Laura Einspanier was appointed Vice President – Employee Relations for American Airlines, in May 2012. She is responsible for relations with all of the carrier’s employee groups, including labor negotiations and union relations, as well as oversight of a team of HR professionals who provide advice and counsel to managers across the company.
Einspanier previously served as Vice President–Corporate Real Estate from January 2003 through April 2012. In this capacity, she was in charge of all of the company’s facility and real estate activities worldwide, including acquisition, development and operation of airport properties, maintenance facilities and office buildings. She had responsibility for managing more than 25 million square feet of leased space and overseeing the design and construction of all facility projects including such things as the airline’s $3 billion terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Einspanier, an attorney, joined American’s Legal Department in 1991 and was promoted to a Senior Attorney in 1993. She became Associate General Counsel of Litigation in 1996, a position she held until she moved to the Corporate Real Estate Department as the Managing Director of Properties in 2001.
Prior to joining American, Einspanier was in private practice for seven years with Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C. She was a trial attorney specializing in commercial litigation.
Einspanier is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors in 1980 and Juris Doctor with honors in 1984.
For the past three years she has been assisting with an Ignatian Spirituality Program offered by Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas.