Rebecca MacPherson advises clients in the transportation sector, with a particular focus on strategic and regulatory issues in the airline, aviation, and automotive sectors. She also advises clients on maritime matters.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2013, Rebecca served as assistant chief counsel for international law, legislation, and regulations at the Federal Aviation Administration. She provided legal and policy guidance to the FAA on matters associated with the development of regulations governing all aspects of aviation, as well as the day-to-day implementation of all existing standards and regulations. Rebecca was responsible for developing novel solutions to industry problems within the confines of existing regulations. Her work on airline mergers and single operating certificates has become a standard in the airline industry. She also provided guidance on the development of NextGen equipage and operating requirements and on obstructions to air navigation. Rebecca played a crucial role in the development of agency policies at congested airports and was instrumental in developing the Bush Administration's open market initiative at U.S. slot-controlled airports. She routinely represented FAA interests to the White House, Congress, and other federal government agencies where she provided expertise on numerous high-profile initiatives like the impact of wind farm technology on the safety of the nation's airspace and the risk of lithium batteries on aircraft. Rebecca has also worked on the development of motor vehicle safety standards, most notably the U.S. government's advanced air bag standard in 2000, and on numerous international harmonization initiatives in the aviation and automotive industries.