Hunton & Williams LLP, a global law firm headquartered in Richmond, Va., has formed a multidisciplinary Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Unit.
The unit will assist clients with the legal complexities associated with the developing regulatory framework pertaining to commercial UAS, including issues related to regulations and the rulemaking process of the Federal Aviation Administration (such as Section 333 guidance), the National Transportation Safety Board, and other state and federal agencies, the law firm explains.
The UAS Integration Unit, which is part of the larger Unmanned Systems Group, is led by Doug Kenyon, Eric Murdock, Mike Sievers and Lisa Sotto. The unit comprises business, litigation and regulatory professionals who will monitor and participate in the developments of regulatory programs for UAS and other unmanned systems.
The firm says it is launching the UAS Integration Unit in light of emerging regulatory environment regarding UAS and the broad scope of potential commercial uses for clients.
The current initiatives include collaborating with clients to develop internal working groups to include representatives from legal, new technologies, risk management, privacy and security, and aviation departments, as well as participation in joint efforts of industry, trade groups and government to clarify rules regarding the operation of UAS and related systems.