor, Amna counsels private companies across a wide range of matters such as enforcement/litigation, investigations, route proceedings, rulemakings, antitrust/competition, international law, advertising, consumer protection, obstruction evaluation, economic/licensing matters, and regulatory due diligence on mergers and acquisitions involving aviation interests. Amna has also helped businesses navigate the challenging regulatory landscape of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and new and emerging technologies prior to and following the passage of Part 107, the regulations governing commercial UAS operations.

Amna spent nearly six years in the Office of Aviation Enforcement & Proceedings at the US Department of Transportation, where she was responsible for the enforcement of a variety of aviation consumer protection, licensing and civil rights matters. She drafted federal regulations and guidance materials, led regular investigations and audits of foreign and domestic airlines and ticket agents, negotiated consent decrees, and reviewed foreign conflict of laws waiver requests.

Recent work

  • Co-author, “DOT Consumer Protection: Regulation and Enforcement,” Aviation Regulation in the U.S.



  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2007; cum laude
  • The George Washington University, B.A., 2004; magna cum laude


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Law360 Transportation Editorial Advisory Board Member (2017-2019)
  • Board Member, International Aviation Club
  • Legal Advisory Committee, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition