Former Chief Counsel
Federal Aviation Administration
Reggie Govan is former Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA). The Office of the Chief Counsel provides legal advice in support of the FAA Administrator and all aspects of agency operations at headquarters, regions, and centers and works closely with the Department of Transportation’s Office of General Counsel on issues of national significance to the aviation industry.
Mr. Govan previously served as a corporate counsel, litigator, and legislative counsel. Prior to joining the FAA, he served as Managing Associate General Counsel of Freddie Mac. He also served as Counsel to Chairmen Augustus H. Hawkins and William D. Ford of the United States (U.S.) House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, and as Counsel to the then-Chairman (now Vice President) Joseph R. Biden of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. His litigation experience includes service as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan and as plaintiffs’ counsel in federal civil rights litigation, including school desegregation and voting rights cases.
After acquiring a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Philosophy from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he clerked for the Honorable Nathaniel Jones of U.S. Court of Appeals for Sixth Circuit.
Mr. Govan is the author of several professional journal and law review articles. He lives in the District of Columbia.