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About John L. Wright

After a childhood spent staring into the sky, flying was my dream. I chased that dream to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where I earned my bachelor's degree and commercial pilot's license. Through internships with the Office of the Chief Counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration and with American Airlines, I became drawn to the business of aviation. My dream evolved and I went to law school. I received my J.D. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and my Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Denver.

I have now been a part of the aviation industry for over two decades, practicing law for more than half that time. My clients have ranged from entrepreneurs and pilots to multi-million dollar corporations and international air carriers. I handle business acquisitions, entity formations, aviation transactions, regulatory compliance issues, and strategic tax matters. As a natural extension of that practice, I also defend airmen and businesses that are confronted with regulatory enforcement actions.

I continue to stay active and current as a pilot, most recently adding a glider rating to my commercial license. My time in the air, however, is now shared with time in the mountains. I am an avid trail runner and enjoy snowshoeing, skiing and hiking with my wife and daughter. One way or the other, if I am not in the office, you will most likely find me somewhere at a higher altitude.


  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, B.S.
  • Southern Methodist University, School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, LL.M.

  • Bar Admissions

  • State of Colorado
  • State of Florida
  • United States Tax Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the 10th and 11th Circuit
  • US District Courts: District of Colorado and the Southern, Middle and Northern
    Districts of Florida

  • Aviation Certifcations and Ratings

  • Commercial Pilot Certificate: instrument, multiengine and glider ratings
  • Flight Instructor Certificate (inactive): instrument and multiengine ratings

  • Activities and Honors

  • Aircraft Owner's and Pilot's Association - Panel Attorney
  • Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association - General Counsel
  • Angel Flight West - Volunteer Pilo
  • Federal judicial externship - Hon. William R. Mullins, NTSB
  • Selected for competitive internship with American Airlines
  • Awarded a legal internship with the Federal Aviation Administration Office of
    the Chief Counsel

  • Legal Associations

  • Lawyer Pilots Bar Association
  • IATSBA Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Boulder Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association

  • Aviation Associations

  • National Business Aviation Association
  • Aircraft Owner's and Pilot's Association
  • Colorado Aviation Business Association
  • Alliance for Aviation Across America