Roderick D. Margo
joined Condon & Forsyth LLP in 1980 and retired as partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office in June 2012. During the thirty-two years
he spent with the firm, Rod advised and represented airlines and their insurers in connection with the litigation and resolution of aviation claims and
In addition to his legal practice, Rod served as a mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court, and as a member of the aviation law panels of the
International Mediation and Arbitration Center (IMAC) in Los Angeles, and for ACI (A Commercial Initiative for Dispute Resolution) in London.
Rod taught aviation law at the UCLA School of Law (1981 to 1998) and, most recently, at IATA’s Training & Development Institute in Montreal and Geneva.
He also served as adjunct professor of law at McGill University’s Institute of Air & Space Law in Montreal.
Rod may be best known for his authored works: he is the author of Aviation Insurance (3rd ed., 2000, Lexis Nexis, London); co-editor of Shawcross &
Beaumont on Air Law (4th ed. rev., 2009, Lexis Nexis); co-editor of Montreal Convention, published by Kluwer & Co in 2006; member of the board of
advisors of Air & Space Law, published by Kluwer & Co., The Netherlands; and, the board of editors of the Annals of Air & Space Law, published by the
Institute of Air & Space Law.
In 2010, Rod was honored by receiving the international award of Aviation Lawyer of the Year by Who’s Who Legal where he was declared “the leading lawyer
in the world for Aviation expertise.” In 2011, Legal 500 selected Rod as being highly recommended for his work as a leader in the firm’s insurance coverage
Education: Rod is a graduate of McGill University Canada (Doctor of Civil Laws, 1979) and the University of Witwatersrand School of Law, Johannesburg,
South Africa (B.Com., 1970; L.L.B., cum laude, 1973), and studied international law at Cambridge University on an Elsie Ballot Scholarship (1974-75).
He is a commercial pilot and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Honors: Asialaw's Leading Lawyers in Asia (2006-2009); Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006-2009); Who's Who in the World (2005-2009);
Who's Who in America (2005-2009); International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers (2005 - 2011); Who's Who in American Law (2003-2009); "The Best of the Best,"
(Aviation Law) Euromoney Publications, (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007-09); Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Aviation Lawyers (1999-2009); Euromoney Guide to
the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (1999, 2000, 2004, 2006-2009); Who's Who Legal: California's Leading Business Lawyers (2009); and
Who's Who Legal: California's Aviation Lawyers (2009). Rod was selected as a California SuperLawyer in 2008 and 2009.