Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law,
The George Washington University,
B.A., Political Science, 1991
District of Columbia
Aero Club of Washington
American Association of Exporters and Importers
American Bar Association
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
Society for International Affairs
Virginia State Bar
Thompson Coburn LLP
Dombroff & Gilmore, P.C.
Rodriguez O’Donnell Fuerst Gonzalez & Williams
Law Clerk, 1998-1999
Sean helps his clients navigate the complex web of federal regulations that affect their transportation and export operations.
Sean has over 20 years of transportation regulatory experience in the aviation, trucking, rail and maritime industries. During this time he has handled numerous compliance issues regarding: general, commercial and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) matters; establishment of public charters; hazardous materials (HAZMAT) classifications; responses to HAZMAT violations; obtaining U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) registration and motor carrier (MC) operating authority; responding to USDOT safety audits; drafting and reviewing transportation contracts; placing rail systems into the rails-to-trails system; and general inquiries regarding maritime regulatory and Shipping Act violations. Sean practices before a variety of federal regulatory agencies, including the USDOT; the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA); the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA); the Surface Transportation Board (STB); and the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). He is also co-chair of the firm's UAS (Drone) Practice Group and co-host of the Firm's UAS podcast, Three Lawyers and a Drone.
Sean also counsels clients on U.S. federal regulatory compliance issues associated with the export of controlled products, technology and related services. Sean routinely assists clients in: determining the correct export classifications for items controlled under the Commerce Department's Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) list or the State Department's International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) United States Munitions List (USML); obtaining export licenses; drafting and implementing export compliance manuals and procedures; reviewing transactions for compliance with U.S. sanctions; and representing clients in the initial and full voluntary disclosure (VD) or voluntary self-disclosure (VSD) process. Sean practices before a variety of federal regulatory agencies, including the Department of Commerce (DOC) Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS); the Department of State (DOS) Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
What every shipper should know about OSRA 22
Cooperation and a commitment to a compliance program results in a DOJ non-prosecution agreement for SAP
U.S., EU, and UK ease trade tensions in Boeing-Airbus dispute and temporarily halt tariffs
FAA ends 2020 with announcement of two major drone rules
Additional due diligence may be required for many exports to China
USMCA allows challenges to U.S. grants of authority given to persons of Mexico providing cross-border long-haul trucking services in the United States
Beware: It’s time to reevaluate your exports and deemed exports to Hong Kong
Motor carriers and drivers beware: FMCSA scales back COVID-19 immediate needs in latest update to Emergency Declaration No. 2020-20
FAA announces remote identification proposed rule for drones
Checklists of Foreign Countries Subject to Sanctions
FAA announces new drone rule requiring visible UAS registration number
Update on academic use of drones
Micro UAS Committee charts bold new course for FAA treatment of smaller unmanned aircraft
Drone technology: The regulatory outlook
Anti-drone technologies: The regulation challenge
Senate committee examines unmanned aircraft system safety, privacy concerns
And on that farm he had a drone: UAS deployment in precision agriculture
Small Business Committee holds hearing to explore commercial drone operations
FAA grants exemption for large crop-spraying unmanned aircraft
Section 333 at 200 days: Where are we now?
Amazon Prime Air closer to takeoff: FAA grants Internet giant's request for drone ‘exemption’ and experimental certificate
Small UAS comment countdown begins: FAA publishes notice of proposed rulemaking
Final approach: FAA announces long-awaited small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Florida drone bill a reminder to UAS operators: Know all the rules before you fly
Final rules for international trade data highlight issues for routed export transaction
FAA settles trail-blazing drone case for $1,100
UAS hearing yields details on systems research and development, but no timeline for small UAS rule
More boots on the ground: FAA provides law enforcement guidance for suspected unauthorized UAS operation
'Tis the season: FAA launches safety campaign for unmanned aircraft
Unmanned aircraft systems are 'aircraft' once again: National Transportation Safety Board reverses administrative law judge on key definition
Shipping hazmats by air? Follow the rules or pay the price: FAA imposes substantial penalties for hazardous materials violations
International trade compliance: 6 basic products questions a company should answer
BIS releases final rule implementing STA license exception
Episode 8: Arthur Frisch and Robert Sweeting on drone deliveries in the Bahamas
Episode 7: Tomislav Žigo of Clayco on drone use in commercial construction
Episode 6: Drone photographer Justin Barr of @STL_From_Above
Episode 5: Andrew Elefant of Kittyhawk
Episode 4: Public and government use of drones
Episode 3: Commercial UAS basics
Episode 2: Tips for first-time drone operators
Episode 1: Drone disruptions at airports and public spaces
Ag and drones – What do you need to know?
FAA provides clearer skies for educational use of drones
Drones on campus: What higher ed needs to know
"FAA announces remote identification proposed rule for drones";
"Introduction to U.S. Trade Compliance for Legal, Customs and Compliance Personnel";
"Countries Subject to Various Restrictions by the U.S., EU and UN";
"FAA announces new drone rule requiring UAS registration number";
"Update on academic use of drones";
"Micro UAS Committee charts bold new course for FAA treatment of smaller unmanned aircraft";
"Shippers, are you ready for SOLAS’ verified container weight mandate?";
"Anti-Drone Technologies: The Regulation Challenge";
The Cipher Brief March 2016
"Drone Technology: The Regulatory Outlook";
The Cipher Brief September 2015
"Drones and sports: A brief overview";
"And on that farm he had a drone: UAS deployment in precision agriculture";
September 3, 2015
"Small Business Committee holds hearing to explore commercial drone operations";
July 23, 2015
"FAA grants exemption for large crop-spraying unmanned aircraft";
"Section 333 at 200 days: Where are we now?";
"Amazon Prime Air closer to takeoff: FAA grants Internet giant's request for drone ‘exemption’ and experimental certificate";
"Small UAS comment countdown begins: FAA publishes notice of proposed rulemaking";
"Final approach: FAA announces long-awaited small UAS notice of proposed rulemaking";
"Florida drone bill a reminder to UAS operators: Know all the rules before you fly";
"FAA settles trail-blazing drone case for $1,100";
"UAS hearing yields details on systems research and development, but no timeline for small UAS rule";
"More boots on the ground: FAA provides law enforcement guidance for suspected unauthorized UAS operation";
"'Tis the season: FAA launches safety campaign for unmanned aircraft";
"Unmanned Aircraft Systems Are 'Aircraft' Once Again"
November 18, 2014
"Shipping hazmats by air? Follow the rules or pay the price: FAA imposes substantial penalties for hazardous materials violations"
October 3, 2014
"Drones and Commercial Real Estate - The Wait Continues"
September 23, 2014
"International Trade Compliance: 6 Basic Products Questions A Company Should Answer,"
Corporate Compliance Insights October 2011
Co-Author: "Trade Compliance Handbook"
"It's A Bird? It's A Plane? It's A Drone!: Unmanned Aircraft on Campus";
NACUA virtual seminar November 2015
"International Trade Law: Export Control Reform: What Does It Mean or Not Mean For Your ITAR and/or EAR Exports";
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