Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Jenner & Block offers a unique combination of real-world aviation experience and full-service regulatory knowledge developed from supporting dynamic aviation and aerospace clients, as well as innovative multi-disciplinary capabilities necessary to address the full spectrum of issues relating to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

The operational capabilities of UAS require the resolution of numerous legal, regulatory, and policy challenges, from bridging regulatory gaps impeding flight operations to addressing privacy and civil liberties concerns.  The legal and regulatory landscape in which UAS operate is evolving with technology – a hybrid of traditional and cutting-edge thinking.  The UAS ecosystem is highly regulated, closely scrutinized, and rapidly changing; our lawyers have the experience and ability to help clients successfully navigate this industry.

The UAS ecosystem spans multiple industry sectors, including operations, manufacturing, remote sensing, command and control, and technology.  Companies with interests in these sectors need counsel who have experience before relevant regulatory agencies and can provide strategic advice that enables clients to achieve their business objectives and mitigate risk.  Our lawyers routinely provide guidance regarding the entire range of compliance issues related to UAS development and deployment, including:

  • Safety
  • Licensing
  • Operations
  • Airspace
  • Federal preemption
  • Privacy
  • Cybersecurity
  • Testing
  • Unusual use cases

Although many firms boast of UAS capabilities, Jenner & Block’s aviation and aerospace lawyers have been representing clients before agencies and providing full spectrum advice since the start of UAS activity.  In short, our professionals have been leaders in the area and have substantial experience helping UAS clients achieve their operational and business goals.