The Taber Law Group, P.C., was founded on the premise that clients should be able to find proven, top-quality outside counsel in a more cost-effective setting. We provide the same high quality aviation, airport development, land use and environmental legal services as larger firms at lower and more flexible rates, with more personal service, and with fewer conflicts of interest.
Although Taber Law Group P.C. is just several years old, Owner & Founder, Steven M. Taber, has practiced environmental, land use, aviation and airport development law for over 25 years, including at a large law firm, at the Federal Aviation Administration, and in the Environmental Enforcement Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s office. With hourly rates at large law firms significantly over the $350 per hour mark, it has become increasingly difficult or impossible for clients to obtain cost-efficient legal representation. At the same time, environmental liability, and risks and liability associated with running an airport have increased exponentially. On July 1, 2010, Steven M. Taber founded Taber Law Group P.C. to provide cost-efficient, top-quality service to environmental, aviation and airport clients.
Steven M. Taber is a Panel Attorney for Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Legal Services Plan.
- On March 22, 2013, Taber Law Group, P.C. submitted for filing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on behalf of its clients, Kenneth D. Paskar and Friends of LaGuardia, Inc., a Petition for Review of the FAA’s decision to close 149 contract Air Traffic Control Towers.
- On January 28, 2013, Pittsfield Charter Township and the Committee for Preserving Community Quality, Inc. filed a Petition with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation pursuant to the Airport and Airway Safety, Capacity, Noise Improvement, and Intermodal Transportation Act of 1992 requesting that the Secretary block federal funding for the extension of the main runway at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport because of the impact that such an extension would have on the surrounding communities. Taber Law Group, P.C., represents Pittsfield Charter Township and the Committee for Preserving Community Quality, Inc. Other Media coverage of the filing:
- OPINION: Ann Arbor airport needs to remain ‘sleepy hollow’ airport it was meant to be. Michael Petraszko, Guest Columnist, AnnArbor.com. February 14, 2013.
- Turbulent ride continues for proposed runway expansion at Ann Arbor airport. Amy Biolchini, AnnArbor.com. February 7, 2013.
- Pittsfield Township, residents ask federal government to block Ann Arbor airport expansion. Amy Biolchini, AnnArbor.com. February 5, 2013.
- Steven M. Taber, founder and principal of Taber Law Group, P.C., gave a talk at the Long Beach Airport Association General Membership Meeting in Long Beach, California, on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. His talk focused on the recently passed Pilot’s Bill of Rights, FAA Certificate actions and what Pilots can do to protect themselves. Click here for a copy of his presentation.
- Steven M. Taber, founder and principal of Taber Law Group, P.C., spoke at the American Association of Airport Executives/Great Lakes Chapter National Aviation Environmental Management Conference in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, October 15, 2012. His speech was entitled ”Wildlife Management – DOT Inspector General’s Report on FAA Wildlife Hazard Management Program.” Click the link for a copy of his presentation.
- Steven M. Taber, founder and principal of Taber Law Group, P.C., participated as a panelist at an informational Town Hall about the Safety and Economic Impact of the North Shore Transfer Station slated for College Point, Queens, New York. The Town Hall was organized by New York Assemblywoman Grace Meng, Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz and N.Y. Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, and was held on Thursday, September 20, 2012,at the Flushing Library Auditorium, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, New York 11354. Media coverage of the event:
- CBS New York, “Critics Blast Proposal That Would Put Garbage Transfer Station Near LaGuardia.”
- NY1, “Residents Criticize Planned LaGuardia Waste Transfer Station.”
- Fox News New York, “Many Oppose Trash Station Near LaGuardia Airport.”
- Queens Chronicle, “Experts Rip Transfer Station Near LGA.“
- Times Ledger, “Panel Trashes Garbage Plant.“
Recent Aviation Blog Posts
- FAA Issues List of Air Traffic Control Towers Slated to Close Because of the Sequester (March 22, 2013).
- FAA Approves Boeing 787 Certification Plan for Battery System (March 12, 2013).
- New DOT Inspector General Report Adds Fuel to the Already Simmering Air Traffic Control Safety Concerns (March 4, 2013).
- U.S. House’s Hearing On FAA Reform Act Turns Into Hearing On Sequester and Closing ATC Towers (February 27, 2013).
- Closing Air Traffic Control Towers As A Result of the Sequester Just the Latest Chapter of Ongoing Dilemma About Little Used Air Traffic Towers (February 25, 2013).
- FAA Is Audited YET AGAIN by DOT Inspector General for Its Progress With NextGen (February 18, 2013).
- ICAO Says It Is Making Progress on New Aircraft CO2 and Noise Standards (February 15, 2013).
- Pittsfield Charter Township and Committee For Preserving Community Quality, Inc. File Petition with Secretary of Transportation Demanding an End to Funding for Runway Extension at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (February 4, 2013).
- FAA And Industry Are Advancing The Airline Safety Act, But Challenges Remain To Achieve Its Full Measure, Says DOT Inspector General (February 4, 2013).
- Court of Justice of the European Union Requires Compensation for Volcano Cancelled Flights (February 1, 2013).
- Department of Transportation Inspector General Initiates Audit of FAA’s Information Security Controls of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast System (January 28, 2013).
- FAA’s DNL Noise Standards Allow Significant Health Risks to Communities Surrounding Airports (January 23, 2013).
- FAA proposes Civil Penalties Against Pinnacle Airlines and Trans States Airlines Totaling $908,000 (January 9, 2013).
- DOT Inspector General to Assess Air Traffic Controller Productivity (January 4, 2013).
- FAA Proposes New Guidance Documents For Wildlife Hazards at Airports (December 18, 2012).
- House Aviation Subcommittee Holds hearing on TSA Regulations (November 30, 2012).
- Aviation Industry Pressure Succeeds: EU to Consider Suspending Airline Emissions Charge (September 14, 2012).
- Bringing NextGen Online Is Moving Slowly Say Department of Transportation Inspector General and GAO at House Subcommittee Hearing (September 13, 2012).
- FAA Issues Policy Regarding Access to Airports from Residential Property – That Is, “Through-The-Fence” Operations (July 31, 2012).
Recent Aviation Newsletters
- Aviation and Airport Development Newsletter for Week of February 10 – February 17, 2013. DOT Inspector General Audits FAA’s NextGen progress again; American- US Airways merger approved by Boards; Boeing’s Dreamliner woes continue; Who will succeed Ray LaHood as DOT Secretary?
- Aviation and Airport Development Newsletter for the Weeks of January 28 – February 9, 2013. Ray LaHood decides to step down as Secretary of Transportation; Drones become a political issue; American Airlines and US Airways near merger; Dreamliner saga drags on.
- Aviation and Airport Development Newsletter for the Week of January 21 – 27, 2013. Top story continues to be the Dreamliner along with American Airlines’ travails.
- Aviation and Airport Development News Newsletter for the week of January 13-20, 2013. Top stories: Boeing’s Dreamliner woes continue; American Airlines’ makeover.
- Aviation and Airport Development News Newsletter for the week of January 6 – 12, 2013. Top stories: Boeing’s new Dreamliner hits some snags and the FAA decides to investigate.
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