Christa advises on a range of corporate matters across the transportation industry, with a particular depth in the aviation sector. She has significant experience in the areas of airline enterprise risk assessment, management and emergency response. Her clients include flight departments of national and international companies, high-net-worth individuals who own or operate personal aircraft, charter operators, transportation management companies, airlines, aviation maintenance technology companies and companies that require transportation regulatory oversight.
Christa's transactional experience involves handling domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, domestic and international regulatory compliance, international treaties, aircraft and engine purchases and sales, aircraft leasing and financing transactions, hangaring contracts, renovation and completion agreements, repair maintenance and overhaul agreements and aircraft management and charter operations.
An experienced enterprise risk management attorney, Christa previously served as managing director of insurance and risk for American Airlines and its affiliates. In this leadership role, she responded to four fatal accidents and the September 11 attacks as part of the airline's “go-team.” Her responsibilities extended to managing the legal and insurance aspects of American Airlines' participation in the Civil Reserve Air Fleet program during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Christa made a mark on the industry while also serving as one of the initial managing directors of the airline’s Customer Assistance Response Effort, which became one of the templates for other commercial airlines’ family assistance programs.
As a result of this experience, Christa counsels her clients on risk assessment and management, emergency response and preparedness, management of complex multidistrict litigation of insured claims, bodily injury and wrongful death mediation and settlement, resolution of first party losses, hull losses and business interruption claims. She has a deep knowledge of aviation hull and liability insurance policies, including “War Risk” losses, and counsels her clients regularly on aviation insurance issues.
Christa also has a depth of experience with respect to workers’ compensation, professional liability, and premises liability insurance on behalf of a variety of businesses as well as those operating within the aviation industry.
Before Fox Rothschild
Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Christa was a member of the Aviation group in a national law firm.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Christa provides pro bono counsel for the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas and is a member of the New York Committee supporting Human Rights Watch.