A Name and a Mission that Fulfills its Promise
“I wanted a name that would be unique and memorable while, at the same time, vividly and concisely describes what we are about. I decided on ‘Aerlex,’ meaning “Air Law’ in Latin, which is also the historic language of the law. So, in one simple, six-letter word, we’ve encapsulated our prime purpose.” – Stephen Hofer
When Aerlex founder and president Stephen Hofer began thinking about starting a new law firm in 2005, he knew that service to the aviation community would be one of the firm’s principal missions. Since then, Aerlex has developed an international reputation for providing the highest quality legal services to clients in a variety of fields, and, in particular, aviation.
The firm has handled hundreds of whole and fractional aircraft transactions having an aggregate value of more than four billion U.S. dollars, an amazing total made all the more remarkable by the difficult economic conditions in which it was achieved. Aerlex has represented clients from all over the world and has closed aircraft purchases on every continent except Antarctica.
With its principal offices in Los Angeles, California, Aerlex has long been Hollywood’s “go to” law firm when it comes to aviation matters. Aerlex’s client list includes numerous Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Award winners, as well as many other prominent actors, actresses, producers, directors, studio executives, internationally known recording artists and professional athletes. The firm has also represented Fortune 100 corporations, airlines and many of the country’s largest on-demand charter operators and aircraft management companies.
While Aerlex is justifiably famous for the work it does in the field of aircraft acquisitions and transactions, our law firm supports clients in a number of other fields, including corporate, contract, tax, labor and employment, real estate, regulatory law, and litigation, including insurance and non-insurance matters. The firm’s litigators are admitted to practice before numerous federal and state trial and appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, as well as administrative agencies.
We’ve helped clients build, borrow, buy, operate, insure and maintain every type of aircraft from historic biplanes to the largest and most modern private jets and commercial airliners. We’ve also handled the merger and acquisition of companies, leasing of land, construction of buildings and airplane hangars, drafting of employee handbooks, discipline and termination of misbehaving employees, defense of wrongful termination actions, aircraft sales and use tax exemptions, property tax reductions, state and federal tax audits, certifications by the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation, disciplinary proceedings before those same agencies, bringing and defending lawsuits, airplane repossessions and more.
We are proud of the legal work we do – and humbled by the continuing opportunities to help meet the legal needs of the many clients we serve. This is “The Aerlex Way.”