Jack Gilchrist is the founding director and shareholder of Gilchrist Aviation Law. He is special counsel with respect to transactions involving aircraft, engines, propellers and spare parts. Mr. Gilchrist has focused his career on aviation transactions, representing clients from all areas of the aviation industry with regard to every current structure of aircraft and aircraft engine transaction.
Mr. Gilchrist has counseled clients around the world in aircraft transactions, including many of the major air carriers, aircraft and engine leasing companies, air cargo companies, corporations, banks and other lending institutions, as well as aircraft brokers, dealers and manufacturers.
Chad Gilson has practiced aviation legal services at Gilchrist Aviation Law since 2011. Mr. Gilson practices in various transactional matters related to aircraft title, registration, finance and leasing law, and represents clients from individual small aircraft owners to international air carriers and financial institutions.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Gilson worked as an intern with the United States Air Force Materiel Command Law Office, where he was responsible for the research and analysis of government contracts, copyrights and trademark law.
Nick Linholm has practiced law since 1990 with a focus in the aviation industry for many years, with the balance of his experience in the area of litigation defense. His practice is in the area of business aviation and oversees the Firm’s fractional ownership program and escrow transaction services. He manages a team of legal assistants, supervises aircraft title examinations and document preparation, and coordinates International Registry services related to the fractional program.
Mr. Linholm is a member of the Oklahoma, Oklahoma County, and American Bar Association, as well as all Federal Courts for the State of Oklahoma, the Tenth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jane Um serves as an attorney for Gilchrist Aviation Law and practices in various commercial and corporate aviation transaction matters related to aircraft title, registration, finance, and leasing law.
Prior to joining Gilchrist Aviation Law, Ms. Um worked as an attorney and IRS Enrolled Agent. She has managed tax-related cases, negotiated solutions with the IRS and represented clients in IRS tax controversies.
Lezel Safi joined Gilchrist Aviation Law, P.C. through the firm’s legal intern program, thereafter accepting the position of Associate Attorney, in 2019. She focuses her practice on business aviation and commercial aviation transactions involving the sale, registration, financing and leasing of aircraft.
Prior to law school, Ms. Safi had a successful career in Sales and Marketing with Xerox Corporation. She holds degrees from Oklahoma State University (BA 1997), and Oklahoma City University (MBA 1999, Juris Doctorate 2019).
Connor Harris began his career in aviation law when he joined the aviation law practice of Jack Gilchrist in 2011 as an intern. He has worked for Gilchrist Aviation Law, P.C. and its predecessor in virtually every area of the firm’s aviation law practice. While Mr. Harris does not hold a license to practice law, he does hold a Juris Doctorate Degree. He has experience in business aviation, commercial aviation, fractional aircraft ownership, as well as aircraft financing and leasing transactions, and all matters involving the FAA and the Cape Town Convention, International Registry.
Mr. Harris holds degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma (BA, Strategic Communications, 2015), and Oklahoma City University (JD, 2018). He has also held legal intern positions with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office, assisting in the investigation and prosecution of crimes with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Becca Schmidt began her career at Gilchrist Aviation Law in 2010 with a focus in commercial aviation. She currently now enjoys serving in her role as a closing coordinator where she specializes in the preparation and coordination of fractional ownership transactions.
Becca received her degree from Wisconsin Lutheran College (BS, Communication, 2009).
Kayla Grayson serves as the manager of business aviation closings for Gilchrist Aviation Law, P.C. since 2015. While she does not practice law, Mrs. Grayson coordinates every aspect of a broad spectrum of aircraft transactions involving the sale, purchase, registration and escrow closings for primarily corporate aircraft.
She holds degrees from Oklahoma State University (AS, Enterprise Development, 2015) and the University of Central Oklahoma (BS, Accounting 2018).