Laura M Safran QC, is a senior partner in DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s Calgary office and the head of DLA Piper’s Canadian aviation practice. She is also a part-time member of the federal Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada and taught aviation law as a sessional lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Calgary.

Laura held the position of vice president, law and corporate secretary of the former Canadian Airlines International for a number of years, culminating a distinguished legal career with the airline industry. Since returning to private practice a number of years ago, she has represented a wide variety of aviation industry clients, including fixed-wing and helicopter carriers, aircraft leasing companies, charterers, international aviation associations, foreign carriers, aviation underwriters, manufacturers, aircraft maintenance and repair facilities, aviation employee associations and aircraft financiers in a variety of aviation law matters, including aircraft purchases, sales, leases and financings, airport-related issues, aviation safety issues, aviation employment issues, airline operational matters, fractional ownership issues, Canadian aviation regulatory issues (including licensing and certification) and international air law issues, and has been a member of the board of directors of a major Canadian international airport for a number of years.