David G. Mayer


Expertise and Experience
Clients come first. It is just that simple. I enjoy helping each client identify opportunities, solve problems and achieve their desired results. It is gratifying to act as my client’s trusted advisor and advocate. I seek to understand my client’s business, needs and goals; to build a strong relationship with each client; to serve with integrity; and to add value.

I aim to deliver the highest quality legal services, at a reasonable cost, applying all my experience, skills and knowledge developed over more than 30 years in practice as a corporate and law firm lawyer in private and commercial aviation, equipment – aircraft leasing and finance, business transactions, asset-based lending and litigation. My wide industry knowledge adds unique depth, practicality and insight for clients.

My work is U.S. (domestic) and international, often involving cross-border and in country transactions. It encompasses aircraft leasing, lending and other transactions worldwide, U.S. aviation regulatory (FAR) compliance and structuring (e.g., LLC issues), tax planning, accounting consideration and global risk management. I have deep and long experience representing lessors and lenders (financiers) and continue to do so. But, I primarily represent owners, lessees, borrowers, operators, flight departments, sellers, operating lessors and purchasers.

The blend of finance and aviation experience differentiates me from other lawyers and benefits all parties. Transactions tend to progress more smoothly because I understand financier and customer issues and how to resolve them properly. Knowing many financiers and their counsel facilitates cordial negotiations and the formation of useful relationships.

The aircraft transactions pertain to all types and sizes of aircraft including business or corporate and other general aviation aircraft. For example, I structure, negotiate and document, among others, purchase, sale, joint operating, pilot services, charter, repair, personnel and management agreements, “dry,” “wet” and operating leases, and sale-leasebacks. I also assist on such other situations as aircraft incidents, warranty claims, corporate structuring, litigation and insurance disputes. My work regularly spans from basic to complex matters.

My equipment lending and leasing transactions cover a wide array of equipment and other property. This includes energy, construction (i.e., “yellow iron”), transportation, furniture, fixture, technology and health care assets (and aircraft). It is common to structure and draft a wide variety of leases and loans such as operating, synthetic, financing, secured loans and tax leases. These documents and others are discussed in my award-winning true lease article listed below under “Other Selected Publications; Recent Presentation.” Vendor programs, bundled transactions, syndications as well as sales and purchases of leases, beneficial interests in trusts and lease portfolios also require my attention.

Since the publication of my book, Business Leasing For Dummies, in 2001, I have been an active speaker, writer and editor. This has included private client and conference speaking engagements and publications of more than 160 articles, 91 issues of a newsletter I founded in 2002 called “Business Leasing and Finance News,” and a 122 page ”study” commissioned by the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation (ELFF) on the future of business aviation. On the cover of the book, a high level business executive says it “[t]akes complex concepts and makes them understandable.” Writing has honed my ability to analyze problems and issues and then deliver practical, strategic and useful solutions or explanations in a cost-effective manner. I am often asked how I can work full time and write so much too. It is hard sometimes to devote substantial energy to writing and speaking, particularly when other activities are important to me. However, I like it and can often provide my clients advantages driving to stay “ahead of the curve.”

Member: The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), ELFF, the Dallas Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Practice Areas
Secured Transactions
Equipment Leasing
Corporate Finance

Member: The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), ELFF, the Dallas Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Other Selected Publications; Recent Presentation

• “Don’t Let Marijuana Ground Your Jet,” AvBuyer.com*World Aviation Magazine (May 2014).

• “Marijuana and Other Hot Customer Topics in Business Aviation,” Presentation by David G. Mayer, ASA Seminar, NAFA (April 8, 2014).

• “Business Aircraft Transactions…Five of the Hottest Issues” by David G. Mayer and David T. Norton, Monitor, Xander Media Group (Issue: Nov. – Dec. 2013).

• “Cash is King for Private Jet Buyers * Private Jet Buyers Reluctant to Finance,” by David G. Mayer, Jetset Magazine (April – May 2014).

• “Business Aircraft Gaining Altitude * From Recession to Recovery: Transactions Build Momentum Despite Industry Challenges.” ELFF commissioned me to write this unique, global study with assistance from the NBAA and other experts. Looking forward at the trends and future of business aviation through 2016, the 122 page, 10-month study is built on extensive original surveys that I designed, at least 23 hours of confidential – personal interviews with more than 26 industry leaders, and more than 250 secondary resources.

• “Why Most Private Aircraft Operators Violate the FAA’s Operating Rules * A Persistent Dilemma” by David G. Mayer and David T. Norton, LNJ’s Equipment Leasing Newsletter (November and December 2013). [Subscription may be required for access to full length article.]

• “Business Leasing and Finance News,” an online finance newsletter with subscribers in approximately 33 countries as of 2012, founded by David G. Mayer (published for 10 years by Patton Boggs LLP: Jan. 2002 – July 2012). [Hyperlinked sample is summer 2012.]

• “True Leases Under Attack: Lessors Face Persistent Challenges to True Lease Transactions” by David G. Mayer, Journal on Equipment Lease Financing, Special Issue (Vol. 23 • No. 3, Fall 2005/Part B). Awarded: Article of Year 2005 by the ELFF.

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Law School
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio

Bar Admissions
Texas, 1996
California, 1992
New York, 1978

Court Admissions
US District Court, Eastern and Southern District

Direct Dial: (214) 780-1306
Fax: (214) 780-1401
Cell: (971) 489-7949
Email: dmayer@shackelfordlaw.net