John Yodiceset up his private practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland upon graduation from the George Washington University School of Law in 1959. Since then, he has been continuously representing pilots, flight schools, corporate and commercial operators, aircraft owners, and others in aviation law matters. He has advised many aviation organizations on issues of corporate creation and governance, contract negotiation, tax status and liability, and other business law subjects. Mr. Yodice is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Oklahoma. He served as General Counsel to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association. He is a Director (and past president) of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and also serves as their Convention Manager, and he is a founding member and current secretary of the International Aviation and Transportation Safety Bar Association (formerly the NTSB Bar Association). Recently, Mr. Yodice was awarded the inaugural IATSBA Lifetime Achievement Award for having made a truly remarkable contribution to aviation law and aviation safety.
Mr. Yodice authors a regular, monthly column in the AOPA Pilot magazine and the quarterly IATSBA newsletter. Mr. Yodice also contributes educational content for the firm's several publications that are distributed to the firm's legal services plan members.
Mr. Yodice is an active commercial pilot and flight instructor. He uses his twin-engine Cessna Turbo 310 primarily in his law practice. His Piper Cub is just for fun.
Kathy Yodicejoined Yodice Associates in the Spring of 1998 and is chiefly involved in representing pilots and companies in aviation matters. Ms. Yodice began her law career at the Federal Aviation Administration where she spent 12 1/2 years handling policy issues, enforcement litigation, medical certification issues, and airport matters. As an FAA attorney, she was a frequent lecturer at FAA Aviation Medical Seminars and FAA Enforcement Seminars. In private practice, Ms. Yodice continues to enjoy speaking on aviation legal issues, and she enjoys writing for such publications as Aviation for Women magazine, ABA's Air and Space Lawyer, and legal newsletters published by the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association and the International Air Transportation Safety Bar Association. She authors a regular column in AOPA's publications and in Aviation for Women magazine. She recently contributed a book chapter on "NTSB Adjudication of Airmen and Air Agency Appeals" in the American Bar Association's book on Aviation Regulation in the United States, edited by Connor and Heffernan, (2014).
Ms. Yodice graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in the spring of 1986 and is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She received her B.A. degree, with honors, from Frostburg State University, where she concentrated her studies on psychology and mathematics.
Ms. Yodice is a past President of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and now serves on their Board of Directors. She is also a past Director and member of the Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA) and member of AOPA's Board of Medical Advisors. She is a current member of the Aero Club of Washington, D.C., Women in Aviation International, NBAA, AOPA, and the United States Pilots Association.
Ms. Yodice is an instrument rated private pilot, and she co-owns a 1968 Piper Cherokee 180 with her brother. She learned to fly in the family's 1946 Piper J-3 Cub and has enjoyed a long membership with the Cub Club.
Mike Yodice joined the firm in April of 2009 as a paralegal and aviation counselor. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Maryland. A pilot since 1979, he took instruction at the historic College Park (MD) airport. Mike co-owns a Piper Cherokee, and he maintains and flies the family Piper J3-Cub. Prior to joining Yodice Associates, he enjoyed a 20+ year career in turbine aircraft sales and consulting.
Ray Specialehas been working with Yodice Associates since March 1988. In addition to being an attorney, he is a Certified Public Accountant and an active instrument flight instructor.
Mr. Speciale has been admitted to practice in Maryland, New York, and Connecticut. He is a member of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and is on the Advisory Board for the Baltimore County Community College's Air Transportation Management Program. He is a full-time faculty member for Mount Saint Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, teaching courses in accounting and law. In addition to aviation matters, Mr. Speciale handles general business law, taxes, wills, estates, and probate matters.
Mr. Speciale currently holds commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates with instrument ratings. From 1984 to 1992, he was a Reserve Officer with the United States Air Force, operating T-37, T-38, and C141 aircraft.
Liz Candelario joined Yodice Associates in May 2008. Ms. Candelario practices a diverse array of legal issues, from corporate law, lobbying requirements to litigation, including the representation of individuals and companies in various aviation capacities. She received her JD from Villanova University School of Law, where she graduated in the top 10% of her class. Prior to law school, Ms. Candelario graduated magna cum laude as a member of the Honors Program at La Salle University. Ms. Sterpka is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.
Len Ceruzzibegan assisting the clients of Yodice Associates in 2004. He began his legal career as an attorney with the Federal Aviation Administration advising the agency on issues related to aircraft accident and tort litigation, airport access, development, environmental, and grant assurance requirements, Federal labor law, the Freedom of Information Act, and other general legal support and advice. When he left the FAA, after 22 years of service, he was Assistant Chief Counsel for the FAA's General Law Division. Thereafter, Mr. Ceruzzi spent 14 years in the legal office for Continental Airlines, advising the airlines and its affiliates on regulatory and enforcement issues before the FAA, DOT and NTSB. He also spent two years in private practice.
Mr. Ceruzzi earned his law degree from the University of Connecticut in 1967. He received his M.A. in International Relations from the University of Denver in 1961, and his B.A. in Sociology from Fordham University in 1960.
Mary Ann Melpolder -- Executive Office Manager Michael Doderick -- Administrative Assistant and Legal Services Plan Administrator