Areas of Focus

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


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

Honors / Recognition

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


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
Aeroclub of Washington

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
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, Treasury, 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 has assisted countries across the globe with developing legislation, regulations, policies and technical guidance consistent with international standards set forth by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations specialized agency. In addition, he has advised the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission regarding security and legal issues in the Indo-Pacific region. At the United Nations, he has served on the Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, which develops harmonized standards and model regulations to facilitate global trade.

Ronce is a member of the faculty at Georgetown University Law Center, serving as an adjunct professor of law. He has written extensively on international law, diplomacy, and national security. As a contributor to The Diplomat, he writes on international affairs in the Asia-Pacific region. He has also published work in prominent law journals, including at Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Virginia, and Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Ronce serves on the Editorial Board of the Air and Space Lawyer -- the leading publication for legal practitioners in the field -- and as a legal-regulatory advisor at 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 related international regimes, and Our Ocean Guide (Lightbox Publishing, 2017), a multidisciplinary work dedicated to examining the seas as a global commons. His work has been cited by the White House, Congress, academic journals, and think tanks.

Ronce regularly speaks at legal and policy forums, including those organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization, American Society of International Law, American Bar Association, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and America's leading universities. Internationally, he has served as chair and speaker of the Africa Air Cargo Summit and Afghanistan Air and Logistics Conferences. At the International Astronautical Congress, he presented on the development of space law before the International Astronautical Federation, International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law. He has also lectured on U.S. policy regarding international maritime law at the Ocean Policy Congress, organized by the Renewable Natural Resource Foundation. In his public speaking capacity, Ronce also serves as a guest commentator for television news programs worldwide covering issues of international relations, aviation, law, and trade.

Prior to joining The Wicks Group, Ronce worked with the United Nations 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, working 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, regulations, policies and technical guidance to implement international standards such as those of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization
  • Advising airport authorities, air operators, management companies and fixed-base operators in commercial transactions, federal regulatory compliance issues, and civil litigation
  • Supporting civil spaceport authorities on issues of compliance with federal regulations and oversight programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • 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 legal 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
  • 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