Laura Safran, QC, is a partner in Davis LLP's Calgary office and the head of the firm's national Aviation Law Practice Group.
Laura held the position of vice president, law, and corporate secretary of Canadian Airlines International. Since returning to private practice, she represented various 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, safety issues, aviation claims work, aviation employment issues, airline operational matters, fractional ownership issues, Canadian aviation regulatory issues (including licensing and certification) and international air law issues.
Laura completed the update to the Canadian Encyclopedia Digest (4th ed.) on Aviation (Carswell), the first update since 1998, and also provided Canadian updates to Getting the Deal Through - Air Transport for a number or years. She speaks on aviation law issues, most recently at the International Air & Space Law Symposium held in Beijing by the China University of Political Science & Law.
Laura is consistently recognized by noteworthy legal directories including The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers in Canada and Who's Who Legal. She has been named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women (2004) in the Globe & Mail, as well as one of the Leading Women Lawyers in Canada (2009) by Lexpert.