Dean E.Griffith

Of Counsel

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Dean Griffith counsels clients on aviation regulatory matters, drawing on his nearly 10-year career at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Dean's experience ranges from traditional aircraft regulation to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drone, law and policy. He advises domestic and international clients on FAA safety and certification requirements, aircraft registration standards, use of corporate aircraft, airspace obstruction evaluation requirements, as well as international aviation regulations. He also assists clients with UAS regulatory compliance and operational approvals, corporate UAS policies, and review of proposed legislation and regulations.

As a regulatory lawyer in the FAA's Office of the Chief Counsel, Dean drafted safety regulations and was responsible for seeing them through the notice and comment process, including Office of Management and Budget Review. He also prepared legal interpretations and regulatory exemptions addressing air carriers, corporate aviation, helicopter air ambulance operations, and other commercial aviation matters.

Dean has deep experience and knowledge of unmanned aircraft systems law and policy. As the Chief Counsel's UAS regulatory policy team lead, he counseled agency decision makers on rulemaking, exemptions, and policy development related to unmanned aircraft. Dean advised on the creation of the "Section 333" exemption process, the UAS Pathfinder Program, and on the scope of the agency's jurisdiction to regulate drones.

Additionally, Dean served as senior advisor and acting deputy assistant administrator in the FAA's Office of Government and Industry Affairs, advising on matters concerning Congress, aviation industry groups, and other governmental organizations.

Dean is co-chair of the American Bar Association's Drone Law Committee.

Experience

  • BBA Aviation to sell Ontic for $1.365 billionJones Day is advising BBA Aviation plc ("BBA") in the sale of its Ontic business to an investment fund affiliated with CVC Capital Partners for $1.365 billion.
  • iAero Group acquires Swift AirJones Day advised iAero Group LLC (f.k.a. Blue Skies Aerospace Group LLC), as majority shareholder of the iAero Group, in its purchase of Swift Air, the leading independent U.S. airline charter business.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • June 25, 2019
      Public Safety Rules and Regulations, Hazmat & Drones Workshop
    • June 18, 2019
      Understanding Traffic Management: UTM 101 for Lawyers, moderator, ABA 2019 Drone Law Conference
    • June 12, 2019
      Lawyering for Drone Clients in the U.S.: Basics of Federal Drone Regulation, UTM, and Corporate Best Practices, 2019 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    • April 24, 2019
      Mastering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Law & Regulation, The Rossdale Group
    • February 13, 2019
      Cleared for Takeoff: Achieving the Promise of Airline Regulatory Reform, Airlines for America, International Air Transport Association Aviation Forum
    • October 25, 2018
      Aviation Hot Topics: Litigation, Regulatory, and Legislative Developments Facing the Aviation Industry, West LegalEdcenter
    • June 13, 2018
      Drone Legislation & Regulation: Shaping the Future of Drone Integration, 2018 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    • June 5, 2018
      UAS Regulatory Update: Where are we and where are we going?, ABA Drone Law Conference
    • February 23, 2018
      How UAS/Drones Have and Will Continue to Impact Transportation, ABA Air and Space Law Forum Update Conference
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