The Sherman & Howard Difference

Our team has represented some of the nation’s largest prime contractors as well as a large array of subcontractors and suppliers in Colorado and nationally. We also have a broad practice in the telecommunication and high-tech industries, which often intersect with aerospace and defense. It is our experience working in these industries that makes Sherman & Howard unique. Our team includes:

  • A former Director of Space Law at Air Force Space Command and Chief of Space Law at Air Force headquarters in the Pentagon
  • A current member of the International Institute of Space Law board of directors
  • An attorney/solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales who is a former vice chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and who handles aerospace and satellite disputes
  • One of the top aerospace insurance recovery lawyers in the country
  • A former officer in the Air Force 3rd Space Operations Squadron who is trained in all areas of space operations
  • A former design engineer from Lockheed Martin
  • A previous chair of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable
  • A member of the American Arbitration Association’s Aerospace, Aviation, and National Security Panel
  • A former deputy general counsel of the U.S. Air Force

As a result of our varied experience, we possess a nuanced understanding of the industry, wide-ranging perspective, and a depth of experience that enable us to offer unrivaled insight and guidance regarding all aspects of aerospace legal and regulatory matters.

Our Approach

Our firm operates at the epicenter of the aerospace industry in Colorado, also known as “Aerospace Alley,” and we’ve built a strong multidisciplinary team of attorneys to meet the many and varied needs of clients in virtually every sector of the aerospace and defense industries. Although we are a regional firm, we have a national practice representing clients that includes startups, large prime contractors, leading manufacturers, launch service providers, suborbital tourist companies, and a major space port, among others. As industry thought leaders and innovators, we stay on the cutting edge of legal issues and industry concerns to meet the evolving needs of the aerospace and defense sectors. When our clients need specialty areas, we ensure that an attorney familiar with the aerospace industry is there to assist.


We represent aerospace and defense companies on a wide variety of litigation, transactional, and regulatory matters including:

  • Planning, purchasing, and operation of space assets
  • Risk management and insurance
  • Arbitration and litigation of space disputes nationally and internationally
  • Launch services
  • Insurance disputes and recovery
  • Leasing of satellites and transponders
  • Satellite financing and project financing for the construction of satellites for lenders, satellite owners, and lessees
  • Government contracts
  • Corporate and transactional matters
  • Security interests in mobile equipment
  • Intellectual property
  • Internal and government investigations
  • Enforcement actions
  • Labor and employment
  • Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, co-development, and other strategic alliances
  • Real estate, leasing, and land zoning
  • Environmental issues and compliance
  • Federal and state regulatory compliance
  • Data privacy and cybersecurity
  • Export control and technology transfer issues


  • Represented a major aerospace company in federal court insurance recovery litigation stemming from a launch failure; handled numerous insurance defense counsel motions with outstanding success, which ramped up the settlement value of the case.
  • Assisted an aerospace company suffering unfair competition from the U.S. government in violation of U.S. space policy by addressing the issues with the agencies involved.
  • Represented a client in an ICC arbitration for breach of a contract for satellite launch services and in litigation over satellite carriage agreements.
  • Represented a private astronaut in contract negotiations for a flight to the International Space Station.
  • Advised two major aerospace clients on the separation of senior C-level executives.
  • Drafted launch services agreements, including hosted payload and rideshare agreements, minimizing risks for clients.
  • Represented defense contractors in bid protests and litigation involving the U.S. government, with values up to and exceeding $400 million.
  • Advised aerospace companies on M&A matters including review of contracts and other due diligence issues.