Nathan Leavitt is a financial services attorney in Holland & Knight's San Francisco office and a member of the firm's Aviation Team and Aircraft Finance Team. He represents world-leading aircraft operating lessors and financial institutions that support the commercial aircraft and airline industry.

Mr. Leavitt is a transaction attorney who advises clients on the purchase, sale, lease, novation, interchanges, secured and unsecured financing (including pre-delivery payment financing) and securitization of commercial and business aircraft, engines and parts. He focuses primarily on cross-border transactions, having guided his clients in deals with well more than 100 commercial airlines. He has a particular focus on transactions that involve airlines operating in Latin America.

In 2014, Mr. Leavitt undertook a nine-month secondment with the Latin America and Caribbean division of GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).

Mr. Leavitt spent part of his career at Holland & Knight practicing from its New York and London offices.


  • Lead counsel to seller in precedent-setting portfolio sale of A350-900, A320 and 737-800 aircraft utilizing Hong Kong leasing structures under Hong Kong's new tax concessions regime
  • Represented an aircraft lessor in connection with the pre-delivery payment (PDP) financing for AeroMexico for five Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with a list price of more than $500 million
  • Counseled a major aircraft lessor on a $500 million credit facility secured by a portfolio of aircraft on lease to seven different airlines
  • Represented a publicly traded aircraft leasing company in connection with a $225 million credit facility borrowed by one of its joint ventures secured by seven aircraft on lease to airlines in Brazil, Malaysia and Germany
  • Represented one of the world's largest aircraft lessors on the conditional sale of the beneficial interest in the owner trusts that own 10 Airbus A319 aircraft on lease to a major Latin American airline
  • Represented an aircraft lessor on the sale of a portfolio of eight aircraft on lease to eight different airlines
  • Advised an aircraft lessor on the acquisition, conversion and financing of a fleet of Boeing 737-400 cargo aircraft for its private equity fund
  • Represented an aircraft lessor on the lease of three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to British Airways and the related secured term-loan financing


  • St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Whitworth College, B.A., Political Science
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT)
  • International Bar Association, Aviation Law Committee
  • American Bar Association, Aviation Finance Subcommittee
  • Phi Delta Phi, Tarlton Inn, Magister
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco
Honors & Awards
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers, Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, 2015, 2017-2019
  • The Legal 500 USA, Aviation and Air Travel: Finance, 2018, 2019
  • Overall Deal of the Year, Airfinance Journal China, 2018
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Transportation: Aviation: Finance, 2015, 2016
  • Rising Star, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2016
  • Aviation ABS Deal of the Year, Global Transport Finance, 2015
  • Debt Deal of the Year, Airline Economics, 2015
  • North American Deal of the Year, Airfinance Journal, 2015
  • Rising Star, Airfinance Journal, 2014
  • St. Mary's Law Journal, Associate Editor
  • St. Mary's Law Journal, Staff Writer
  • Angel Award Recipient for Pro Bono service, California Lawyer Magazine, 2008


Speaking Engagements