Wiley Rein Expands Aviation Practice with Former FAA Counsel


Gary A. Michel, a senior attorney with more than 30 years of regulatory experience in the office of the chief counsel at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has joined law firm Wiley Rein's aviation practice and its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) working group as consulting counsel.

According to the law firm, Michel will collaborate with the UAS team on behalf of Wiley Rein clients to develop legal strategies for the deployment of UAS into commercial and other operations and will work with manufacturers and operators to promote lawful operation of UAS in the U.S. national airspace system.

While at the FAA, Michel served as attorney-manager for airworthiness in the advanced aircraft and unmanned aircraft law branch and attorney-manager for the advanced aircraft and commercial space law branch, among other positions. He briefed senior FAA executives on the regulation of UAS, served as one of the agency's authorities on UAS airworthiness matters for more than fifteen years and was the FAA's staff attorney on the small UAS aviation rulemaking committee.

Wiley Rein notes that it established a multi-disciplinary group of professionals this year to assist clients in the developing area of UAS for commercial use in the U.S.

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