Unmanned Aircraft Systems & Drones

As the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drone, industry experiences unprecedented growth, federal and state regulatory bodies are working diligently to safely integrate UAS into the nation’s public airspace—arguably the busiest and most complicated in the world. While UAS offer the potential to cost-effectively carry out operations that previously required use of manned aircraft, this new frontier also presents challenges for developers and users.

As the regulatory environment evolves, industries as varied as agriculture, aviation, construction, insurance, mining, motion picture and television filming, natural resources, news media, oil and gas, pipeline operations, real estate, telecommunications, and utilities continue to advance new applications for drones.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s multidisciplinary team provides counsel to clients in these industries ranging from regulatory compliance, to intellectual property, to litigation. We monitor developments that impact your interests, helping shape relevant rules and regulations on your behalf in the following areas:

  • Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COA)
  • Export controls (including ITAR)
  • FAA and other federal and state regulatory compliance and enforcement
  • FAA Section 333 Petitions for Exemption
  • FAA UAS rulemaking
  • Insurance and risk management concerns
  • Intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets)
  • Licensing, contracts and other transactional matters
  • Litigation
  • Privacy and data collection issues
  • Private property rights
  • Special Airworthiness Certificates
  • UAS operations, guidelines and training 

Business Transactions

Joel C. Fry
Joel C. Fry
Partner
Denver
jfry@​lrrc.com
303.628.9547 / vCard

Intellectual Property

Art Hasan
Art Hasan
Practice Group Leader, Partner
Los Angeles, Silicon Valley
ahasan@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Peter C. Hsueh
Peter C. Hsueh
Partner
Los Angeles, Silicon Valley
phsueh@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Constantine "Gus" Marantidis
Constantine "Gus" Marantidis
Partner
Los Angeles
cmarantidis@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Anne Aikman-Scalese
Anne Aikman-Scalese
Of Counsel
Tucson
aaikman@​lrrc.com
520.629.4428 / vCard
Mike Koplow, Ph.D.
Mike Koplow, Ph.D.
Associate
Los Angeles
mkoplow@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Martin W. Regehr, Ph.D.
Martin W. Regehr, Ph.D.
Associate
Los Angeles
mregehr@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Dustin R. Szakalski
Dustin R. Szakalski
Associate
Los Angeles
dszakalski@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard

Litigation

Ross L. Crown
Ross L. Crown
Partner
Albuquerque
rcrown@​lrrc.com
505.764.5402 / vCard
E. Martín Enriquez
E. Martín Enriquez
Partner
Denver
menriquez@​lrrc.com
303.628.9585 / vCard
Dennis E. Jontz
Dennis E. Jontz
Partner
Albuquerque
djontz@​lrrc.com
505.764.5405 / vCard
J. Christopher Jorgensen
J. Christopher Jorgensen
Partner
Las Vegas
cjorgensen@​lrrc.com
702.474.2642 / vCard
William D. Nelson
William D. Nelson
Partner
Colorado Springs
wnelson@​lrrc.com
719.386.3057 / vCard
Ben M. Ochoa
Ben M. Ochoa
Partner
Denver
bochoa@​lrrc.com
303.628.9574 / vCard
Brian Blakley
Brian Blakley
Associate
Las Vegas
bblakley@​lrrc.com
702.474.2687 / vCard

Regulatory & Government

Jeffrey H. Albright
Jeffrey H. Albright
Partner
Albuquerque
jalbright@​lrrc.com
505.764.5435 / vCard
Gregory Y. Harris
Gregory Y. Harris
Partner
Phoenix
gharris@​lrrc.com
602.262.0218 / vCard

Building on our experience representing clients in the aviation and other leading edge, high-tech sectors, our attorneys practice at the forefront of legal issues impacting businesses involved in the development of UAS and their various applications, including:

  • Advising energy and utility companies regarding Section 333 exemptions and compliant UAS programs
  • Assisting clients with preparation of comments in connection with FAA rulemaking for operation and certification of small unmanned aircraft systems
  • Representing an aviation industry client with regard to government contracts, UAS manufacturing agreements, and matters related to conversion of manned aircraft to unmanned applications
  • Presenting educational programs to various clients and industry groups regarding UAS regulations and operations
  • Preparing and prosecuting patent applications on UAS and related technologies
  • Acting as attorney-of-record for clearance and prosecution of UAS trademark registrations
  • Advising clients regarding state-level UAS-related legislation
  • Representing clients on a wide variety of FAA matters including registration and compliance filings

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06/22/2016
FAA releases final rules for commercial drone operations
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06/09/2016
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06/06/2016
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Law firm ranks in top 5 for lawyers included in Nevada Business Magazine's 2016 list
04/12/2016
Arizona, New Mexico attorneys selected as Southwest Super Lawyers
Annual listings reflect peer recognition and professional achievement
03/31/2016
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie achieves Top 15 ranking for patent allowances
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03/22/2016
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Annual awards honor memory of lawyer dedicated to equal justice and professionalism
01/05/2016
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Resources

Presentations by Tom Dougherty

  • "Property Rights - Who Owns the Airspace?" Colorado CLE, April 2016
  • "Drones in the Construction Industry," USLAW, April 2016
  • "Drones, Utilities, and Right-of-Way Considerations," Kinetic, March 2016
  • "Key Considerations for a Drone Program," Kinetic, March 2016
  • "Drone Law and Opportunities for Electric Cooperatives," Colorado Rural Electric Association, February 2016
  • "Drones and Right-of-Way Considerations," International Right-of-Way Association, February 2016
  • "Making the Business Case for Drones," Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, February 2016
  • "Drone Law Update," Colorado Cattlemen's Association, January 2016
  • "A Drone Law Overview for Corporate Counsel," Association of Corporate Counsel, January 2016
  • “Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Legal Issues and Legislative Responses,” New Mexico State Bar Association, October 2015
  • “Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Electric Utilities,” Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities, October 2015
  • “Unmanned Aircraft Systems – A Drone Law Overview for Business Lawyers,” Colorado Business Law Institute, October 2015
  • “Battery Storage: Is the Holy Grail Within Reach?” Energy Innovations Summit, October 2015
  • Legal and Insurance Roundtable, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Annual Rocky Mountain Symposium, November 2015
  • “Drones in the Real Estate Industry: What You Need to Know,” Colorado Association of Realtors (CAR), July 2015
  • "Drones and Agriculture," Mid-Summer Meeting, Colorado Farm Bureau, July 2015
  • "Drones for Lawyers -- The Do's and Don'ts for Clients," Colorado Bar Association, CLE Presentation, July 2015
  • "Drones and Agriculture," Annual Convention, Colorado Cattlemen's Association, June 2015
  • "Drones and Agriculture," American Farm Bureau Federation, June 2015
  • "Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Electric Cooperatives," Colorado Rural Electric Association, May 2015

Articles by Tom Dougherty

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Aviation & Aerospace

Key Contacts

Dennis E. Jontz
Dennis E. Jontz
Partner
505.764.5405
Gregory Y. Harris
Gregory Y. Harris
Partner
602.262.0218
Thomas J. Dougherty, II
Thomas J. Dougherty, II
Partner
303.628.9524