David G. Mayer is a law partner in the Global Aviation Group at Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP, located in Dallas, Texas. David works with his clients throughout their private aviation experience in matters ranging from the simple to the complex.
With about four decades in his business-oriented law practice acting as a corporate and law firm lawyer, David offers deep insight, pragmatic solutions and trained, intuitive negotiation skills, all built on his core values of integrity, hard work, and commitment to his clients.
He regularly structures, negotiates, drafts, and closes deals, manages disputes, navigates complex tax and federal aviation regulations, and develops approaches to mitigate personal liability risk.
David provides comprehensive guidance to many first-time buyers, sellers and lessees of private aircraft from the inception of their aircraft acquisition (or sale) through closing and beyond while continuing his work with repeat owners, lessees, sellers, operators, brokers, management companies and other business aviation clients. He takes delight in teaming with his clients to close unique and creative transactions.
David’s aviation clients consist primarily of high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, private companies and corporations, flight departments, public corporations, family offices, equity investors, management companies, banks and other financiers.
His practice covers five main areas: aircraft transactions (purchases, sales, financing/leasing, management, hangar leasing, and more); federal, state and local taxation; FAA and other regulatory matters; risk management; and private aviation-related dispute resolution.
Although David usually represents lessees and borrowers in aircraft financing and leasing transactions, he also less frequently represents (and during his long career has regularly represented) lenders, lessors, equity investors and other financiers in various financing transactions – and still does so in aviation deals. Understanding both sides of these transactions, David adds substantial value to the parties, resulting in positive outcomes.
David enjoys knowing and working with a wide group of experts involved in the business aviation industry, including aviation brokers, aviation insurance specialists, aircraft lessors and lenders, aircraft managers, technical and owner consultants, charter operators, aviation and corporate lawyers, aviation tax accountants, family offices, wealth managers, pilots and other trusted advisors. He often brings these industry experts to his clients as needed.
A seasoned speaker and writer, David writes every six weeks for Aviation International News (AIN) as the legal representative for the business aviation industry amid a handful of experts writing on various other industry disciplines such as the used aircraft market, safety, human capital and more. In that role, David has written 32 blogs from 2018 to March 2023. He has also been a guest on podcasts and webinars to discuss current industry topics.
A sampling of his blogs and podcast follows:
For more information about David, open his LinkedIn page at https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-g-mayer-545b678/