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Patti Arthur, Of Counsel

Patti Arthur, Of Counsel

Patti Arthur has practiced law for nearly 30 years and represents clients nationwide. former airline pilot and airline instructor, she is the practice manager for UAV (Drone), Aviation and Tax Law for Anderson & Hughes, P.C..

Her practice emphasizes all legal matters for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) including startup operations, usage contract drafting, operational scaling and business succession planning, FAA Part 107 waivers, government and tax exempt entity UAV operations, local ordinance drafting, privacy violations, FAA violations, insurance and risk management, insurance bad faith, and drone accident liability. 

Patti also has extensive experience representing aviation businesses, airports, flight schools, hangar owners and developers, Fixed Based Operators, charter operators, corporate flight departments and individual pilots, including airline crew members, with regulatory compliance issues. 

In addition to her Juris Doctorate, Patti also has an advanced law degree in taxation. After receiving her J.D. degree she continued her studies in law and received a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from the University of Denver in 1991. She has represented hundreds of tax exempt and nonprofit organizations nationwide on the complex tax matters unique to the independent sector. Her work has involved tax controversy matters, state and local tax compliance and controversy issues, retroactive reinstatement of revoked tax exempt status and nonprofit startup assistance for public charities and private foundations. 

Patti has published numerous articles on aviation and tax topics and she conducts regular Webinars and Seminars for the aviation and nonprofit community.

She has won numerous community and professional awards for her work and volunteer service.


  • 1991 -- University of Denver – Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.)
  • 1990 -- Western Michigan University – Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1986 -- Wilkes University, Pennsylvania – Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2019 Chaffee County Economic Development Corp. "Trailblazer Award"  
  • 2015 Bio selected for “Colorado Sky Stars: Trailblazing Women in Aviation & Aerospace”
  • 2012 Woman of the Year – Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce
  • 2011 Experimental Aircraft Association Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • 2011 Business of the Month—Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce
  • 1996 Distinguished Young Alumna Award – Wilkes University
  • 1990 American Jurisprudence Prize Award in Advocacy

Professional & Community Activities: 

  • Counsel –  Chair, Chaffee County Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Advisory Board, 2015-Present
  • Member -- IATSBA - International Air & Transportation Bar Association (formerly NTSB Bar Assoc)
  • Member -- Rotary Foundation Local Committee -- Salida, Colorado, 2017- present
  • Member – Board of Directors Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce, 2011-2015
  • Member – Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Legal Advisory Council, 1994-2012
  • Member – Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Legal Services Panel, 1994-1999 and 2008-2013
  • Chair – Chaffee County Colorado Airport Board, 2007-2009
  • Chair, Budget Committee, and Member – Chaffee County Visitors Bureau, 2008
  • Trustee – Colorado Flight Safety Foundation, 1996-2001
  • President – Colorado Pilots Association, 1995-1996
  • Regional Vice President – NTSB Bar Association, 1996-1998
  • Chair-Safety Committee – Colorado Pilots Association, 1994-1995
  • Board of Directors – Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 1998-1999
  • Board of Directors – Colorado Aviation Historical Society, 1998
  • Hearing Officer – Colorado Bar Legal Fee Arbitration Committee, 1997-1998.
  • Publications, Webinars and Seminars:

  • July, 2019, Oshkosh, WI. Patti will be conducting several workshops and seminars for EAA. 
  • April, 2018, Oshkosh, WI. Webinar on Tax Exempt Basics
  • July, 2017, Oshkosh, WI. 2 Seminars on Advanced Topics for Tax-Exempt Aviation Organizations. 
  • April, 2017, Oshkosh, WI. Webinar on Donations and Contributions to IRC Section 501(c)(3) Organizations. 
  • September 2016, Oshkosh, WI. Webinar on IRS Form 1023-EZ.
  • June, 2016, Oshkosh, WI. Authored "Establishing a 510(c)(3) Organization-A Guide for Chapters. 
  • August, 2015, Salida, CO. Seminar. Tips, Tricks & Tax Techniques for Non-Profits.
  • August, 2015, Oshkosh, WI. Webinar on Retroactive Reinstatement of Lost Tax-Exempt Status.
  • July, 2015, Oshkosh, WI. 2 Seminars on Advanced Topics for Tax-Exempt Organizations.
  • August, 2014, Oshkosh, WI. Co-Authored “Establishing a Nonprofit Flying Club: EAA’s Flying Club Manual.
  • June 4, 2013, Salida, CO. Public Seminar on Regulatory Basics for Nonprofits.
  • June 11, 2013, Buena Vista, CO. Public Seminar on Regulatory Basics for Nonprofits.
  • Tips for Treasurers — EAA Chapter Webinar – February 2011.
  • Recordkeeping for Tax Exempt Organizations – 2010.
  • Filing the 990-N ePostcard for Small Tax Exempt Organizations – 2010.
  • Tax Exempt Status: Getting It and Keeping It — 2009.
  • State Sales and Use Tax for Aircraft Owners and Builders – 2008-2009.

Over 20 other additional publications and commentary on tax-exempt, aviation and real estate topics 1990-Present. 

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