Attorneys

Home/Attorneys
Attorneys 2017-06-28T13:31:09+00:00

Our Attorneys

Sue is a transactional aviation business attorney licensed in Colorado and Texas. Her practice focuses on providing complete solutions which meet clients’ business as well as aviation objectives. Sue’s services concentrate on designing and structuring business aviation related agreements, businesses, ownership and operational entities to minimize taxes and liability while meeting FAA and DOT compliance. See full Bio
Ty is an aviation business attorney who specializes in aircraft purchase agreements, aircraft service agreements, aircraft dry leases, aircraft ownership structuring, and aircraft sales/use tax planning.  His client base includes aircraft owners, Part 135 air carriers, Part 91 aircraft management companies, and Part 91 corporate flight departments.  See full Bio
Chris is an business attorney who specializes in business aviation litigation and transactions.  With more than a decade of experience, Chris provides diligent, creative and effective representation to client in business disputes and litigation and aviation transactions.  Chris has substantial experience as outside general counsel for businesses, especially within the aviation industry.   Chris’ experience ranges from aviation, commercial contract, financial, construction and real estate litigation, to corporate governance and insurance.  See full Bio

SUE CARRIERE

Sue Carriere
scarriere@carrierelittle.com     720-961-5385

Sue is a transactional aviation business attorney licensed in Colorado and Texas. Her practice focuses on providing complete solutions which meet clients’ business as well as aviation objectives. Sue’s services concentrate on designing and structuring business aviation related agreements, businesses, ownership and operational entities to minimize taxes and liability while meeting FAA and DOT compliance.

Sue advises clients in the areas of tax planning for aircraft transactions and use, domestic and international regulatory matters, organizational structuring, aircraft trusts, operations for “compensation or hire”, fractional interests, consulting to permit personal use, interchange agreements and time-sharing arrangements in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulation 91.501. She is experienced in drafting and negotiating all business aviation related agreements, e.g., purchase and sale, management, maintenance, charter and lease agreements, as well as preparing all documentation related to aircraft title, liens, security interests, and registration.

Sue’s clients range from company flight departments, family offices, individual business jet owners, and aviation government contractors, to management companies and aircraft brokers.

Memberships

Colorado Aviation Business Association
National Business Aviation Association
National Aircraft Finance Association
Texas Bar Association

Education

University of Colorado Law School, J.D.
University of Colorado at Boulder, M.A., Political Science
Santa Clara University, B.S., Political Science
Santa Clara University, B.A., French
Back to top

TY LITTLE

Ty Little
tlittle@carrierelittle.com     720-961-5384

Ty is a aviation business attorney who specializes in aircraft purchase agreements, aircraft service agreements, aircraft dry leases, aircraft ownership structuring, and aircraft sales/use tax planning.  His client base includes aircraft owners, Part 135 air carriers, Part 91 aircraft management companies, and Part 91 corporate flight departments.

Built on a foundation of service, Ty’s practice focuses on the needs of aircraft owners and aircraft operators. Whether it’s mitigating an aircraft purchaser’s risk of acquisition by drafting a concise aircraft purchase agreement, vetting an aircraft fractional program agreement, protecting an aircraft owner’s personal information, or ensuring value is received in an aircraft lease and service agreement, Ty serves those people that put aviation to work for them each day.

Aviation is a passion for Ty. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot license and has logged over 4000 hours of flight time in the international system. He brings a wealth of “hands on” experience and understanding to create practical solutions to aircraft owners and operators. He is part owner of a Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB) certified Part 135 air carrier and sits on the board of the Colorado Aviation Business Association.

Ty is a graduate of the U.S Air Force Academy and is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Wyoming Air National Guard. He is rated in the Beech 1900, Boeing C-17A, Lockheed C-130H, and Airbus A320. His experience includes serving as an officer and evaluator pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1995 – 2005 and as a First Officer for Frontier Airlines from 2007 – 2010. Ty is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) where he logged 300+ hours of combat flight time.

Memberships

Colorado Aviation Business Association
National Business Aviation Association
National Aircraft Finance Association

Education

Sturm College of Law – University of Denver, J.D.
United States Air Force Academy, B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Back to top

CHRISTOPHER LEACH

Chris Leach

cleach@carrierelittle.com     720-504-0155

Chris is a business attorney who specializes in business aviation litigation and transactions.  With more than a decade of experience, Chris provides diligent, creative and effective representation to client in business disputes and litigation and aviation transactions.  Chris has substantial experience as outside general counsel for businesses, especially within the aviation industry.   Chris’ experience ranges from aviation, commercial contract, financial, construction and real estate litigation, to corporate governance and insurance.

A commercially licensed pilot with substantial experience within the aviation industry, Chris handles a wide range of aviation legal matters including guiding clients through aircraft acquisitions, regulatory issues, aircraft ownership structure, leasing, certificate defense, investigations, aircraft accident cases and aviation business disputes.

Chris’ experience extends to clients within diverse industries, including financial services, petroleum, construction and technology.   Chris knows that to provide the very best representation, it is essential to understand how his clients operate their businesses. Chris is particularly adept at quickly learning technical aspects of his clients businesses.

Chris offers skillful counsel that extends to jury trial, arbitrations, administrative proceedings and appeals, as well negotiating and drafting complex agreements and advising his clients on corporate governance issues.  With significant trial experience, Chris understands the value of protecting his clients’ interests through aggressive representation, but also offers his clients creative solutions to realize their goals outside of litigation.

Before joining Carriere & Little, Chris was a partner at a large Denver law firm, where he spent nine years of his career.  Chris has been listed as a Colorado Super Lawyer “Rising Star” since 2011, and has an AV peer review rating from the Martindale Hubbell legal directory.

Chris has a demonstrated passion for aviation.  He holds a commercial multi-engine, instrument rating and spends time out of the office as a competitive aerobatic pilot.  Chris’ flight experience ranges from high performance bi-planes to turbine business aircraft.  Chris serves on the Colorado Aviation Business Association’s Board of Trustees and volunteers for other non-profit organizations to help create educational opportunities for students pursuing careers in aviation.

Memberships

American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Aviation Business Association
Colorado Aviation Business Association, Board of Trustees National Business
Denver Bar Association
Lawyer Pilot Bar Association
National Business Aviation Association
National Aircraft Finance Association

Education

Sturm College of Law – University of Denver, J.D.
Michigan State University, B.A.
Editor-in-chief, Transportation Law Journal
Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV® Preeminent™ (highest)
Colorado Super Lawyers
Rising Star 2011 – 2013

Admitted

Colorado U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circut

Back to top