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., 815 F.3d 632 (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)


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 J. Fraidenburgh focuses his practice on representing aviation industry clients in complex litigation and regulatory affairs. Mr. Fraidenburgh has argued and won in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and has served as lead trial counsel in California and elsewhere. He represents clients ranging from government agencies to Fortune 100 companies. In 2018, Mr. Fraidenburgh was named a “Top 40 Under 40” lawyer by the Daily Journal, as one of only 20 lawyers selected from Southern California.

As Co-Chair of the firm’s Aviation Industry Group, Mr. Fraidenburgh has gained a national reputation for his representation of clients in the aviation and aerospace industry. His clients include public and private airports, ports, leading international aerospace companies, developers (particularly on projects near airports), solar and wind energy companies, oil companies, Part 135 companies, FBOs, air charter brokers, and contractors in large transportation projects. The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and several other publications have quoted Mr. Fraidenburgh on litigation and emerging legal issues in the aviation and aerospace industry.

Highlights of his recent work include:

  • Successfully briefed, argued, and won in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, achieving dismissal of 8-figure claims against a public airport in November 2017. SilverWing at Sandpoint, LLC v. Bonner Cty., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 21970 (9th Cir. 2017).
  • Currently represents a Silicon Valley-based aircraft manufacturer in a wide variety of regulatory issues concerning the development, testing, and certification of new manned and unmanned aircraft.
  • Successfully served as lead trial counsel in a two-week jury trial and defensed claims against a public airport, limiting exposure to less than 1% of the amount sought by the Plaintiff. (Additional trial experience includes representing a Fortune 100 company in a three week jury trial and serving as first chair and second chair in bench trials and jury trials.)
  • Represented a leading aircraft maintenance company in state, federal, and Part 16 actions over an airport hangar lease dispute, resulting in a complete victory for the client on summary judgment and an award of more than $1.4 million in attorney’s fees.
  • Currently represents a leading national energy company in obtaining government approvals for solar and wind energy projects.
  • Advised a leading American aviation and aeronautics company in matters related to autonomous vehicle operations.
  • Successfully represented a Beijing-based client in obtaining a high-dollar figure judgment in litigation in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
  • Advised a mining transportation and logistics company on FAA regulatory compliance matters related to the operation of large delivery drones.
  • Successfully represented a transportation industry client in obtaining summary judgment and more than $700,000 in attorney’s fees in high-exposure federal litigation.
  • Advised a drone manufacturer on regulatory compliance and risk-mitigation issues.
  • Successfully responded to Department of Transportation subpoenas and obtained complete dismissal of DOT enforcement action.

Mr. Fraidenburgh has also served as an active member of several firm committees. As a member of the Pro Bono Committee, Mr. Fraidenburgh has volunteered his time to organizations that serve underprivileged children.