Rachel Trinder is the President and CEO of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Trinder Aviation & Aerospace Advocacy, PLLC.

Rachel’s experience in aviation and aerospace legal and government affairs is broad and deep, and spans four decades. Rachel serves as lead counsel to major entities worldwide that need advice in these areas, addressing matters as diverse as airport and air carrier regulatory compliance, air services international bilateral agreements, contracting, and Homeland Security facilitation matters.


Rachel is active in the Washington aviation and legal community.

Throughout her several decades of practicing law, Rachel has been actively involved in many of the Washington, D.C. and international groups that are at the heart of the aviation and aerospace community, including airport and aviation trade associations, Bar associations, and various industry groups.


Rachel has four decades of in-depth, hands-on experience in a broad range of aviation and aerospace legal matters. Examples of her work include:

For a major U.S. airport, successfully managing and concluding a large-scale Federal audit of expenditures for compliance with FAA airport revenue requirements and other U.S. laws.


“Financing a Communications Satellite Venture: Assessing Regulatory Risk is Key,” Satellite Finance, June 11, 1998 (with Pamela L. Meredith).

“The International Airports of the Hong Kong, Macao, Shenzen Triangle: Can They All Succeed? Annals of Air and Space Law, vol. XXI, Part I (1996).

“International Leasing of Aircraft: A Basic Introduction to the Operating Lease” in The Use of Air and Outer Space Cooperation and Competition, Kluwer (1998).


Rachel is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  She is a speaker and author on a variety of aviation, space and business topics.  Among her awards are the Federal Bar Association Distinguished Service award, an English Speaking Union Fellowship, and the Harmsworth Award from the Inns of Court, London.