Product Liability/Mass Tort

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or Drones)

We represent clients in a wide variety of issues related to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones), including general advice and consulting, regulatory compliance and litigation. Our clients range from large utility companies, manufacturers, premises owners, commercial operators to smaller start-ups. Creating a viable drone program by understanding the regulatory landscape and risks must work in tandem with our client’s business goals.

Our team can help you navigate these complexities in the areas below.

Regulatory compliance

  • FAA regulations (Part 107) including waiver process for operations outside of Part 107
  • Section 333 exemptions
  • OSHA
  • Overlap with other regulatory agency rules

Consulting on all aspects of risk management related to drones

  • Advice on insurance considerations
  • Strategic planning for UAS program
  • Creation of policies and procedures
  • Training and certification of remote pilot-in-command
  • Contractual analysis of vendor/partner relationships
  • State law compliance
  • Avoidance of civil liability
  • Records creation, maintenance, and destruction
  • Privacy and Cyber Security
  • Product liability, personal injury, and property damage litigation

Incident response, investigation & litigation related to drone use

  • Product liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Property damage
  • FAA administrative challenges

Industries served

  • Utilities
  • Premises Owners
  • Manufacturers
  • Commercial Operators
  • Start ups
  • Associated Professionals
Brian N. Johnson

Brian N. Johnson

Shareholder and Chair, Product Liability/Mass Tort Practice Group


Sheila T. Kerwin

Sheila T. Kerwin



Matthew C. Murphy

Matthew C. Murphy