Craig “C.A.” Southerland
Craig (C.A.) Southerland is the Aviation Manager at 500law. In this position he is a key member of the team that is supporting the development of the firm’s emerging aviation litigation practice. He is an International Aviation Regulatory Specialist with 36 years of experience in the field and provides expertise in air carrier certification, flight operations, maintenance operations, airman certification issues, complex international regulatory issues, airline development and interaction with Civil Aviation Authorities and international aviation governing bodies, worldwide.
Mr. Southerland has been involved with the administration of international aviation since 1987, in a variety of roles, including airline founder, airline CEO, airline group Chairman, regulatory consultant, international aircraft charter sales, the operation, administration and support of aviation related contracts on behalf of governmental and non-governmental entities in Africa (Nigeria, Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa) and the Middle East (Afghanistan), as well as the development of a scheduled airline in Ukraine.
He regularly speaks at various conferences concerning matters of airline start-up, international aviation regulations and operations, in places as diverse as Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, Aruba, the Bahamas and the USA. For almost two decades Southerland has been authoring bids on behalf of clients as well as his own companies that have resulted in the successful award of contracts by USAID, the United Nations, the United Nations World Food Programme, the German Ministry of Defense, the US Department of State and numerous others.
Craig Southerland is a proud Husband, Father and Grandfather who actively participates as a volunteer in many of his church’s activities, including teaching on Sunday morning at least once per month.