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Joanne M. Barbera

Joanne Barbera, lawyer at Barbera and Watkins, LLC
 

Joanne is a founding partner of Barbera & Watkins, LLC. Since 1993, Joanne has practiced in business and general aviation law, including aviation regulatory and tax matters. She has extensive experience in the areas of the purchase, sale, leasing, financing and management of corporate aircraft (including domestic and foreign registration) and related insurance, regulatory and federal and state tax issues.

Joanne was the chairperson of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Tax Committee and served on the NBAA Operational Excellence Strategic Focus Team from 2007 to 2009, and continues to serve on the Tax Committee. She has authored numerous articles on business aviation regulatory and tax topics.

Joanne often speaks at NBAA Tax, NBAA Regional Forums and other legal and business aviation programs across the country. She has presented on a variety of topics including personal use of aircraft, state tax issues, carriage of elected officials, heavy maintenance (capitalize or expense), depreciation, passive activity loss limitations, corporate aviation transactions, aircraft ownership and leasing, and tax-free exchanges.

Joanne is a 1993 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and received her B.A. with honors from the University of Notre Dame. She completed her masters of law degree in taxation (LL.M.) at the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 2006. Joanne is a member of the Missouri and Kansas Bar and is licensed to practice in both states.  Joanne was selected to Super Lawyers in 2015.

 

Dawn C. Watkins

Dawn Watkins, attorney at Barbera and Watkins, LLC  

Dawn is a founding partner of Barbera & Watkins, LLC. She focuses her practice in corporate aircraft transactions, including related aviation regulatory, insurance and tax issues. Dawn assists clients with purchase, sale, finance, lease and management contracts and various issues for new and used aircraft. Her practice often provides an opportunity to be involved with an aircraft from the initial offer through purchase stage, its years of use and ultimate disposition.

Dawn has been practicing in business and general aviation law since 2001, prior to which she practiced for three years in a Denver area law firm in the area of contracts, municipalities and special districts.

She is a 1995 graduate of the University of Missouri with a B.S. with honors in finance. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1998. Dawn is a member of the Colorado, Missouri and Kansas Bar and is licensed to practice in Missouri and Kansas.

 

 

 

Melissa L. (Blair) Stanley

 

Melissa is an attorney at Barbera & Watkins, LLC who focuses on aviation and tax law. Melissa has been practicing in business and general aviation law since 2008.  She assists individual and corporate clients who own and operation aircraft with purchases and sales, management, leasing, financing and various other matters including tax and regulatory structuring.

Melissa receives her B.S. from Truman State university.  She is a graduate of University of Missouri - Columbia law school, where she was the Layout and Design editor on the Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution and received a Certificate of Dispute Resolution.  She received her masters in law degree in taxation (LL.M.) at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Melissa is a member of the Missouri and Kansas bar and is licensed to practice in both states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R. Shannon Sinn

Shannon Sinn of Barbera & Watkins, LLC  

Shannon is an associate attorney at Barbera & Watkins, LLC. She is a 2012 graduate of the Washington University School of Law, and received her B.A. in Economics and Classics with honors from Notre Dame in 2009.  Shannon is a member of the Missouri and Kansas bar and is licensed to practice in both states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick J. Kaine

 

Pat is an attorney of counsel at Barbera & Watkins, LLC.  His areas of practice include general civil litigation and insurance, aviation, transportation and appellate law. Pat has represented clients in federal and state courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Tenth Circuits, the Missouri Supreme Court and the Kansas Supreme Court.

Pat's experience includes:

    •  Successful defense of aircraft insurer in valuation dispute with aircraft owner through litigation in federal court and specialized appraisal process. CNS Corp. v. Global Aerospace, Inc., Eastern District Mo. WL 2978063 (2010).

    •  Summary judgment obtained in favor of Wichita hospital over claims arising out of air ambulance accident. Hauptman v. WMC, Inc., 43 Kan. App2d 276, 224 P.3d 1175 (2010).

    •  Defense judgment for client helped define Missouri law on validity and enforcement of exculpatory clauses in commercial contracts. Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. Inc. v. Executive Beechcraft, Inc., 59 S.W.3d 505 (2001).

    •  Complete defense for insurer in dispute with aircraft owner that released insurer after payment on proof of claim. Ameristar Jet Charter, Inc. v. Dodson International Parts, Inc. et al., 155 S.W.3d 50 (Mo. 2008).

Pat is a 1992 graduate of the University of Kansas Law School and received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.  He is a member of the Missouri and Kansas Bar and is licensed to practice in both states.

 

 

Natalie J. Stice

Natalie Stice of Barbera and Watkins, LLC

 

Natalie serves as both a legal assistant and the office manager for Barbera & Watkins, LLC.  She began her career in the aviation field in 2001 and is proficient in assisting with corporate aircraft transactions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracy Y. Dear

 

Tracy serves as a legal assistant for Barbera & Watkins, LLC. She began her career in the aviation field in 2007. She is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

 

 

 

 

 

     
     

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