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Who We Are and What We Do

RSHC’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Team and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Team provide advice, strategy, and counsel in litigation avoidance and preparation, acquisitions, product liability, and intellectual property issues to clients building, selling, buying, using, and interacting with ground and aerial autonomous vehicles. In other words, we’re tech geeks turned lawyers.

With 75+ collective years spent as aerospace attorneys, our CAV and UAV team members are exceptional practitioners skilled across many disciplines. We know how to navigate compliance in the muddy terrain of state and federal regulation. We’re experienced in handling complicated transactions. We’ve dropped in as parachute counsel at the last moment of trial. We are exceptional writers, thinkers, litigators, dealmakers, and advocates. We stand at the ready to combine our disparate passions and exceptional talents into one unified team to serve a client’s many needs in Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technologies or parallel industries.

Our Clients

Our clients include established product manufacturers; tech startups; entities seeking to acquire AV technology; and firms in the defense, applied science, hybrid electric vehicle, and aeronautical engineering industries.

Our Lawyers

We’re the lawyers that trained as pilots, flew in flight simulators, built model airplanes as kids, and wander the Wright Brothers exhibit at the Air and Space Museum. We drive racecars, love auto design, and watch endless Top Gear episodes. Combine that with exceptional skills in litigating and advising in fields related to artificial intelligence, product liability, and intellectual property, and it’s no surprise we built teams focused on autonomous vehicles — ground and aerial vehicles alike.

Our Approach and Results 

We care deeply about the value that emerging autonomous vehicle technologies can bring to society. We want to advance companies investing in these technologies by being flexible and experienced companions from the ground up. Whether a client needs to create their in-house legal team from scratch, know what up-and-coming legal issues they will likely face, acquire a new business, minimize costs during litigation, or prevent litigation altogether, our CAV and UAV Teams are designed to meet needs wherever they arise. We provide cost-sensitive, flexible rates, and individual client teams that can be scaled to meet needs.

Delivering Value

We deliver value to our clients by understanding the issues that can arise from being an emerging player. We stay abreast of the ever - changing landscape of artificial intelligence and autonomous technologies. We steep ourselves in precedent, regulation, and industry evolution. Because of this, we offer unparalleled guidance for developing a technology more advanced than the regulatory system in which it is built. In short, we are tech-forward, intuitive communicators that can adeptly handle legal crises or business future-casting alike.

Insights

  • Autonomous Vehicles: Current Legal Landscape and Challenges on the Horizon

    RSHC’s Autonomous Vehicles Team offers a brief snapshot of the ever-evolving legal landscape for connected and autonomous ground vehicles (“CAV”) and unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAV”). The article provides federal and state-by-state overviews of CAV and UAV laws and regulations, including Arizona, California, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Virginia.

  • Connected Vehicles Bring Promise of Mobility — and Jobs — to Two Million People With Disabilities

    Riddle: What lifts people out of long-term poverty; pours previously untapped pools of workers into the workforce, thereby stimulating the economy; and grants independence to two million people with disabilities in the United States? Answer: Self-driving vehicles.

  • Public Comments Close on Proposed FAA Rule Governing Remote ID of Unmanned Aerial System

    The Federal Aviation Administration closed public comments in March 2020 on a newly proposed rule aimed at integrating unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) such as drones to United States airspace, specifically low-altitude air traffic. This article outlines the key provisions of the FAA’s proposal for Remote Identification of UAS in an incremental phase towards the eventual goal of comprehensive UAS traffic management.

  • The Public and Private Sectors Are Ready to Unleash Unmanned Maritime Vehicles

    Are unmanned maritime vehicles the next frontier in autonomous technology? The defense, commercial, and scientific sectors have realized the potential for unmanned maritime vehicles (UMVs). This article provides an introduction for stakeholders — manufacturers, insurers, consumers, and operators — to understand the governing authorities of UMVs.