Aviation – Manned & Unmanned

40+ years of experience in the aviation community

Why Cooley
  • Counsel aviation clients related to antitrust concerns, as well as designed and implemented antitrust and competition policy compliance programs
  • Assist airlines in commercial arrangements unique to the airline industry, including flying, ground handling, maintenance, supply and intellectual property arrangements
  • Advise clients in state courts, federal courts and commercial arbitrations, as well as administrative proceedings
  • Market leader for innovative, tax-efficient structuring of business transactions and effective resolution of significant tax controversies
  • Team is actively involved with industry trade associations, such as the Airlines for America, the National Business Aviation Association, the National Air Carriers Association and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
  • Represent clients before multiple regulatory agencies, including the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration and the Department of State
  • Successfully secured the first 8 exemptions allowing clients to commercially operate UAVs
  • Counsel on compliance with regulatory requirements imposed by the FAA, federal, state and local agencies, including preparing and obtaining Section 333 exemptions, Certificates of Waiver or Authorization and Special Airworthiness Certificates 

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Solving legal issues for the commercial drone industry from the beginning

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Group contacts
Parker Erkmann  Special Counsel Washington, DC
J.G. Harrington   Special Counsel Washington, DC
Thomas Welk  Senior Counsel San Diego
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