Areas of Practice
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Masters Certificate, Aerospace and Aviation Safety, 2014
  • University of Mississippi, J.D., Certificate in Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law, 2009
  • Michigan State University, B.A., Political Science/Pre-Law, 2005
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Tennessee (Practicing under the direct supervision of an active member of the District of Columbia Bar)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Tennessee
  • Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals

Rebecca A. Lipe

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 1353
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Rebecca A. Lipe is an associate in Steptoe's Washington office, where she is a member of the Transportation Group.

Prior to joining Steptoe, Ms. Lipe was an attorney in the US Air Force where she provided policy advice and regulatory guidance to senior leadership on accident investigations. In addition, Ms. Lipe was responsible for providing worldwide support and training to Aerospace Accident Investigation Boards (AIBs) for mishaps involving aircraft, unmanned aerial systems, missiles, or space crashes. She also provided support to Ground Accident Investigation Boards (GAIBs) for investigation of duty-related ground accidents.  Ms. Lipe also defended and adjudicated administrative claims arising from Air Force aviation and admiralty activities worldwide, and served as the principal legal advisor to pilot and aircrew disqualification boards.

In addition to her aviation experience, Ms. Lipe was the Chief of Contracts in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 23d Wing at Moody AFB, GA where she reviewed multi-million dollar government contracts and defended the Air Force in bid protests to the Government Accountability Office, including processing the override of a protest stay that averted a delay in the deployment of military members.  Ms. Lipe also served as the primary criminal law attorney-advisor to commanders of two military wings with more than 6,000 personnel, and represented the United States as counsel in administrative hearings and trials.     

Selected Publications