Barbara E. Lichman, Ph.D., J.D.

Barbara E. Lichman, Ph.D., has an extensive and successful record representing airports, municipalities, developers, and other public and private clients in litigation and administrative proceedings under Federal Aviation statutes such as the Airline Deregulation Act and Airport Noise and Capacity Act; the California Public Utilities Code governing land use in airport environs (Aeronautics Act); and federal and state environmental statutes including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Clean Air Act, the Federal Clean Water Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, and the California Coastal Act. She has also successfully represented clients in litigation involving land use issues such as inverse condemnation, development agreements and specific plan amendments. Dr. Lichman holds a doctorate in urban and regional planning.  

Dr. Lichman’s experience is both national and international. As a Registered Federal Lobbyist, Dr. Lichman successfully lobbied and testified before Congress on behalf of aircraft owners and operators on issues including the grant of investment tax credits for noise reduction of aircraft engines. She also served as counsel to Air AAA Group, a consortium of international architectural, engineering and construction companies in their airport development activities at Pudong Airport, Shanghai, China. Dr. Lichman served as managing partner of Chevalier, Allen & Lichman, LLP, for sixteen years.

Dr. Lichman’s clients include public entities, airport owners/sponsors, land developers, major power generating companies, ports, fixed-base operators (FBOs) and aircraft owners. She is also experienced in representing airlines and their insurance companies in air crash personal injury and wrongful death litigation.


Representative Matters

United States Courts of Appeals
•  City of Mukilteo, Wa. v. U.S. Dept. of Transp., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 4117 (9th Cir. 2016)
•  Tinicum Township, Pa. v. U.S. Dept. of Transp., 685 F.3d 288 (3rd Cir. 2012)
•  41 North 73 West, Inc. v. U.S. D.O.T., 408 Fed.Appx. 393 (2nd Cir. 2010)
•  City of Las Vegas, Nev. v. F.A.A., 570 F.3d 1109 (9th Cir. 2009)
•  County of Delaware, Pa. v. Department of Transp., 554 F.3d 143 (D.C. Cir. 2009)
•  City of Olmsted Falls, Ohio v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 435 F.3d 632 (6th Cir. 2006)
•  City of Olmsted Falls, OH v. F.A.A., 292 F.3d 261 (D.C. Cir. 2002)

State Courts of Appeal
•  Olmsted Falls v. Jones, 152 Ohio App.3d 282 (Ohio App. 10th Dist. 2003)
•  Citizens for Jobs and the Economy v. County of Orange, 94 Cal.App.4th 1311 (2002)

U.S. District Courts
•  SilverWing at Sandpoint, LLC v. Bonner County, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165000 (D. Idaho 2014)
•  City of Olmsted Falls v. U.S. E.P.A., 266 F.Supp.2d 718 (N.D. Ohio 2003)
•  City of Olmsted Falls v. U.S. E.P.A., 233 F.Supp.2d 890 (N.D. Ohio 2002)


Recent Presentations & Publications

•  "Federal Agencies Take Coordinated Steps to Regulate Hydraulic Fracturing," Inside Counsel, May 30, 2012
•  “The Forest Service Crosses Swords with Ski Area Operators Over Water Rights,” Inside Counsel, May 16, 2012
•  "The Obama Administration Agrees to Expedite Development of Great Lakes Offshore Wind Projects," Inside Counsel, May 2, 2012
•  "The Department of the Interior Releases its Final Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines," Inside Counsel, April 18, 2012
•  "When it Comes to Airport Noise Regulation, 'Big Brother' is Watching You," Inside Counsel, April 4, 2012
•  "FAA Reauthorization Act Exempts Next-Gen Airspace Redesign Projects From Environmental Review," Inside Counsel, March 21, 2012
•  "Streaming Environmental Review: Myth or Reality?" The Air and Space Lawyer, American Bar Association, Vol. 15, No. 3, Winter 2011



Dr. Lichman earned her J.D. at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law in 1988 after receiving her M.P.L. and Ph.D. from the USC School of Urban and Regional Planning. She earned her B.A. at Brandeis University.


Areas of Practice

• Land Use
• Environmental
• Aviation

Bar Admissions

• California
• U.S. Supreme Court
• U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit
• U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
• U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
• U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
• U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Tucson Division
• U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
• U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, Northern Division

Paul J. Fraidenburgh, J.D.

Paul Fraidenburgh is a member of the Aviation and Aerospace Practice Group and has gained a national reputation for his representation of clients in the unmanned aircraft systems (aka drones) industry. The Los Angeles Times, MovieMaker Magazine, and several other publications have quoted Mr. Fraidenburgh on the topic of unmanned aircraft systems, and his clients are among the most cutting-edge filmmakers and aviation companies in the world.
Highlights of his recent work include:
  • Served as appellate counsel appearing in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a highly publicized aviation-related dispute.
  • Served as lead counsel opposing the United States government in a dispute over airspace rights.
  • Advised clients on the legal framework governing the use of unmanned aircraft systems for filmmaking and aerial photography.
As an active member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, Mr. Fraidenburgh also volunteers his time to organizations that help children in need of a family. By providing pro bono legal services and advocacy to adoptive parents, Mr. Fraidenburgh has helped families successfully navigate the adoption process, giving the child a loving family and a permanent home.