John Yodice set 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 and others in aviation law matters. Mr. Yodice is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Oklahoma. He serves as General Counsel for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations. He is a Director (and past president) of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, and is a founding member of the NTSB Bar Association.
Mr. Yodice authors a regular, monthly column in the AOPA Pilot magazine, and is primarily responsible for the articles included in the firm's several, quarterly newsletters.
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.
Ronald Golden joined Yodice Associates in 1980. He engages in the general practice of law, chiefly in aviation matters involving the areas of administrative, corporate, association, and business law. Mr. Golden is a member of the Board of Directors and past president of the Seaplane Pilots Association. Other memberships include the NTSB Bar Association, the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, and the Frederick County Bar Association.
Mr. Golden obtained his J.D. degree from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, Washington, D.C., and is admitted to practice in Maryland. Prior to that, he received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy.
In 1975, Mr. Golden bought his first airplane and started flying. He is an instrument rated commercial pilot and holds a seaplane rating, and he currently owns a Cessna Cardinal RG.
Kathleen Yodice joined 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 authors a regular column in AOPA's Flight Training Magazine and in Aviation for Women magazine.
Ms. Yodice graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in the spring of 1986 and is admitted to practice 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 Director of the Civil Aviation Medical Association, and a member of the Aero Club of Washington, D.C., the FAA Pilot Society, the Ninety-Nines, and Women in Aviation International.
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.
Talbot Martin joined Yodice Associates in the spring of 2008. Mr. Martin graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2006 and received his Bachelor of Aviation Sciences degree from Oklahoma State University in 2001, where he was an active member of the Flying Aggies. Mr. Martin is admitted to practice in California. Mr. Martin took his first flying lesson at the age of 14. He holds a Commercial Certificate with Instrument privileges in single and multi-engine airplanes, and a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. In addition to providing flight instruction, Mr. Martin has worked as an apprentice mechanic and lineman. During law school Mr. Martin worked as a summer clerk in the FAA’s Southwest Region Regional Counsel’s Office, assisting with FAA enforcement cases. Prior to joining Yodice Associates, he was in private practice in San Francisco, CA.
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.
Raymond Speciale has 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.
Elizabeth Candelario joined Yodice Associates in May 2008. Ms. Sterpka 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. Sterpka graduated magna cum laude as a member of the Honors Program at La Salle University. Ms. Sterpka is barred in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.
Leonard Ceruzzi began 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
Dee Hannum -- Office Manager & Legal Services Plan Administrator