Timothy Ravich

Assistant Professor

Legal Studies


Timothy M. Ravich, Assistant Professor, is an internationally recognized authority in aviation law and  one of only thirty-seven lawyers in the State of Florida who is a Board Certified Specialist in Aviation Law.  His scholarship focuses on administrative law, civil litigation, and national security law through the lens of civil, commercial, and military aviation.

In addition to publishing a course book, Aviation Law after September 11th (Vandeplas 2010) and a forthcoming treatise on “Drone Law” (American Bar Association), Professor Ravich has written extensively in connection with aviation issues, including airline deregulation and passenger rights, aviation security and terrorism, and unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAVs” or “drones”). He is the author of the LexisNexis Expert Aviation Series and has contributed to Thomson Reuters/Aspatore Special Reports.

Professor Ravich has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals including the American Bar Association Section of Litigation–Mass Torts, Southern Methodist University’s  Journal of Air Law and Commerce , Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law North Dakota Law Review Florida Bar  Journal , University of Miami Law Review , Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, and the  Daily Business Review

Professor Ravich’s scholarship is widely cited and has appeared in the Columbia Journal of Law and Social ProblemsWilliam and Mary Business Law Review, American Business Law Journal, Washington University Journal of Law and PolicyRichmond Journal of Law and Technology, Chicago-Kent Law ReviewPepperdine Law ReviewSyracuse Journal of Science and Technology LawIndiana Law JournalBoston University Journal of Science and Technology LawOhio State Law JournalGeorgetown Journal of International Law, and U.C. Davis Journal of International Law and Policy.

National and international media and news reports regularly feature and consult with Professor Ravich in television and radio programming, podcasts, and articles featuring aviation and aerospace issues, including Bloomberg News, NBC Universal, MSNTravel, FOX, China Central TelevisionHuffington Post, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, Tom Woods Show, The Atlantic, Daily Business Review, NTV (Russia), Asia Times, and Scientific American.  He blogs at droninglawyer.com and is followed on Twitter @ravichaviation.

Prior to joining the University of Central Florida, Professor Ravich practiced as a commercial trial lawyer with McDermott, Will & Emery and Hunton & Williams LLP. He also served as President and CEO of the Dade County Bar Association, the largest voluntary bar association in the State of Florida.  He has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating, based on legal ability and general ethical standars. In addition, Professor Ravich was named as  a “Leading Lawyer” by the South Florida Legal Guide and consistently selected by his colleagues as a Florida “Super Lawyer.”


Research Interests

Administrative Law, National Security, Aviation (Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), Law and Technology



SSRN: http://ssrn.com/author=2095716


Drone Law (American Bar Association forthcoming)

Florida Consumer Law (ALM forthcoming)

Fundamentals of Florida Aviation and Space Law (forthcoming)

Aviation Law after September 11th (Vandeplas 2010) [908 page textbook], reviewed at  http://commons.erau.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1329&context=jaaer 


Grounded in the Law in  Unmanned Aircraft in the National Airspace: Critical Issues, Technology, and the Law ((American Bar Association 2015) (book chapter)

Courts in the Drone Age , 42 N. Ky. L. Rev. 161 (forthcoming 2015) (lead article)

Open Skies, __ FIU L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2015)

Commercial Drones and the Phantom Menace, 5 J. Int’l Media & Ent. Law. 175 (2015) (lead article)

Assessing “Drones for Good”-Public UASs in the Middle East, InternationalAviation Management Conference , Emirates Aviation University (2014)

National Airline Policy, 23 U. Miami Bus. L. Rev. 1 (2014) (lead article)

Should Bad Airline Service Be Illegal? in Handbook of Airline Economics: A Global Approach (2012)

Airline Safety versus Personal Privacy: Airport Profiling in a Post-9/11 Worldin Aspatore Special Report: Navigating the Legal Impact of Airport Security Measures 25 (Thomson Reuters 2011)

The Sunshine State, in Space,Florida Bar Journal (Sept./Oct. 2010)

The Integration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles into the National Airspace, 85 N. D. L. Rev. 597 (2009) (lead article, symposium issue)

Is Airline Passenger Profiling Necessary?, 62 U. Miami L. Rev. 1 (2007) (lead article)

Consulting legal editor, LexisNexis Practice Guide: Florida Civil Procedure (2006)

Consulting legal editor, LexisNexis Practice Guide: Florida Contracts (2006)

Airline Passenger Profiling Systems after 9/11: Personal Privacy versus National Security, 44 J. Transp. Res. F. 127 (2005)

Deregulation of the Airline Computer Reservation Systems (CRS) Industry, 69 J. Air Law & Com. 387 (2004)

Re-Regulation and Airline Passengers’ Rights, 67 J. Air Law & Com. 935 (2002)

Resolving the Tension Between Scientific Exchange and the Promotion of Drugs, 4 J. Health Care Compliance 12 (2002) (co-authored with Suzanne K. Sterling)

Consulting Editor, Laws and Ethics for Florida Dental Professionals, Health Stud. Inst. (2002)

Consulting Editor, Florida Acupuncture Law, Health Stud. Inst. (2002)

The U.S. Airline Industry after September 11, 2001, 8 Int’l Travel L.J. 254 (2001) (joint publication of the Travel Law Centre, University of Northumbria at Newcastle upon Tyne, England and Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA)

Flight or Fight: The Passengers’ Bill of Rights, 8 Int’l Travel L.J. 102 (2001)


Ongoing Writing-BLOGS

http://www.droninglawyer.com and http://www.ravichaviation.blogspot.com

Discussing legal and practical issues related to unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAVs”), i.e., drones, and current and popular legal news about general and commercial aviation.

Florida Aviation and Space Law Report, at http://www.ravichlawfirm.com/resources.html


Expert Aviation Series- LexisNexis® Expert Commentary

Claims against the U.S. under the Federal Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2671 et seq. (2008)

Antitrust Issues and Predation in the Airline Industry (2008)

Airline Liability Arising under the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air (the “Montreal Convention”) (2008)

Choice-of-Law Issues in Aviation Cases (2008)

Airline “Code-Sharing” Lawsuits (2008)

The Forum Non Conveniens Doctrine: Aviation Accident Litigation (2008)

Death on the High Seas Act (“DOHSA”), 46 U.S.C. § 30301 et seq. (2008)

New York’s Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights: Air Transport Ass’n of America v. Cuomo (2008)

The Railway Labor Act, 45 U.S.C. § 151 et seq. (2008)

Air Carrier Access Act, 49 U.S.C. § 41705 et seq. (2008)

Racial Discrimination in Airline Transportation: Cerqueira v. American Airlines (2008)

Airline “Bumping” Claims (2008)

Mandatory Airline Pilot Retirement: A Solution in Search of a Problem? (2008)

The General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994, 49 U.S.C. § 40101 Note (“GARA”) (2008)

Medical Certification for Pilots (2008)

Defense and Appeal of FAA Certificate Actions (2008)

FAA Airmen Certificate and Civil Penalty Actions (2008)

Admiralty Jurisdiction in Aviation Accident Litigation (2008)



Anti-Drone Law Unlikely to Promote Privacy, Security, Daily Business Review, June 25, 2013, at A8, available at http://ravichaviation.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/dbr-uav-proof1.pdf.

Restoring Hope, 11th Judicial Historical Society, Fall 2010, at 10 (exposing segregated drinking fountains at the Miami-Dade courthouse and restoration efforts taken by the local bar association to apologize for and recognize a blueprint of racism).

A Fresh Start for Mexicana? Aviation Bankruptcy Law, Airliners, December 2010, at 32.

Space Law in the New Millennium, Airliners, March/April 2010, at 46.

Aviation Litigation and Mass Torts: A Crash Course, American Bar Ass’n, Section of Litigation, Mass Torts, Winter 2010, at 3.

President’s Message, The Bulletin (2008-2009) (monthly columns dedicated to issues including judicial funding, rights of women and minority lawyers, and professionalism)

Yo soy Caba! Increasing Diversity in the DCBA, Cuban American Bar Association Briefs, Fall 2008, at 50 (discussing the importance of promoting demographic bar associations without fragmenting legal community’s support of local judiciary).

The Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act, Airliners, March/April 2008, at 69.

Airline Alliances: Code-Sharing, not Blame-Sharing, Airliners, May/June 2007, at 60.

Without Reservations, Daily Business Review (Special Report: Antitrust Issue) (2004).



Unmanned Innovation: The Interface of Aviation and Information Technology, The Many Faces of Innovation, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv University (January 2016)

Constitution in the Drone Age, Sixth Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (November 2015)

Amazon to Australia: UAV Global Showcase at Drones Incoming! Are you Ready for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)?, American Bar Association Showcase Program, Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois (2015), http://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2015/08/drone_regulationsde.html

Fox35 Investigates: Florida Drone Law (Orlando 2015), http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/29684122/drone-law-ineffective

International Drone Regulations: Emerging Laws, Policies and Best Practices, American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology Law (Webinar) (2015)

Drone Legal Issues and Neighbors Complain of Drones Flying over Winter Park Back Yards, WKMG (Orlando 2015), http://www.clickorlando.com/news/neighbors-complain-of-drones-flying-over-winter-park-back-yards/32820188 and http://www.clickorlando.com/news/web-extra-drone-legal-issues/32821702

One Nation, Under Drones, American Constitution Society First Constitutional Law Scholars Forum, Barry University School of Law, Orlando, Florida (2015),http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/files/flyer-2.pdf

Courts in the Drone Age, Law + Informatics Symposium on Digital Evidence, Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky, (2015), http://chaselaw.nku.edu/centers/lawinformatics/symposium/2015-symposium.html

Chair, Aviation and Space Law Symposium, Florida International University Law Review, Miami, Florida (2015),  https://law.fiu.edu/fiu-law-review-symposium-watch-it-live-february-20-830-a-m/

What You’re Actually Buying When You Buy a Plane Ticket, Huffington Post (2015), http://www.msn.com/en-my/travel/article/what-youre-actually-buying-when-you-buy-a-plane-ticket/ar-AA7WpzH

Does it Pay to Hack Your Airfare, HUFFPost Live (Webcast) (2015), http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/54ac914802a7603a49000342

Assessing “Drones for Good”-Public UASs in the Middle East, InternationalAviation Management Conference, Emirates Aviation University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2014)

Civil RICO Action Over Spirit Fees Ready to Take Off, Daily Business Review (2014), available at http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/id=1202672444302/Civil-RICO-Action-Over-Spirit-Fees-Ready-to-Take-Off

Featured Guest, Drones: The Good Kind, Podcast, The Tom Woods Show (2014), available at http://www.schiffradio.com/pg/jsp/verticals/archive.jsp?dispid=310&pid=65711

What Happens When a Drone Crashes?, FastCompany (2014), available at http://www.fastcompany.com/3028781/what-happens-when-a-drone-crashes

Speaker, Rolling the Dice: Compliance or Consequence for the Drone Industry, Nevada Unmanned Systems Business Exposition, Las Vegas, Nevada (2014), available at http://www.unmannedsystemsbizexpo.com/home.html

Panelist, Using Drones in the News and Entertainment Industries: Legal and Regulatory Issues, The Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute of Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California (2014), http://www.swlaw.edu/pdfs/institute/drone_brochure.pdf

Program Chair, Women Lawyers of the 11th Judicial Circuit: A Historical Perspective, Eleventh Judicial Historical Society, Miami, Florida (2013)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Podcast, George Mason University Mercatus Center (2013), available at http://surprisinglyfree.com/2013/05/14/timothy-ravich/

If I fly Over My Neighbor’s House, Is It Trespassing?, The Atlantic (2012), available at http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/10/if-i-fly-a-uav-over-my-neighbors-house-is-it-trespassing/263431/#

What Happens When a Drone Crashes,FastCompany (2014) (quoted in http://www.fastcompany.com/3028781/what-happens-when-a-drone-crashes)

Space Commerce, China Central Television (2012)

Inaugural Speaker, Aviation and Space Law: An Introduction, Florida State University College of Law, Aviation and Space Law Society, Tallahassee, Florida (2012)

Program Chair, The Montreal Convention: To Infinity, er, 100,000 SDRs and Beyond, Florida Bar Aviation Law Certification Exam Review Course, Orlando, FL (2010)

Cancellations and Passenger Rights, NBC Universal (2010)

TSA Worker Arrested, NBC Universal (2010)

Chairman, Open Skies for VLJs in Latin American and the Caribbean, MIU Aviation Conference, Miami, FL (2008)

President and Chair, Dade County Bar Association Monthly Luncheons (2008-2009) (featuring speakers such as Justice Peggy A. Quince (first African-American woman Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida) and Carolyn B. Lamm, President of the American Bar Association)

Flight Rights, NBC Universal (2008)

Airline Passengers’ Rights, Miami-Dade Consumer Sense, Cable-TAP television (2007)

China Blocks Takeoff of New Airlines, Asia Times (2007) (quoted in http://atimes.com/atimes/China_Business/IH31Cb01.html)

Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights: Is It Time to Re-Regulate the Airline Industry with New Customer Protections?, National Public Radio, “The Conversation” KUOW, Seattle, WA (2007)

Moderator, Passenger Rights-Government vs. Industry, Asociación Latinoamericana de Transporte Aéreo, ALTA Aviation Law Americas Conference for Legal and Finance Issues Facing the Aviation Industry, Miami, FL (2007)

Speaker, From Sputnik to Space Florida, Florida Bar, Orlando, FL (2007)

Speaker, Why Airline Passenger Profiling is Necessary, Florida Bar, Tampa, FL (2006)

Panel Chair, Surveillance Society: National Security vs. Personal Privacy, 46th Transportation Research Forum, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (2005) (panelists: ACLU, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Heritage Foundation, and TSA)

Speaker, The U.S. Airline Industry: Regulatory Impulses and Passengers’ Rights, Policy Law and Management Conference, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom (2002)

Research Interests

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Aviation
  • Travel Rights
  • National Security
  • Law and Technology
  • PLA4022: Aviation Law
  • PLA3205: Civil Practice and Procedure
  • PLA4436: Florida Partnerships and Corporations
Florida Consumer Law

By Timothy M. Ravich, assistant professor of legal studies

Published in: May 2016
Aviation Law After September 11th, 2nd Edition

By Timothy Ravich, J.D., assistant professor of legal studies

Published in: January 2016

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