Veteran aviation attorney
Brian Monkarsh has joined Santa Monica, CA-based Aerlex Law Group as Senior
Counsel, Commercial Aircraft.
With 20 years of experience
in the aviation industry, Monkarsh brings a wide-ranging expertise in both
transactional and litigation matters.
He spent a decade with
International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), one of the world’s leading
aircraft leasing companies, climbing the ranks from
Corporate Counsel to Senior Vice President & General
From 2005 to 2009, he was the lead attorney in
all of the company’s equipment acquisitions, including purchase contracts for
more than 120 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft. He was also lead attorney in more
than 100 equipment leases and in multiple litigation matters, including customer
bankruptcies, collections, and equipment repossessions.
Monkarsh began his career as
an associate attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles. Subsequent positions took him to Europe, where he first became involved in the aviation
industry, serving initially as Senior Counsel at aircraft manufacturer Avions de Transport Régional (ATR), a French-Italian joint venture of Aérospatiale (now
Airbus Group) and Alenia Aeronautica (now Leonardo) based in Toulouse, France, and later as Vice President, Legal, at Aercap Holdings, today the world’s
largest independent aircraft leasing company, based in Amsterdam, the
“I am very pleased to be
making this significant announcement about the expansion of Aerlex Law Group’s
legal team,” said Stephen Hofer,
President of the Aerlex Law Group. “Brian’s impressive experience representing
commercial aircraft manufacturers and leasing companies on an international
level adds another dimension to Aerlex Law Group’s aviation practice. His unique
understanding of that segment of the industry gives us the capability to serve
commercial aviation clients and also brings added benefits to the owners and
operators of business aircraft who have traditionally constituted our core
Monkarsh graduated from the
University of California at Berkeley, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He
earned his J.D. at Stanford University and served as Editor-in-Chief of the
Stanford Journal of International Law. In addition, Mr. Monkarsh studied at the
Université de Toulouse, France, where he earned a graduate degree in
international business law. He is fluent in both French and Spanish.
Aerlex Law Group, a boutique
law firm specializing in aircraft acquisition and ownership, has successfully
managed more than $4 billion in aircraft transactions and represents clients
worldwide in all aspects of business aviation law.