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We are delighted to share that Vedder Price has once again achieved remarkable recognition for its Business Aviation practice, marking the eighth consecutive year of acknowledgment by Chambers High Net Worth 2023. Comprehensive details regarding this year's rankings are available below.

Ranked Departments:

  • Private Aircraft (Global-wide) – Band 1
    Vedder Price’s global transportation practice has notable cross-border aviation capabilities and is particularly strong in Washington, DC and London. 

Ranked Lawyers:

  • David M. Hernandez – Band 1
  • Edward K. Gross – Band 1
  • Derek Watson – Band 2

David Hernandez, a Washington, DC-based attorney brings a wealth of experience to the table as a former prosecutor at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Today, he leverages his expertise to guide clients in navigating various aspects of aviation, including regulatory affairs, enforcement issues, financing matters and disputes. Industry insiders highly commend his prowess in handling regulatory mandates, describing him as being “extremely good in this space.”

DC-based attorney Edward Gross brings an extensive wealth of experience to the realm of complex aircraft financing transactions, and is noted by a source as being one of the best in his field: “Edward is the top guy in the US for this work: he has great experience and background generally. He has an extremely loyal following as well.”

“Derek is the greatest attorney I have ever worked with on matters related to high net worth, private aircraft and structuring. He is my go-to when I am stuck,” observes a source that has worked with London-based Derek Watson. He is an experienced asset finance lawyer who regularly advises on aircraft deals, including purchases and sale and leasing transactions.

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David M. Hernandez


Edward K. Gross


Derek Watson