Megan Rae Rosia, previously a top official at the Federal Aviation Administration, has rejoined Crowell & Moring’s Washington office as a partner in its aviation group. As the agency’s assistant administrator for government and industry affairs, Rosia worked “across the broad spectrum” of regulatory issues, she says.
Before moving to the FAA in 2006, she spent 12 years in-house as the chief regulatory and international affairs attorney with Northwest Airlines.
Rosia, 43, started her a career in 1990 as an associate in Crowell’s antitrust practice, where she worked for a number of major airlines and soon developed an interest in aviation law. It’s "extremely addictive,” she says. “Anyone who works in the area will tell you that once you get it in your blood, it’s very hard to get away.”
Now she’s looking forward to 2009. The next congressional term will be a “critical period” for the industry, says Rosia, with the FAA and Federal Highway Administration reauthorization bills and the Department of Transportation appropriations bill all on the agenda. She notes that Congress is already working on a stimulus package aimed at transportation infrastructure.
“That would put the construction trades back to work immediately,” Rosia says. “It’s going to be an exciting year from a public policy perspective. … One thing I clearly sense is that the new administration understands the critical importance of transportation, and aviation specifically, to the economy.”
Clients of Crowell’s aviation group include Ireland-based Aer Lingus and Continental Airlines. The firm also represents the Regional Airline Association and the Helicopter Association International.