Aug 14, 2017

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Announces Former Aviation Partner Steven Rossum as New CEO of Silver Airways


ATLANTA (August 14, 2017) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that effective August 7 Steven Rossum has left the partnership to become the CEO of firm client, Silver Airways. In his role as CEO, Mr. Rossum will lead the Fort Lauderdale-based airline in its new strategic initiatives including the delivery of up to 50 new ATR-600 series aircraft; the purchasing and lease financing of which he was instrumental in securing.

Since 2013, Mr. Rossum served as CEO and managing director of SGR Aviation Consulting, LLC, the firm’s aviation consulting group, and as a partner in the firm’s Air Transport and Corporate practices, working extensively as Silver Airway’s external general counsel and fleet transactions advisor during that period. A 25-year veteran of the aviation and legal industries, Mr. Rossum has previously been general counsel or in senior executive and financial positions with Pinnacle Airlines (now a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines), AirTran Airways, Reno Air, DHL Airways, National Air Cargo and ASTAR Air Cargo. He began his legal career with SGR as an associate in the firm’s Air Transport and Corporate practice in 1987.

“SGR wishes Steve the best of luck in his new endeavor as CEO with Silver,” said Peter Barlow, Head of SGR’s Air Transport and Corporate practice. “During his service with the firm, he continued the firm’s rich tradition of supporting the legal and consulting needs of aviation clients, including Silver Airways, Ameriflight, Atlas Air, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines among many others. He will be greatly missed on a day-to-day basis for his depth of aviation industry knowledge, mentoring and camaraderie.”

About Silver Airways
As the airline of choice for Florida and the Bahamas, Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways operates more routes within Florida, and between Florida and the Bahamas than any other airline. The airline averages 125 daily flights to 18 destinations in Florida (including hubs in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa) and the Bahamas. Silver is a codeshare partner with JetBlue, United Airlines, and Avianca, and has interline agreements with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Bahamasair, Hahn Air, Azul Brazilian Airlines, and All Nippon Airways. Silver currently operates a fleet of 21 highly reliable and fuel-efficient 34-seat Saab 340B Plus turboprop aircraft under its FAA Part 121 air carrier certificate. More information is available at 

About Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
SGR is a full service, international law firm that advises regional, national and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The firm’s more than 200 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, construction and employment law. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Jacksonville, London, Munich, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.

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