Michael Peck is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide where he teaches courses in Aviation/Aerospace Law, Business Law and Aviation Legislation. In addition, he is a retired Partner in the Global Finance Group of Sidley Austin LLP, a global law firm of more than 1800 lawyers with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Primarily located in the New York City office, Mr. Peck practiced for 36 years in the area of asset-backed finance (including aircraft finance) and structured securitization. He is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts of New York and Georgia as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States. He is currently the Chair of the Aviation Finance Subcommittee of the Association of the Bar of The City of New York. After a four-year period of active duty with the United States Army in Asia and Europe, Mr. Peck remained in the Army Reserves, rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and retired in 1998.
Mr. Peck is a graduate of the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), has JD and MBA degrees from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee), an MA degree in Anthropology from Duke University (Durham, North Carolina) and a BA degree from Washington & Lee University (Lexington, Virginia). He is also a graduate of (i) the Defense Strategy Course at the U.S. Army War College, (ii) the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and (iii) the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.
An avid pilot since 1978, Mr. Peck holds a commercial pilot’s certificate with instrument rating as well as a remote pilot’s certificate with small unmanned aircraft systems rating. He is also a certified flight instructor, instrument instructor and advanced ground instructor.