Leila Lahbabi is Lead Counsel for the City's Aviation Department, which owns and operates Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and a member of the City Attorney's Office.
She provides legal advice and counsel on matters involving the Aviation Department. Her areas of expertise include airline affairs, concession agreements, business diversity programs, public art, ground transportation, leases, non-aeronautical development, federal grant assurances, FAA and TSA regulations and First Amendment issues.
Lahbabi also manages the Aviation Department's Legal and Regulatory Team, which includes the assistant city attorneys assigned to the Aviation Department as well as the business diversity and FAA civil rights staff.
Lahbabi has been a part of the Aviation Department since December of 2004. Previously, she served as a prosecutor for the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office, specializing in violent crimes. Before attending law school, Lahbabi gained experience working as an underwriter for Prudential Property and Casualty Insurance Company and as a caseworker for Mecklenburg County's Department of Social Services.
Lahbabi has a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in history, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the Legal Steering Committee of Airports Council International-North America, Mecklenburg County Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association.