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
  • District of Columbia
  • Tennessee
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • 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 focuses her practice on transportation regulation, aviation law, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), litigation, and related administrative proceedings. She helps clients obtain UAS Certificates of Waiver or Certificates of Authorization issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and assists in creating operations manuals integral to incorporating UAS into commercial entities. When necessary, she guides clients in drafting responses to Department of Transportation (DOT) and FAA enforcement actions, and represents aviation companies in tort litigation pending in state and federal courts. Ms. Lipe also assists clients with tracking regulatory changes to air traffic control operations and the incorporation of NextGen technologies into the aviation infrastructure.  

Before joining Steptoe, Ms. Lipe was an attorney in the US Air Force, where she advised senior leadership on accident investigation policies and regulations. In this role, Ms. Lipe provided worldwide support and training to Aerospace Accident Investigation Boards (AIBs) for mishaps involving aircraft, unmanned aerial systems, missiles, or space crashes. She also defended and adjudicated administrative claims and Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) litigation arising from Air Force aviation and admiralty activities worldwide. In this position, Ms. Lipe successfully defended the Air Force in a $60 million fatal aviation lawsuit alleging negligent air traffic control operations. She also provided support to Ground Accident Investigation Boards (GAIBs) for investigation of duty-related ground accidents; and served as the principal legal advisor to pilot and aircrew disqualification boards. In addition to her aviation experience, Ms. Lipe formerly served as the chief of contracts in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 23d Wing at Moody Air Force Base. In this position, she reviewed multimillion-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.