James D. Tussing

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

James D. Tussing

James D. Tussing


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James D. Tussing is a partner in Norton Rose Fulbright's New York office. He represents financial institutions, leasing companies and airlines in US and cross-border equipment finance and lease transactions. His practice also includes joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, workouts, reorganizations and litigation related to equipment financing. Mr. Tussing often lectures on equipment financing issues and has been appointed an arbitrator and expert witness on related matters. He has more than 35 years of experience in aircraft financing. 

Mr. Tussing joined the Civil Aeronautics Board in Washington, D.C. in 1976, serving as trial attorney until 1982. He has been in private practice in New York since 1982. 

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JD, Boston University School of Law, 1976
BA, cum laude, Yale University, 1973

Mr. Tussing was admitted to practice in Massachusetts in 1977, Washington, D.C., in 1978 and New York in 1982.

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Massachusetts State Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • Chambers USA: Transportation: Aviation: Finance, Chambers & Partners, 2017 - 2019
  • Chambers Global, Global-wide: Aviation, Chambers & Partners, 2016-2019
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, one of the Top 100 Lawyers in New York, Thomson Reuters, 2011-2012
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, aviation and aerospace, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2018
  • Guide to the World's Leading Aviation Lawyers, One of the World's Top 10 Aviation Lawyers
  • Chambers Global, USA: Aviation: Finance, Chambers & Partners, 2014-2015
  • Chambers USA, Nationwide: Transportation: Aviation: Finance, Chambers & Partners, 2015-2016
  • Legal 500 US, Leading Lawyer, Asset Finance and Leasing, The Legal 500, 2014-2017
  • Legal 500 US, Leading Lawyer, Industry focus - Transport: Aviation and Air Travel - finance, The Legal 500, 2018
  • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, Industry focus - Transport: Aviation and Air Travel - finance, The Legal 500, 2018
  • Legal 500 US, Hall of Fame designee, The Legal 500, 2018
  • Who's Who Legal, aviation, Law Business Research Ltd., 2014-2018
  • Leading Lawyer, Asset Finance and Leasing, Legal 500 US Guide
  • Recommended Lawyer, Asset Finance and Leasing, Legal 500 US Guide, 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2006 - 2019
  • New York's Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best of the Best USA, Expert Guides, 2013 - 2018
  • World's Leading Aviation Lawyer, Expert Guides, 2013 - 2018
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, Aviation, Thomson Reuters, 2006 -2016
  • Advisory Board, Cape Town International Aircraft Registry
  • International Bar Association, Chairman, Aviation Law Committee
  • American Bar Association, Chair, Aircraft Finance Subcommittee (2003 - 2006)
  • Legal Advisory Panel, Aviation Working Group
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers