Law Firm Forms UAS Legal Team Led by Former FAA Chief Counsel

Full-service law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has launched an interdisciplinary legal team focused on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

According to Pillsbury, the legal team is led by Kenneth Quinn, former chief counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and current general counsel and secretary of the Flight Safety Foundation. The firm reports that the UAS Focus Team features lawyers with experience in practice areas and sectors such as aviation, international trade, communications, privacy/data security, finance and technology.

The legal team, Pillsbury notes, counsels clients across multiples industries on the licensing and operation of UAS.

‘Combining attorneys from different practice areas under one umbrella enables us to better respond to our clients' needs across numerous industries,’ says Pillsbury Chair James Rishwain Jr.

‘In a climate of both optimism and uncertainty, our clients are exploring the opportunities and the legal issues at play in this changing regulatory, legislative and technological landscape,’ comments Quinn, who is also co-leader of Pillsbury's aviation practice. ‘From agriculture to oil and gas, from entertainment to logistics, it's hard to think of a sector that wouldn't benefit from this disruptive technology.

‘From helping farmers improve crop yields and assisting first responders with search and rescue missions to advancing scientific research, UAS technology can help save time, money and, most importantly, lives,’ adds Quinn.


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