Company: Motley Rice, LLC
Location: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States
The Honorable Mary Fackler Schiavo, Lawyer at Motley Rice LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in transportation and aviation law.
An international transportation and aviation practice group leader and government regulations and policy attorney with Motley Rice, LLC, since 2003, Ms. Schiavo has amassed more than 35 years of professional excellence in her areas of expertise. In addition, she has been an aviation and transportation analyst with Cable News Network since 2014 and a member of the board of directors at Worthington Industries since 1998. Prior to these positions, she was an aviation analyst with NBC News from 1997 to 2002, an aviation analyst with ABC News from 1996 to 1997, and an inspector general with the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1990 to 1996. An assistant secretary of labor-management standards with the U.S. Department of Labor from 1989 to 1990, she is the former executive director of the Bush/Quayle 1988 campaign, White House Fellow and special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General with the U.S. Department of Justice, federal prosecutor of the organized crime and racketeering strike force with the U.S. Department of Justice, and assistant U.S. attorney of the western district of Missouri with the U.S. Department of Justice. She also spent time as a McConnell professor of aviation and Enarson professor of public policy at The Ohio State University from 1997 to 2002.
Alongside her primary endeavors, Ms. Schiavo served the White House Fellows Association and Foundation in a number of capacities, including as president from 1994 to 1995, first vice president from 1993 to 1994, chair of the annual meeting in 1993, a member of the board of directors from 1992 to 1996, and second vice president from 1992 to 1993. In addition, she was a former member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships from 1994 to 1995, member of the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency from 1990 to 1996, member of the board of directors of the Department of Labor Academy from 1989 to 1990, and a member of the house of delegates and assembly delegate of the American Bar Association from 1986 to 1989. A frequent lecturer, Ms. Schiavo also taught as a guest lecturer at the New York University School of Law, an instructor at the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Institute, and an instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. In addition, she has been a reputable aviation commentator for several broadcast channels, including CNN, Fox News, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, ABC, CBS, BBC, CBN, and Al Jazeera.
Passionate about her community, Ms. Schiavo has served on the board of directors of the Lowcountry region of the American Red Cross since 2014. She is a former member of the board of directors of the Root-Tilden Scholarship Program at New York University, member of the board of directors of the Visiting Nurses Association, and director of the Harvard University Alumni Association. Ms. Schiavo previously used her expertise to publish a book titled “Flying Blind, Flying Safe,” which was a New York Times Bestseller in 1997.
To prepare for her illustrious career, Ms. Schiavo pursued an education at The Ohio State University, completing coursework in aviation and training for private and commercial flights. She subsequently attended Harvard University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in 1976. Soon thereafter, she earned a Master of Arts in public administration from The Ohio State University in 1977 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from New York University in 1980. She has since been admitted to practice in Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Missouri, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.
In recognition of her exceptional accomplishments, Ms. Schiavo has accrued several accolades, including being named among the Best Lawyers in America from 2010 to 2014 and in 2017. Named among Outstanding Women Lawyers in 2015, she was also named one of the Top 150 Women in Litigation in South Carolina for Mass Tort, Securities and Aviation in 2014, as well as a South Carolina “Litigation Star” for Mass Tort, Securities and Aviation from 2012 to 2014. The National Law Journal named her Lawyer of the Year in Charleston, SC, for Mass Tort Litigation and Class Action-Plaintiffs from 2010 to 2018, and she was a National “Litigation Star” for Mass Tort and Product Liability from 2012 to 2013.
In addition, Ms. Schiavo was presented with the Truitt Award by the American Society for Public Administration in 2002, the Ohio State Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1997, the Webster Award by the International Platform Association in 1997, and the Aviation Laurel Award by Aviation Week and Space Technology Magazine in 1995. Named Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year in 1997, she was also given an Aviation Laurel Citation by Aviation Week and Space Technology Magazine in 1992, and the Thompson Award by the Ohio State University Alumni in 1988. Notably, she was a fellow of the US-Japan Leadership in 1995 and The Ohio State University from 1976 to 1977.
Attributing her success to her father, who was a U.S. Air Force veteran during the Korean War, Ms. Schiavo enjoys piloting in her spare time. She was selected for inclusion into several editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in Corporate America, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.
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