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Charles M. Trippe, Jr.

Chief Counsel

photo of Charles M. TrippeCharlie Trippe was appointed Chief Counsel, AGC-1, at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in July 2017.

In this role, he serves as legal advisor to the FAA Administrator and FAA leadership, and manages the legal and administrative staff of the Office of General Counsel. He also liaises with the Office of General Counsel of the Department of Transportation, as well as the chief counsels of the other operating administrations of the Department.

Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. Trippe was an attorney in private practice in Jacksonville, Florida, where his practice focused on commercial, corporate and transportation litigation. During 2011 and 2012, Mr. Trippe served as General Counsel to the Executive Office of Florida Governor Rick Scott where he represented the Governor and his agency, served as the Chief Ethics Officer of the agency, and liaised with the general counsels of state executive agencies supervised by the Governor.

From 1994 to 2001, Mr. Trippe served as Assistant General Counsel and then General Counsel – Litigation at CSX Transportation, Inc., where he was responsible for the management of, and counseling senior management as to, complex and high risk litigation involving the company. Prior to his association with CSX, Mr. Trippe was partner in the New York office of Jones Day, where his practice concentrated on complex litigation.

A native of Massachusetts, Trippe graduated cum laude from Columbia College and received his Juris Doctor from the Columbia Law School. He has been practicing law since 1980, and is a member of the New York, Florida and Massachusetts bars.

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