McKenna Pursues Federal Regulatory Preemption in Unmanned Aircraft Systems ("UAS") Arena

Firm's Advisory Group Focuses on Safety-Related Policy Issues During Critical Period of Federal Rulemaking

Washington, DC (October 14, 2014) - McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (McKenna), on behalf of members of its UAS Advisory Group, has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requesting that any Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued by the FAA addressing small unmanned aircraft systems ("sUAS") include a regulation that expressly preempts state and local regulation of sUAS including design, sale, distribution, use, or operation. Small UAS are defined as those that weigh less than 55 lbs. and typically fly no more than 400 ft. above ground level.

The preemption petition was signed by Mark Dombroff, a McKenna partner who formerly headed the U.S. Department of Justice's aviation litigation group, and Larry Ebner, McKenna partner and a nationally recognized authority on federal preemption. The petition was prepared in conjunction with McKenna attorneys who have deep experience litigating federal preemption issues in cases involving conflicts between federal and state laws. The petition explains that a sUAS preemption regulation would be in the public interest and preserve and promote aviation safety. It would also facilitate safe and rapid integration of sUAS into the national airspace system.  

Noted California Appellate Lawyer Jules Zeman Joins McKenna Long as Partner in Los Angeles

Zeman is firm’s third new LA partner in past month; has handled more than 200 appellate matters, often in cases involving product liability, insurance, and business transactions

LOS ANGELES (September 24, 2014) – McKenna Long & Aldridge has made a noteworthy addition to its national appellate and product liability practices with the arrival of prominent California-based trial lawyer Jules Zeman. He is the third new partner to join McKenna's LA office in the past month.

Mr. Zeman was previously head of the Appellate Practice Group in the Los Angeles office of a California-based firm, and was also a member of the firm’s product liability, business litigation, employment and government liability practices.

Mr. Zeman, who brings a strong national appellate and trial practice, has appeared before state and federal courts around the country. He’s managed more than 200 appellate matters in a broad range of civil litigation, often in cases involving product liability, as well as disputed business transactions. His cases have resulted in more than 20 published decisions. Previously, he worked for the predecessor of Big Four accounting firm KPMG.

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