Hogan Lovells Launches Unmanned Aircraft Systems Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. 15 October 2014 – Hogan Lovells today announced the formation of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) Group. Given the many different industries in which its UAS clients operate, the Aviation practice has joined with other firm practice areas to form a multidisciplinary team dedicated to serving the legal needs of UAS clients across multiple disciplines and industries.

“Companies around the world are considering, with great interest, the numerous possibilities that unmanned aircraft systems create,” said Hogan Lovells UAS Group chair E. Tazewell “Ted” Ellett. “This sophisticated technology opens up many business opportunities for our clients. Our Aviation practice has been assisting UAS clients for years.  Now, by creating this dedicated UAS Group comprised of firm lawyers who are specialists in the many disciplines and industries of interest to our UAS clients, we are able to provide comprehensive UAS-related legal services on a global scale.”

Hogan Lovells has had a perennially top-rated Aviation practice serving aircraft operators of all types, as well as aircraft, engine, and component manufacturers; repair stations; airports; governmental entities; infrastructure companies; utility companies; real estate developers and financial institutions. Several years ago the Aviation practice expanded its services to advising UAS manufacturers and operators, as well as those developing new business models based on UAS capabilities.  The formal creation of a dedicated, multi-disciplinary UAS Group is a natural next step to expand these capabilities.

Members of this group represent the following highly-regarded firm practices: Aviation, Communications, Corporate/M&A, Government Contracts, Intellectual Property, International Trade and Investment, Legislative, Litigation, and Privacy and Data Security. Each of these practices has in-depth knowledge of legal disciplines critical to the success of our UAS clients.

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