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Ronnie R. Gipson Jr.

Assistant Professor of Law, University of Memphis

After graduating from law school, I represented clients in complex/class action litigation for a number of years. Capitalizing on the litigation experience, I started my own firm where I represented an array of clients in aviation law matters. I transitioned into legal academia in 2015, when I accepted a two year appointment at the Soongsil University Global Law Institute. After returning to the United States in 2017, I continued my career in academia teaching doctrinal courses to include both Aviation law and International law at American Bar Association accredited law schools. I remain actively engaged in the aviation industry by providing policy advice to aviation advocacy groups. I am currently a professor at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.


  • –present
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, University of Memphis


  • 2017 
    The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, International Commercial Arbitrator- Member
  • 2012 
    Federal Aviation Administration , Private Pilot Certificate- Single Engine Land
  • 2004 
    University of San Francisco School of Law, Juris Doctorate


  • 2020
    The Rise of Drones and the Erosion of Privacy and Trespass Laws, The Air & Space Lawyer- ABA
  • 2017
    The Chicago Convention Should Not be Used to Create Criminals, 42 Annals Air & Space Law 83
  • 2015
    The Need for Statutory Immunity to Protect Federal Appointees from Civil Suit, Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy
  • 2015
    Can Lufthansa Successfully Limit its Liability to the Families of the Victims of Germanwings Flight 9525 Under the Montreal Convention?, Journal of Korean Air & Space Law Policy, vol.30 no.2, 279
  • 2014
    Space Flight Accidents Should Be Investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, Westlaw Aviation Journal

Professional Memberships

  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Experimental Aircraft Association Legal Advisory Council