E. Tazewell Ellett

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District of Columbia, New York, Virginia


Ted Ellett is the Practice Administrator of the firm's Aviation Group, which since 2006 has been recognized as a first tier national aviation regulatory practice by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He also is the Chair of the firm’s multidisciplinary Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group and its Aviation Law Director.


Mr. Ellett's practice focuses on aviation administrative, regulatory, business, legislative, enforcement, and environmental matters. His federal government-related advocacy involves representation before the Congress and a number of federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Departments of State, Commerce, and Homeland Security, and Transportation Security Administration. He has been ranked by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in the aviation regulatory category since 2006.


Mr. Ellett represents a full spectrum of U.S. and foreign aviation clients, including aircraft, engine, and component manufacturers; passenger and cargo airlines; fractional ownership programs and other business aircraft operators; maintenance and service organizations; airports and airport-related businesses; financial organizations; state and local governments; and national trade associations.


For several years Mr. Ellett has had an active practice advising UAS manufacturers and operators, as well as companies and entrepreneurs developing creative uses for UASs and new business models based on the extraordinary capabilities of UASs.


Mr. Ellett has served as a leading spokesman regarding the regulation of aircraft fractional ownership program and other types of business aircraft operations in the U.S. and other countries. He has served as counsel to several multinational original equipment manufacturers (OEM's) in matters relating to the regulation of OEM's and holders of "parts manufacturer approvals," airworthiness certification, and continuing airworthiness. Mr. Ellett has advised airlines and aircraft and engine manufacturers on numerous NTSB and foreign aircraft accident investigations. He also has represented airports and airport-related businesses on airport regulatory, grant agreement compliance, and airport development matters.


Mr. Ellett is a former Chief Counsel of the FAA, a former Special Counsel to the Administrator of the FAA, and a former Special Assistant to a Member of the NTSB. As FAA Chief Counsel he was responsible for the development of the agency's policies and positions on all significant legal matters. Prior to his government service he was an associate at Hogan & Hartson for four years and a law clerk to The Honorable Stanley S. Harris of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.


Mr. Ellett is a member of the National Business Aviation Association’s Regulatory Issues Advisory Committee and a former member of the Tax Committee. He also is a former member of the Board and past President of the Aero Club of Washington.


Mr. Ellett is active in professional and charitable organizations. He is a past President of The Virginia Bar Association, and a former Chairman of the Transportation Section for both the Federal Bar Association and The Virginia Bar Association. He is The Virginia Bar Association's delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates, and a former member of the ABA's Constitution and Bylaws Committee. Mr. Ellett has served as a Big Brother, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Big Brothers of the National Capital Area, Inc., and as President of the Northern Virginia Council of the Big Brothers. He is a past President of the Board of the Northern Virginia New Neighbors Education Center. He also has served as Register and a member of the Vestry of Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and as the Vice President and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Christ Church Foundation. 




"The Evolving Legal Landscape for Unmanned Aircraft Systems," Panel Discussion, American Bar Association Forum on Air and Space Law Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec 



18 FEBRUARY 2015

"White House Releases Memorandum on Safeguarding Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties in the Domestic Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems." Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Privacy Alert, Hogan Lovells 


12 FEBRUARY 2015

"The FAA Has Issued Five More Exemptions for Commercial Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)." Unmanned Aircraft Systems Alert, Hogan Lovells 


06 FEBRUARY 2015

"The FAA Has Issued Five More Exemptions for Commercial Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems." Unmanned Aircraft Systems Alert, Hogan Lovells 


27 JANUARY 2015

"New FAA Exemptions for Commercial Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems." Unmanned Aircraft Systems Alert, Hogan Lovells 


23 DECEMBER 2014

"Legislative Proposal on Privacy and Commercial Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Provides Potential Roadmap for Regulation." 


15 DECEMBER 2014

"FAA Exemptions for Business or Commercial Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems." Government Regulatory Alert, Hogan Lovells 


25 NOVEMBER 2014

"NTSB Holds That Unmanned and Model Aircraft Are "Aircraft" Subject to the FAA Regulatory Prohibition Against "Careless and Reckless" Operation, Reversing the ALJ's Decision in the Pirker Case." Aviation Alert, Hogan Lovells 


27 OCTOBER 2014

"Launch of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Group." Hogan Lovells Alert, Hogan Lovells 


14 OCTOBER 2014

"Federal Aviation Administration grants exemptions for commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems." Aviation Alert, Hogan Lovells 


21 APRIL 2011

"Enhancing airline passenger protections rule." Aviation Alert, Hogan Lovells 




"Huerta v. Pirker: FAA’s Regulation of Innovative Technology on Trial." The Air & Space Lawyer, American Bar Association 



"FAA Regulation of Airports." Aviation Regulation in the United States, American Bar Association, co-author 


22 APRIL 2014

"Time to Rethink UAS in the U.S." Avionics Today 

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Virginia

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