Areas of Focus

Regulatory Matters
International Legal Compliance
Litigation
Commercial Transactions
IASA Audit Preparation
ICAO Compliance
International Regulatory Harmonization
National Security
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Aviation Sector Analytic Studies

Education

JD, Cum Laude, Duke University
MA, Political Science, Duke University
BA, History, Cum Laude, George Washington University

Honors / Recognition

Editorial Board, The Air & Space Lawyer
Contributor, The Diplomat
Legal Advisor, The Journal of Hazmat Transportation
Steering Group, ABA United Nations & International Institutions Committee

Memberships

American Bar Association
ABA Forum on Air and Space Law
ABA United Nations & International Institutions Committee
ABA Committee on Human Rights Law
American Society of International Law
Supreme Court Historical Society

Bar Admissions

New York
District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Services
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of International Trade

Roncevert (Ronce) Almond Partner

ralmond@wicks-group.com
202-457-7790 (office)
202-246-3853 (mobile)

Roncevert (Ronce) Ganan Almond is a Partner at The Wicks Group, PLLC. Ronce's practice encompasses both regulatory and commercial matters, as well as litigation. He regularly assists clients with proceedings and enforcement actions before the U.S. Departments of Transportation, State, Homeland Security, Defense, Justice and other federal agencies. His experience includes cross-border transactions and international investigations, as well as other types of civil and criminal matters.

Ronce's professional background also extends to national security issues arising under U.S. and international law. He has advised clients - from government authorities to commercial enterprises - across the globe on achieving compliance with U.S. federal regulations and international legal standards governing aviation. He has also served on the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, which develops harmonized standards and model regulations to ensure consistency between global regulatory systems. Ronce has also assisted in the development of civil aviation regulatory systems consistent with international standards and model regulations developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations specialized agency.

Ronce has written extensively on international affairs and national security issues for publications such as the Harvard National Security Journal, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Turkish Policy Quarterly, RealClearDefense and International Law News. In addition, Ronce serves as a regular contributor to The Diplomat, a current-events journal for the Asia-Pacific, on the Editorial Board of The Air and Space Lawyer -- the leading publication for legal practitioners in the field -- and as legal-regulatory advisor to The Journal of Hazmat Transportation -- which provides analysis on issues of compliance, security, and safety. He is a contributing author to Aviation Regulation in the United States (ABA Book Publishing, 2014), a treatise on U.S. aviation law and applicable international regimes. His publications have been cited by the U.S. Congress, national and foreign media, think tanks, and academia.

Ronce also regularly speaks at industry events and international forums organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization, American Society of International Law, American Bar Association, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and universities. He has served as chair and speaker of the Africa Air Cargo Summit and Afghanistan Air and Logistics Conferences. Ronce will be presenting on the development of space law at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress in Australia.

Prior to joining The Wicks Group, Ronce worked with the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone and participated in the Duke-Geneva Institute for Transnational Law as well as the Joint Program in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University. He also has experience with the U.S. political process having worked for congressional members, state parties and three presidential campaigns.

Representative Experience

  • Representing certificate-holders, including the world’s largest express transportation company, during enforcement proceedings and administrative appeals at the U.S. Department of Transportation and its modal agencies
  • Drafting and developing legislation and regulations to implement international standards such as those of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization
  • Advising airport authorities, management companies and fixed-base operators in commercial transactions, federal regulatory compliance issues, and civil litigation
  • Counseling foreign operators and enterprises on achieving compliance with U.S. sanction regimes and national security requirements involving Iran, Russia, Ukraine, Syria, and Cuba
  • Assisting foreign air carriers with applying for authority under U.S. bilateral aviation agremeents and Open Skies relationships
  • Advising state and local authorities and political subdivisions on regulation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) consistent with federal aviation regulations and obtaining federal authorization for UAS operations in support of governmental functions
  • Assisting with the execution of complex public-private partnership airport projects consistent with federal law and programs, including the FAA's Airport Privatization Pilot program
  • Representing manufacturers, carriers, and shippers in federal hazardous materials legal proceedings before the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Negotiating complex cross-border aircraft transactions involving export financing by U.S. Export Import (EXIM) Bank
  • Representing a foreign flag carrier before U.S. Department of Justice investigation of international air transportation and violations of U.S. antitrust law
  • Serving as trade association counsel responsible for compliance with U.S. antitrust law and advocacy before U.S. federal regulatory agencies
  • Counseling United Nations contractors in matters before the UN Secretariat and transactions related to supporting humanitarian relief
  • Assisting commercial carriers participating in multi-modal U.S. TRANSCOM operations in support of U.S. and NATO missions in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Counseling the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a U.S. Congressional commission, on legal issues and national security developments in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Representing non-profit organizations and private operations on obtaining authority to operate in “no-fly zones” established by U.S. federal security regulations (SFARs) and UN Security Council resolutions
  • Representing a regional spaceport before the U.S. Department of Transportation for special permit authority in support of space launch operations under the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program
  • Managing multi-jurisdictional litigation, U.S. and foreign, related to complex aircraft transactions and issues arising under the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Aircraft Protocol (the Cape Town Convention of 2001)
  • Representing international passenger and cargo carriers in civil litigation to enforce the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air (Warsaw Convention of 1929, as amended)
  • Assisting, pro bono, a humanitarian relief organization providing transportation services to global humanitarian community in order to access conflict zones and disaster areas