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“I have worked with Dave Agee for a number of years. He is a remarkable aviation and corporate finance lawyer. I would trust (and have trusted him) with any size corporate transaction. We are fortunate to have partnered with him and his talented team.”

Kate Hayashi, Associate General Counsel – Corporate, American Airlines, Inc.

Overview

A significant portion of David’s practice involves working closely with clients in the role as general counsel, providing day-to-day advice and legal counsel.

As a trusted advisor, he partners with clients to cost-effectively deliver comprehensive solutions to achieve their business objectives.

A significant portion of David’s practice includes clients in the commercial airline and business aviation industry. He has served as special counsel for domestic and international commercial airlines in connection with numerous aircraft acquisition, disposition and financing transactions, airport-related issues and transactions, sales and property taxation issues, and subsidiary dispositions and acquisitions, giving him a unique industry perspective.

David also has served in a similar role to major maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities in both the commercial and business aviation sectors and has significant experience in the VIP aircraft completion sector. He has represented both U.S. and foreign business aviation clients (high net-worth individuals, flight departments, charter operators, fixed-base operators and major maintenance facilities) in connection with large business aircraft acquisitions, financings, leasing, management, charter leasing and maintenance, repair, modifications and completions.

As co-chair of Husch Blackwell’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) team, David’s industry experience has included various regulatory matters, including seeking certificates of authority from the DOT. David’s significant work within the firm's Aviation team has provided him with a unique perspective on issues facing the evolving UAS industry and he is actively following the regulatory and associated issues involving UAS, including the pending actions before, and anticipated regulatory action by, the FAA and other foreign jurisdictions.

In addition to advising clients in the aviation industry, David’s practice includes representation of a variety of local and national companies in regard to mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, business planning and strategies, real estate, financings and international transactions, including those in the automotive, manufacturing, hospitality and technology industries. He regularly serves as outside general counsel to local and national companies, which has positioned him to manage unique and complex projects requiring multiple disciplines and distinctive solutions. David also routinely represents entrepreneurs and startup companies in developing, organizing and financing their entities and concepts.

“I have worked with Dave Agee for a number of years. He is a remarkable aviation and corporate finance lawyer. I would trust (and have trusted him) with any size corporate transaction. We are fortunate to have partnered with him and his talented team.”

Kate Hayashi, Associate General Counsel – Corporate, American Airlines, Inc.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • Biz417, Biz 100, Law, 2016-2017
  • The Best Lawyers In America©, Corporate Law, 2007-2021; Corporate Governance Law, 2016-2021; Equipment Finance Law, 2016-2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Aviation, 2005, 2008-2016
  • Springfield Business Journal, "Men of the Year," Inaugural Class, 2011, Trusted Advisers Legacy Adviser, 2014

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
    • cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.S., Missouri State University
    • Finance
    • cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association, Air Finance Subcommittee; Forum on Air and Space Law
  • International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT)
  • The Missouri Bar
  • National Business Aviation Association
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • TerraLex, Aviation Industry Sector, Co-chair, 2018-present
  • UMB Bank, Springfield Region, Advisory Board, 2018-present
  • World Services Group, Aviation Group, group leader, 2012
Experience

Aviation Industry

  • Represented long-term client in negotiation of purchase agreement for 50 new Airbus longest-range version of its A321 aircraft, the A321 XLR.
  • Advised American Airlines on complex transaction involving acquisition of 47 Boeing 787 aircraft and associated engines, and comprehensive long-term engine maintenance agreement.
  • Lead counsel for airline in connection with firm order of 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, plus options, and restructuring of existing purchase and other agreements regarding Boeing 787, 737NG and 777 aircraft and associated engines.
  • Co-counsel for commercial airline in connection with large aircraft order (935 firm and option aircraft), including classic and new engine aircraft.
  • Lead counsel for airline in connection with cross-border sale-leaseback of multiple aircraft with aggregate transaction value of approximately $200 million.
  • Persuaded Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to reduce proposed civil penalty by 79 percent.
  • Counsel for international charter and aircraft management company in regard to regulatory, operational and commercial transaction issues, including special projects, charter agreements and aircraft management agreements.
  • Represented commercial airline in connection with multiple used aircraft dispositions, including transactions involving buyers located in Australia, Nepal, Mongolia and Russia.
  • Lead counsel for airline in connection with firm order and financing transaction for 150 commercial aircraft, plus options for an additional 150 aircraft.
  • Counsel for charter company in connection with acquiring DOT issuance of a Certificate for Public Convenience and Necessity authorizing domestic and international charter operations of an Airbus A319 VIP aircraft.
  • Provided outside general counsel services for a major business aviation maintenance and overhaul facility and completion center, including negotiation of completion agreements for large VIP aircraft.
  • Co-counsel in connection with merger of two commercial airlines.
  • Served as special counsel in providing lex situs opinions for foreign lenders in connection with U.S. deliveries of new and used aircraft.
  • Served as outside general counsel for major maintenance, repair and overhaul facility for large aircraft engines.
  • Lead counsel for commercial airline in connection with engine selection campaigns for Boeing and Airbus aircraft, and associated long-term engine maintenance agreements (power by the hour [PBH]).
  • Served as counsel in connection with numerous new and used aircraft acquisition, sales, financing and leasing transactions for U.S. and foreign airlines and business aviation clients, including those based in Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
  • Negotiated purchase agreements for one of the largest buyers of Embraer Phenom aircraft, valued at $75+ million.

General Corporate Matters

  • Counsel in connection with merger and acquisition transactions involving privately and publicly held companies, manufacturing facilities, aviation, lodging and healthcare-related organizations with consolidated enterprise values generally ranging from $10 million to $250 million.
  • Represented real estate development company in connection with divestiture, reorganization and refinancing of multiple residential and commercial developments.
  • Counsel in connection with divestiture and reorganization of multiple automotive dealerships.
  • Counsel for controlling shareholder in restructuring/going private transaction involving publicly held hotel and management company with enterprise value of approximately $900 million.
  • Counsel for agribusiness in converting to an employee stock ownership plan with an enterprise value in excess of $50 million.
News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | June 21, 2019
Husch Blackwell Represents American Airlines in 50-Plane Purchase Agreement with Airbus

The transaction provides for converting 30 firmly ordered A321neo aircraft to the purchase of 30 A321 XLR aircraft, plus a commitment to purchase 20 additional A321 XLR aircraft.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | April 09, 2018
Husch Blackwell Represents American Airlines in Massive Boeing Order

Husch Blackwell represented American Airlines in a transaction at the center of American’s strategy to revamp and simplify its existing fleet of long-haul aircraft.

Community Leadership
  • Agricultural & Mechanical Society, Inc. d/b/a Ozark Empire Fair, president, 2008; Board of Directors, 2002-present
  • American Red Cross, Greater Ozarks Chapter, chair, “Red”iness Capital Campaign, 2008
  • City of Springfield, City Manager Search Committee, 2008
  • City of Springfield, Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board, 2005-2015
  • Greater Ozarks Professional Baseball Association, Board of Directors, 1989-1997
  • Greater Ozarks Sertoma Club, 1999-2002
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri, vice president, 2006-2007; Board of Directors, 2005-2007; Program Center Board, 2007-2008
  • Partnership Industrial Center Administrative Council, 2002-2003
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities, chair, 2008; Board of Directors, 2005-2011 
  • Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, chair, 2002; Board of Directors, 1998-2003; Past Chair’s Advisory Council, chair, 2004; Local Issues Task Force, 2009-present; International Business Council, chair, 2010-2012
  • Springfield Business & Development Corporation, Board of Directors, 2002-2006
  • Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Board of Directors, 2001
  • Springfield Good Community Committee, 2001
  • Springfield-Southeast Rotary Club, 1993-present
  • Springfieldian Selection Committee, 2002-2004, 2006, 2015
  • Springfield’s Best Foundation, Board of Directors, 2001-2002
  • Springfield’s Best “Locally Owned Companies,” Board of Directors, 1997-2000
  • Tim O’Brien Memorial Foundation Inc., Board of Directors, 1999-2000

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