Aviation Attorneys to Speak at 13th Annual FAA Registry Forum

February 2, 2006

Frank Polk, Erin Van Laanen and Scott McCreary, shareholders and aviation attorneys with McAfee & Taft, will be featured speakers at this month’s 13th Annual FAA Registry Forum in Miami Beach, FL.  The Oklahoma-based firm is also a sponsor of the event.

The two-day seminar, which will be held February 6–7, regularly attracts industry experts and owners of commercial and business aircraft and provides them with  updates, strategies and solutions for dealing with the rapidly changing aviation industry.

This year’s forum will focus on the changes and challenges associated with the ratification of the Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol, a unique international treaty that will have significant impact on all aspects of purchasing, selling, leasing and financing aircraft.  The Convention will enter into force on March 1, 2006.

Frank Polk, leader of the firm’s aviation practice group, will be serving as co-chairman of the forum and moderating a session on “Aircraft Title Insurance after Cape Town.”  Erin Van Laanen will be speaking on “The First Step to Cape Town: FAA Aircraft Registration, Lien Perfection and the Continued Role of the United States FAA Registry,” and Scott McCreary will moderate a panel discussion on “Implementation in the United States.”

Located just miles from the Federal Aviation Administration Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, the law firm of McAfee & Taft has distinguished itself in the field of aviation law as having one of the largest and most experienced FAA aviation groups in the United States.  The firm actively represents local, national and international clients on a wide spectrum of aviation matters.

McAfee & Taft is the largest law firm in Oklahoma, serving clients throughout the Southwest and nationally in the areas of aviation, business law, corporate and securities, employee benefits, entertainment, environmental law, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, oil and gas, real estate, and tax and family wealth.  The firm employs over 200 Oklahomans, including more than 115 attorneys.