Michael P. Peck
- Adjunct Assistant Professor
- Michael.Peck@erau.edu Email
- Department of Undergraduate Studies
- College of Aviation
Office HoursDaily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern Time
Areas of ExpertiseAviation Law
I am a Retired Partner in the Global Finance Group of Sidley Austin LLP resident in the New York office. I practiced in the area of asset-backed finance (including aircraft financing for regional airlines) since graduating from law school in 1981. I am admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and am a member of the Bar in both New York and Georgia.
Prior to attending law school, I earned a graduate degree in anthropology and served on active duty in the Army (Infantry Branch) in Asia and Europe. I had a wonderful time in the military and remained in the Army Reserve until retiring in 1998. I attended law school and business school after fulfilling my active duty obligation and graduated with JD and MBA degrees (as well as with a fondness for a particular young lady who eventually agreed to become my wife). After retiring from the active practice of law after 36 years, I rewarded myself by pursuing an LLM in Air and Space Law at the Institute of Air & Space Law at McGill University in Montreal.
I learned to fly while I was in law school and have pursued the joys of general aviation ever since. I am particularly delighted to be involved with the ERAU community where aviation related matters form a central focus.
BA (Sociology), Washington & Lee University 1971
MA (Anthropology), Duke University 1974
JD/MBA, Vanderbilt University 1981
LLM in Air and Space Law, Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University (Montreal, Canada) 2020
ASEL Commercial/Instrument, CFI, CFI-I (3,600 hours)
Remote Pilot Certificate with Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Rating
- LL.M. - Master of Laws in Air and Space Law, McGill University
- J.D. - Juris Doctor (Doctor of Jurisprudence) in Law, Vanderbilt University
- M.B.A. - Master of Business Administration, Vanderbilt University
- M.A. - Master of Arts in Anthropology, Duke University
- Graduate Certificate in Air and Space Law, McGill University
- B.A. - Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Washington and Lee University
- ASCI 404: Applications in Avia&Aero Law
ASCI 404 -- Applications in Aviation/Aerospace Law
ASCI 254 -- Aviation Legislation
MGMT 390 -- Business Law
1. “The Time Has Come, the Walrus Said, to Talk of Many Things: Wheelchair Securement Spaces on Commercial Airlines”, Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, Volume 10, Number 3 (2021) (hosted by the University of Waterloo).
2. “Laying Waste to the Sky: The Problem of Orbital Debris”, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Aeronautics Newsletter, Volume 5, No. 1, March 2021.
3. “Say Again Please: Use of Bilingual Air Traffic Control for International Operations in Quebec” (2020) 1 Annals of Air and Space Law (Annales de Droit Aérien et Spatial) Vol. XLV (McGill University, Montréal, Quebec, Canada).
4. “P A c Air Canada,  QCCS 606:A Case Comment”, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Aeronautics Newsletter, Volume 4, No. 1, March 2020.
5. “One Hand Clapping: Social Abuses and Anticompetitive Practices in EU Airline Employment”, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Aeronautics Newsletter, Volume 3, No. 4, December 2019.
6. “Is the Low-Cost Carrier Model a Good Fit for Long-Haul Flights?”, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Aeronautics Newsletter, Volume 3, No. 3, July 2019.
7. “IATA’s Attempt to Address Gender Inequality”, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Aeronautics Newsletter, Volume 3, No. 2, March 2019.
8. “A Rose by Any Other Name: Airport Names and Criminal Connections”, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Aeronautics Newsletter, Volume 3, No. 1, Winter 2018.
9. “Essential Air Service: Just More Pork Barrel Politics?”, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Aeronautics Newsletter, Volume 2, No. 3, March 2018
10. “Time to Reconsider the Nationality Rule in the United States”, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Aeronautics Newsletter, Volume 2, No. 2, February 2018
11. Contributor to the chapter on “Derivatives and Bankruptcy” in Derivatives: Legal Practice and Strategies, R. Aicher, Editor (2009)
12. Case Comment, “Extradition - Double Jeopardy Provision of Extradition Treaty Applies Even Where Crime Committed Before Ratification”, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 4 (1978), cited as authority in International Extradition: United States Law and Practice, M. C. Bassiouni (2014)
Sidley Austin LLP (formerly Brown & Wood LLP); specializing in structured lending, asset securitization and leveraged finance (including aircraft financing for regional airlines); representation of broker-dealers in derivatives-related transactions as well as other financial transactions and trading arrangements; extensive experience representing lenders and borrowers in warehouse and gestation repurchase transactions and securities lending arrangements for a variety of types of assets, including single-family mortgage loans, commercial mortgage loans, auto loans and securities backed by these and other types of cash flow assets; developed programs for the financing of certain cash-flow assets including servicing fee income, excess servicing interests and rights to reimbursement for servicing advances; representation of underwriters and issuers in publicly registered and privately placed mortgage and asset backed securities transactions.
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.). Overseas service in Korea and Italy (1974-1977). Attached to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York (1986-1998).
Memberships and Credentials
Admitted to practice in the following jurisdictions:
U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
U.S. District Court, S.D. of New York, 1982
U.S. District Court, N.D. of Georgia, 1981
State of New York, 1982
State of Georgia, 1981
Instrument Rated Commercial Pilot
Certificated Flight Instructor
Certificated Instrument Instructor
Certificated Advanced Ground Instructor
Certificated Instrument Ground Instructor
Awards, Honors and Recognitions
Named in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
Named in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Structured Finance Lawyers
Managing Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (1979-80)
Staff Award, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (1980)
Designated by the Department of the Army as a Distinguished Military Student and a Distinguished Military Graduate (1971)
Four-Year ROTC Scholarship, Washington & Lee University